Off the top of your head, it would be hard to figure out the most popular sport in Colombia. Guess no more; it’s simply football. With over 200, 000 registered players and more than 2,000 professional clubs, the Spanish-speaking South American country’s footballing spirit are unimaginable.
Colombia is currently ranked 6th by FIFA regarding football world rankings. The football culture in the country is deeply rooted in the foundation of the country, contributing heavily in almost every other important economic segment including education, health, security and sport itself. Football has been responsible for unifying the country during civic and economic turmoil providing an avenue for escape from the harsh political atmosphere in the country. There are the players that have done this considerably well and their efforts are finally paying off. The 10 players who have done this astoundingly well have made this is of top 10 richest Colombian football players in 2018.
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- 10. Farid Diaz – net worth $0.5 million
- 9. Carlos Sanchez – net worth $0.5 million
- 8. Jeison Murillo – net worth $3.7 million
- 7. David Ospina – net worth $5 million
- 6. Santiago Arias – net worth $8 million
- 5. Carlos Bacca – net worth $12 million
- 4. Eder Alvarez Balanta – net worth $16 million
- 3. Juan Cuadrado – net worth $28 million
- 2. James Rodriguez – net worth $40 million
- 1. Radamel Falcao – net worth $70 million
10. Farid Diaz – net worth $0.5 million
Talk of a lethal full wing back. Farid who is relatively advanced regarding age is an agile left back. He is at the moment playing for Atletico Nacional which is a member of the Colombian pro league. Owing to his prowess he has made 11 appearances for the Colombian national team, and his efforts can be identified with the squad that finished third in the 2016 Copa America Centenario which the USA hosted. His aptitude can be felt within his team, with this resulting to him being made a key player in the team. He has surely put his name on the spot for skill which is not arguable.
9. Carlos Sanchez – net worth $0.5 million
Carlos began his football career at River Plate Montevideo after which he joined Valencieness a Ligue 1 participant. Being a defensive midfielder he remarkably scored 10 goals in six seasons after which he switched to be part of Elche a La Liga based team, where he only stayed for a season. He later left for English side Aston Villa in 2014. He has competency having being capped more than 70 times for the Colombian national team. It is unfortunate enough that such an able player has never bagged a major title with the Colombian national, team though he has contributed to them reaching crucial stages of major tournaments.
8. Jeison Murillo – net worth $3.7 million
Jeison, the apt defender is equal to the task. He is at the moment playing for Internazionale an Italian based team. His football career kicked off at Udinese Calcio where he moved to Granada FC on loan. Several moves later to various clubs in Spain so him set foot at UD Las Palmas which was characterized by him scoring his first goal there. 2013 was the year he set foot once more in his former club, Granada. He made his international debut back in 2014 and his skills were part of the squad that took on Argentina at the quarter finals in 2015. Due to his mastery of play he was voted Best Player of the tournament. And surely credit was given where it was due.
7. David Ospina – net worth $5 million
Best known for saves and clean sheets that he tags along for the English based team, Arsenal, Ospina is a pro at what he does. His career came to be while at Atletico Nacional back in 2005.He is accredited to have won two domestic titles with them but later moved to French side Nice. He was called upon by his current team, Arsenal back in 2014 where he signed a four-year contract, where though appearing for the team rarely, he has been effective in goal. He has appeared to play for his national team and was the second youngest goalkeeper for his side and for this more than 70 times he has been capped.
6. Santiago Arias – net worth $8 million
The young right back started his career at La Equidad football academy where he later moved to senior squad of the academy and awed many. His talent made him represents the national side in the U20 team where he was spotted and signed by Sporting CP. He joined his current side PSV Eindhoven later in 2013. He was part of the squad that represented Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario games. Internationally, he has been capped 30 times at such a young age; frankly speaking he’s destined for greatness.
5. Carlos Bacca – net worth $12 million
Carlos began his career at a very tender age in Atletico Junior. Due to his lethality he was top scorer in the Colombian pro league and was signed by Belgian side Club Brugge. During his first season, he became top scorer in the Belgian pro-League. Many sought after him and he finally got signed by Spanish side, Sevilla, where at his time two UEFA European League championships were won consecutively owing to how lethal he is, he has been capped 38 times and also played for Colombia at major tournaments. He is currently an Ac Milan striker where he still shows his skill.
4. Eder Alvarez Balanta – net worth $16 million
Talk of one of the most promising defenders who is setting foot in world’s football, known for fearless tackles, speed, strong left foot and aerial agility, Eder is surely destined for greatness. This quality of skill has led to him being sought after regardless of his young age. His career set off at Llaneros Fc and later signed to Colombian side River Plate. Unfortunately, plentiful injuries cost him not to represent his country at a young age. His current team, FC Basel, signed him in back in 2016, and has only been capped seven times though his performances internationally display him as a rising star.
3. Juan Cuadrado – net worth $28 million
The winger started his career at Independiente Medellin which later saw him move to Italian side Udinese in 2009.Unluckily having started on a low, saw him get moved to a relegated side Lecce on loan but in 2013 he was signed in by Fiorentina where he only played a few times when English side, Chelsea came bid him and signed him. The winger best known for unmatched pace and his fearless style of attack has been praised for taking on defenders. While at Chelsea, poor spell hit him which saw him get moved to Juventus on loan, while at Juventus he led his side to win the Serie A and Coppa Italia, and finally made his international debut for Colombia in 2010 and has since earned over 40 caps. Most memorable play of his career can be dated back to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
2. James Rodriguez – net worth $40 million
Known mostly for his jersey number 10 and his positional play, James Rodriguez is well-thought out as one of the apt midfield players of current times. A playmaker of his kind resulted to him being sought after by Spanish side Real Madrid and signed for 80 million Euros being the most priced Colombian footballer. All these came to being while he was playing for FC Porto where he won various championships. He has earned 52 caps for his country and 2014 was definitely his year after being the recipient of the Golden Boot and being named part of the cups All Star Team.
1. Radamel Falcao – net worth $70 million
His inception in the football career was at Lanceras Boyacá before he made his move to River Plate. He joined Fc Porto back in 2009 where he set the record for most goals scored in the Europa League competition in one season, having scored 17 goals. He set foot at Spanish side Atletico Madrid where he was crucial in their winning the Europa league and super cup in 2012 he was the first player to in two the Europa league twice with two different clubs. He joined Monaco in 2013 before moving to English side Manchester united and later Chelsea, both English clubs. He however failed to fulfill, but has earned over 60 caps and is named Colombia’s all time goal score.
The richest Colombian footballers are based in Europe, the continent being football’s financial oasis that seems never to be running out of cash. South American football is yet to penetrate world football, with most players being highly underrated and untapped. The 6th best footballing country should have players topping the world’s best players but this is almost changing and the best is yet to come. Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez are setting the platform, and the new upcoming generation will be sure to reap the profits from their astonishing club performances.