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Richest Football Players of Argentina

Though football players' performances have always been of interest to football fans, they have pursued the professionals' personal lives consistently. In today's article, we have focused on the richest football players of Argentina, that some of the presented names on the list might be your heroes.

Throughout the history of Argentina, football has been more than just a sport for them and has been part of their culture. Considering football as the most recreational sport, Argentina owns the most number of football players, 2,658,811. In the last half of the 19th century, the British immigrants introduced the sport to Argentina.

After contesting the Argentine league in 1891 for the first time, it has placed the fifth-oldest one of a FIFA member after England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. Whether it refers to their history or it comes from their genes, football has a different position rather other sports in the country, the most popular and played game. 

In the FIFA ranking, Argentina has placed itself amongst the best football clubs and the eight countries in the world that have recorded winning the World Cup in their history. One of the other prominent honors for Argentina is that they have taken part in FIFA World Cup Finals five times.

If you are one of the big football fans, you have confronted the issue that many stars in the football world come from Argentina, by which the country has recorded two World Cup titles in its football history. Argentina has been a breeding ground for the most exquisite players, considering highly paid ones in the football world. 

A Look at Argentina's Richest Football Players 

Keep Reading till the end of the article to know the richest football players of Argentina.

Gonzalo Higuain

  • Age: 33

  • Current Team: Inter Miami

  • Net Worth: $16 Million

The footballer that has placed tenth with $16 million on the list of the 

richest football players of Argentina

 is Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain. The prolific striker serves as captain for Inter Miani, the Major League Soccer. Carrying El Pipita or Pipa as his nickname, Higuain is famous for his eye for goal, attacking moves, and powerful physique.

Being known as one of the best strikers of his generation, Higuain began his profession in 

River Plate

 in 2005, that through a transfer of €12 million, joined 

Real Madrid

 in 2007.

Within playing for the professional Spanish club,

Higuain

earned several domestic achievements, including La Liga titles, 107 scored goals, and 109 league appearances. As a player of

Napoli

, he recorded several other records in his career history, Coppa Italia, Capocannoniere title, reaching Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for goals.

All these gainings paved the way for him to join Juventus, which its value made the contract one of the highest football transfers of all time and the highest ever transfer for a club in Italy. Though Higuain had made his debut for Argentina in 2008, he did his full international one in 2009.

Since then, till the day he announced his retirement from appearing in international football in 2019, he represented the team at three Copa America matches, three FIFA World Cups. He also had an efficient role in serving Argentina to place second at the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Copa America, and the Copa America Centenario in 2016.

Nicolas Otamendi

  • Age: 33

  • Current Team: Benfica

  • Net Worth: $18 Million

The following person is Nicolas Hernan Gonzalo Otamendi, whose high net worth, $18 million, has brought his name amongst the richest football players of Argentina. The professional player is currently a center back at 

Benfica

, a Premier League club and Argentina national team.

Spending his early career with

Velez Sarsfield

and Porto, Otamendi enhanced his career history to a prominent, talented, and professional footballer. While he played for Porto, he won three Primer Liga championships and the 2011 Europa League, and five more others.

Before joining Benfica in 2020,

Otamendi

played five years for Manchester City and achieved the Premier League in two consecutive seasons, 2017-18 and 2018-19. However, through performing his astonishing performance, he won four League Cups and an FA Cup.

His appearances in international competitions have been as successful as playing for the clubs. Since 2009, which he made his debut for international matches, Otamendi has represented Argentina's national team at two World Cups. Additionally, he took part at four Copas America that in which he contributed to back-to-back runner-up endings.

Pablo Zabaleta

  • Age: 36

  • Current Team: Retired 

  • Net Worth: $18 Million

The $18-million net worth has ranked Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod eighth on the list of the 

richest football players of Argentina

. Although the former Argentine professional player played as a right-back, he was excellent as a full-back at both sides of the pitch.

Within his senior career, from 2002 to 2020, he played for four clubs, 

San Lorenzo

, Espanyol, 

West Ham United

, and Manchester City, in which the last one he spent most of his playing time. After achieving the 2005-06 Copa del Rey when he was at the La Liga club RCD Espanyol, Zabaleta joined Man City. During the nine years that he played for them made 333 appearances. 

Through gaining many honors with Manchester City, including the FA Cup in 2011, the Premier League two times in 2012 and 2014, the League Cup in 2014 and 2016, and the Community Shield in 2012, he upgraded his career history a lot.

Besides his outstanding playing in various clubs, Zabaleta began his international appearances in 2005. He was a member of Argentina's national team that ended as runners-up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He also presented the team at the 2011 and 2015 Copa America and the time that Argentina achieved gold at the 2008 Olympics. 

Ezequiel Lavezzi

  • Age: 36

  • Current Team: Retired

  • Net Worth: $18 million

Ezequiel Ivan Lavezzi is another footballer whose $18-million net worth has allocated place seven on the list of the richest football players of Argentina to himself. The former Argentine professional player, who is now a 36-year-old man, announced his retirement from his career in 2019 when he was a member of Hebei China Fortune.

Lavezzi, who was a forward on the pitch, had some prominent features by which he was famous, such as his pace, hardworking style of play, creativity, and dribbling ability. Though the talented player most of the time appeared as a winger, he had played as a second striker or an attacking midfielder occasionally.

During his career history, which lasted for about 16 years, Lavezzi won various honors, such as the 2012 Coppa Italia when he was a player of Napoli. His performance was so professional and stunning, which led him to sign a €26.5 million contract with 

Paris Saint-Germain

 in 2012.

He made more than 150 appearances for the team and could gain three Ligue 1 championships, two Coupes de la Ligue, and one Coupe de France. He also was a member of the Argentina national team when they won various honors. Lavezzi represented them when they won the Olympic gold medal in 2008, reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa America, and the Copa America Centenario. 

Carlos Tevez

  • Age: 37

  • Current Team: Boca Juniors

  • Net Worth: $28 Million

The 37-year-old current player of Boca Junior, who owns a $28 million net worth, is one of the other members of the list of the 

richest football players of Argentina

. Having the features of quickness, tenacious, power, hardworking have made

Tevez

a dynamic player in his role, who is not only capable of playing as a striker, but as a winger, a supporting forward, or an attacking midfielder.

Since 2001, that Tevez began his career in

Boca Junior

, he has played for nine clubs. Though meanwhile, he earned many honors, confronted difficulties too. The Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup are two of the achievements he gained with Boca Junior.

His playing for Corinthians, the Brazilian club, also was the period he won Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A. Having joined Manchester City, his previous club's rival, Tevez won the Premier League Golden Boot and the Premier League title.

One of his other awards is Scudetti two times when he was a player of 

Juventus

. Tevez's contract with Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese club, made him the highest-paid footballer in the world. 

Erik Lamela

  • Age: 29

  • Current Team: Tottenham Hotspur

  • Net Worth: $29 Million

Owning $29-million net worth has added the name of Erik Manuel Lamela to the list of the 

top 10 richest Argentinian footballers

. Born on 4 March 1992, Lamela is a 29-year-old professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Argentina's national team and

Tottenham Hotspur

, the Premier League club.

Comparing Lamela's performance in River Plate and 

Roma 

reveals that though he played one season more for the former club, he did not perform as best as in the latter. Within his three seasons in River Plate, he appeared in 36 matches and scored four times, while during his 67 appearances in Roma, he netted 21 times. 

In 2013, following a deal worth an initial £25.8 million, plus up to £4.2 million in bonus payments for moving to Tottenham Hotspur,

Lamela

became the most expensive player within Tottenham's history by which he surpassed Paulinho and Roberto Soldado's records. Despite his brilliant performance, the club left him off in January 2021 because he had attended a Christmas party that had broken the Covid-19 regulations.  

Javier Mascherano

  • Age: 37

  • Current Team: Retired

  • Net Worth: $40 Million

The $40-million net worth has made Javier Alejandro Mascherano one of the other members of the list, top 10 richest football players of Argentina. The former professional footballer had the roles of a defensive midfielder or center-back on the pitch.

Within playing for River Plate, Mascherano gained the Argentine Primera Division, which was its first senior honor. Having moved to the Brazilian club, 

Corinthians

, Mascherano won the Brazilian Serie A in the first season of his appearance. Mascherano played in various teams, which he spent most of the period in 

Liverpool 

and Barcelona.

Having joined the latter, Mascherano played as the central defender instead of his former and usual role, a defensive midfielder. The era was an outstanding period in his career history. He gained several honors, including the La Liga championships five times, UEFA Champions League titles two times, and two FIFA Club World Cups. Also, Mascherano appeared in 147 international competitions for the Argentina National team and scored three times.

Between 2003 and 2018, Mascherano represented his team at Copa America five times and finishing runner-up in three seasons, 2004, 2007, and 2015. Additionally, he achieved a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 2004 and 2008, which led him to become the first male footballer. However, Dezso Novak, the Hungarian defender, had done it earlier in 1968. 

Sergio Aguero

  • Age: 33

  • Current Team: Manchester City

  • Net Worth: $70 Million

The third-place amongst the 

top 10 richest football players of Argentina

 belongs to Sergio Leonel Aguero del Castillo, the footballer whose net worth is $70 million. The current striker of Premier League club Manchester City will leave the club and join La Liga club 

Barcelona 

in less than a week on 1 July 2021.

The name on his shirt, Kun, is his childhood nickname, which comes from the title character in the cartoon Kum-Kum. He is the player whose appearance in the Argentine Primera Division at his 15 years and 35 days caused him to surpass Diego Maradona that had appeared there while he was 27.

Through his transfer to Atletico Madrid, 

Aguero 

established himself as one of the world's best young players and achieved the Don Balon, the Golden Boy, and the World Soccer Young Player of the Year. The fourth all-time Premier League goalscorer, Aguero carries the titles of the club's all-time top goalscorer and the highest non-English scorer in the matches with his 184 scored goals.

Talking about his honors needs a separate article, and here we only mention some of them, such as winning Premier League Golden Boot and holding the record for most Premier League hat-tricks. To know more about his profession and personal life, read the articles related to his biography top facts around him on Sportmob. 

Angel Di Maria

  • Age: 33

  • Current Team: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Net Worth: $110 Million

Angel Fabian Di Maria, the 33-year-old professional footballer, who currently plays for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, has allocated second place amongst the richest football players of Argentina to himself with his $110-million net worth.

Though the talented player usually appears as a winger on the pitch, he can play as an attacking midfielder very well. After playing for

Rosario Central

, Di Maria moved to Benfica, which later played an efficient role in the club and helped them achieve a Primera Liga championship and Taca da Liga titles.

Di Maria

also won the UEFA Champions League and a La Liga title when he was a member of Real Madrid. Additionally, his appearances in PSG earned him various honors, such as four league titles, five Coupe de France, and four Coupe de la Ligue.

Within six consecutive seasons that Di Maria has been playing for the club, he has appeared 264 times and scored 87 goals, which these numbers have earned him the title of the PSG's eighth-highest goalscorer and all-time leader in assists. 

Lionel Messi

  • Age: 33

  • Current Team: Barcelona

  • Net Worth: $400 million

As you expected, Lionel Messi is the Argentine man who deserves to be not only the first person amongst the richest football players of Argentina but the best and most qualified in all other fields.

Messi, the forward and captain of Argentina's national team and Barcelona, does not need to be introduced even to those who do not follow the football world seriously.

Messi

, who has spent the whole of his career in Barcelona, made 810 appearances and scored 683 times within the 17 seasons.

Since his rich career history is full of top and outstanding honors, we only mention some of his achievements. As Barcelona's all-time top scorer, Messi is also Argentina's highest appearance-maker and all-time leading goalscorer.

He began his international appearances at the youth level in 2004 and one year later achieved the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His effort for his country led it to three consecutive finals, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America.

In 2016, Messi announced his international retirement, though later he changed his mind and by taking part in the match led his country to qualification the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

If you are interested in reading overviews about this outstanding star, the articles regarding his biography or top facts on our website will give you a wide range of info about his life off and on the pitch. Throughout the presented list regarding the richest Argentina's football players, we tried to cover not only the amount of their net worth but a review of their profession.

Though a paragraph about each of these Argentina's stars can not describe a comprehensive overview of them, on

Sportmob

, you can access their biography and top facts fully versions. However, if you have any idea about our list of the top 10 richest Argentinian footballers, share it with us via the comment section.

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