English Premier League footballers are amongst the best paid in the world, and a poll by wealth specialists Wealth-X has found 28-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to be the wealthiest English-born player.
Rooney has a net worth of £45 million ($73 million) according to a Wealth-X top ten list, which looked specifically at English-born players, rather than international ones bought by English clubs.
Rooney's weekly take home pay is approximately £250,000 (US$410,000) a week before taxes under his current contract. The well-off footballer also rakes in money from endorsement deals with companies including Nike and book publisher HarperCollins.
The Wealth-X top ten also includes three other players from Rooney's team known as "The Red Devils": Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, bringing the combined net worth of the four Manchester United teammates to £111 million.
Two Chelsea players also made the top five: 35-year-old Frank Lampard - worth £31 million - took third place, while 33-year-old John Terry - worth £29 million- took fourth.
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