Chelsea striker Samuel Etoâ€™o is the wealthiest foreign-born player in the English Premier League, with a net worth of $64 million, according to a survey conducted by Singapore-based Wealth-X.
The company, with one of the worldâ€™s largest collection of curated research on ultra-high-net worth individuals, puts Welsh footballer of Manchester United Ryan Giggs as the second-wealthiest foreign-born player in the EPL with a net worth of $45 million.
Etoâ€™oâ€™s team mate at Stamford Bridge Fernando Torres, who hails from Spain, comes third with $42 million.
Manchester City stars Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast and Argentinaâ€™s Sergio Aguero completes the top five with a net worth of $41 million and $39 million respectively.
Although the EPL is often regarded as being dominated by foreign players, the survey reveals that the combined net worth of the top ten wealthiest English-born EPL players led by Wayne Rooney with a net worth $73 million is roughly $20 million greater than the combined net worth of the wealthiest foreign-born players performing in the EPL.
â€œThe results of this survey may come as a surprise for many, who may have been under the impression that foreign-born EPL players receive more rewarding compensation than their English counterparts,â€ said Michael Byrne, Wealth-X UK Director.
â€œEnglish-born footballers in the EPL amass greater sponsorship and are therefore in a position to accumulate greater overall net worth. This run-down certainly produces more surprises than the English-born list.â€
Etoâ€™o, 32, who joined the Blues for a one-year deal last August, recently bought a fleet of four cars worth Â£4million, which included Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin and Maybach Xenatec.
â€œTo help others you need to be happy with yourself first,â€ Etoâ€™o had responded to local critics in Cameroun who described the acquisition of those cars as extravagant.