Romelu Lukaku Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

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Romelu Lukaku led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Friday.

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It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 29-year-old Romelu Lukaku has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2022 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 01/10/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Romelu Lukaku tops annual list of highest-paid footballers

In 2020 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (September 30) that Lukaku is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between September 2021 and September 2022, a nearly $60 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 Belgian footballer has an estimated net worth of $275 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 Lukaku Burger” chain) in Brussels, a Football Team (the “Antwerp Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlukaku - Belgium), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Romelu) and a fashion line called “Romelu Lukaku Seduction”.

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

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