By Basil Afoni
Cameroonian born Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o came in at the third position in goal.com’s top richest footballers’ list for the year 2014.
The richest African footballer’s wealth was estimated at 85 million Euros, that is a circa FCFA 55,756,345,000 billion.
According to goal.com, the short but highly lucrative spell with Anzhi – which included the practice of flying to Russia from Paris for training and then on to Dagestan for home games – has firmly established him at the top end of the Goal Rich List?
Eto’o retains a €5m a year sponsorship package with PUMA, as well as deals with Ford and fashion label John Richmond.
Among his investments, the 33-year-old boasts a collection of stunning cars worth a total of around €5m, including a Bugatti Veyron, two Aston Martins and a Maybach Xenatec.
It should be noted that Eto’o had hit the headlines in 2009 when he bought each of his national team-mates a €33,000 (£29,000) watch with a personal inscription after they qualified for the World Cup.
In another development, Samuel Eto’o has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet and has hinted he may extend his stay at Chelsea beyond this season.
1. Christiano Ronaldo (148M Euros)
2. Lionel Messi (120.5m Euros)
3. Samuel Eto’o (85m Euros)
4. Wayne Rooney (84m Euros)
5. Kaka (82m Euros)
6. The Neymar Family (80m Euros)
7. Ronaldinho (78m Euros)
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (69m Euros)
9. Gianluigi Buffon (63m Euros)
10. Theirry Henry (57m Euros)