Raul Meireles Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Raul Meireles
Raul Meireles led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 38-year-old Raul Meireles has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2021 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 02/08/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Raul Meireles tops annual list of highest-paid footballers

In 2019 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (August 1) that Meireles is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between July 2020 and July 2021, a nearly $30 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Portuguese footballer has an estimated net worth of $185 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Meireles Burger” chain) in Lisbon, a Football Team (the “Porto Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermeireles - Portugal), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Raul) and a fashion line called “Raul Meireles Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Raul fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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