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Samuel Eto’o Premier League’s Wealthiest Foreign Player

Fri 10th Jan 2014 | Money & Finance

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is the wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League (EPL) player with a net worth of £39 million (US$64 million), according to a Wealth-X list that also includes players from Spain, Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Cameroonian-born Eto'o signed a one-year deal with Chelsea in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee, although several media reports claimed he took a substantial pay cut to move to the English club from Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala. 

The combined fortunes of the 10 footballers on the list is £245 million (US$402 million), £10 million less than the combined net worth of the individuals on Wealth-X's list of the wealthiest English-born EPL players. Wayne Rooney topped that list – and also ranks first on the combined list of English and foreign-born EPL footballers - with his £45 million (US$ 73 million) personal fortune.

Three Chelsea players appear in the list, and collectively their combined wealth totals £87 million (US$142 million). Manchester City is also represented by three players on the list, with a combined net worth of £68 million (US$ 111 million).

Below are the top 5 wealthiest foreign-born EPL players:

Rank

Name

Country of Origin

Team

Net Worth 
(£ million)

Net Worth 
(US$ million)

1

Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon

Chelsea

39

64

2

Ryan Giggs

Wales

Manchester Utd

27

45

3

Fernando Torres

Spain

Chelsea

26

42

4

Yaya Toure

Ivory Coast

Manchester City

25

41

5

Sergio Aguero

Argentina

Manchester City

24

39

Michael Byrne, Wealth-X UK Director, said: "The results of this survey may come to a surprise for many, who may have been under the impression that foreign-born EPL players receive more rewarding compensation than their English counterparts.

“English-born footballers in the EPL amass greater sponsorship and are therefore in a position to accumulate greater overall net worth. This run-down certainly produces more surprises than the English-born list."

Download the full list at http://www.wealthx.com/articles/2014/chelsea%E2%80%99s-eto%E2%80%99o-tops-list-of-wealthiest-foreign-born-english-premier-league-footballers/

Image: Action Images / Tony O'Brien

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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