Wayne Rooney tops football rich list with £45m fortune
Off-pitch business proves lucrative as Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole slot in behind Rooney
WAYNE ROONEY is the richest man in English football with a fortune of £45m, according to a study by Wealth-X.
The 28-year-old England star earns £250,000 a week at OId Trafford as well as several endorsement deals including one with sportswear giants Nike.
Second behind Rooney is United teammate Rio Ferdinand on £37m, a surprise given the fact the defender's best days as a sportsman are behind him. However, as the Daily Mail points out, Ferdinand has "numerous business interests including the Rosso restaurant and his #5 magazine".
Third on the list with a bank balance of £31m is Chelsea and England defender Frank Lampard with another Blue, John Terry, tied on fourth with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
The pair have fortunes of £29m, £7m more than Joe Cole, another player whose business savvy has outstripped his football talent of late. The 32-year-old West Ham midfielder, who spent the 2011/12 season on loan with French club Lille, has a nice little off-the-field earner with Joe Cole Promotions, and he has also invested wisely in properties in the Caribbean and Dubai. A £3m pay-off when he left Liverpool in the summer for West Ham also boosted Cole's coffers.
Cole's Chelsea namesake, Ashley, has dropped to seventh on the list with £20m with the Mail claiming that his 2010 divorce from Cheryl Cole "impacted hugely on his assets".
None of Arsenal's English contingent makes the list and James Milner is the only Manchester City star to qualify. His earnings of £13m are the same as Ashley Young, although the Manchester United's worth is expected to drop after a poor run of form.
It won't be the first time that Young will have taken a dive.
The List in Full
1) Wayne Rooney (£45m) 2) Rio Ferdinand (£37m) 3) Frank Lampard (£31m) 4) John Terry, Steven Gerrard (both £29m) 6) Joe Cole (£22m) 7) Ashley Cole (£20m) 8) Michael Carrick (£16m) 9) Ashley Young, James Milner (both £13m) ·