Insuring your body part has become pretty common and often these insurances are for a large sum of money. Many famous personalities across the globe have insured their precious body parts. Kylie Minogue has insured her bum for £100 million. Julia Robert’s smile and Rihanna’s legs are also insured for large sums of money.
Many football players have adopted measures to protect their body parts, with the goal of safeguarding themselves from potential injuries that could have a negative impact on their careers. In the world of sports, especially football, injuries are quite common. As a result, footballers, either on their own or through their associated brands, pursue insurance coverage for specific body parts.
Here’s the list of the top football players who have insurance for their body part:
6. Manuel Neuer (Hands | €4m)
The 2014 World Cup winning German goalkeeper has his hand insured for around €4m. He is one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world. He has been playing for Bayern Munich since 2011 and is still going strong. This insurance protects him in case he suffers a career-ending hand injury.
5. Iker Casillas (Hands | €15m)
Spain captain Iker Casillas who lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010 along with the Euro in 2012, also has his hands insured for around €15 million. The ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper has done this insurance back in 2007. After suffering a heart attack during his Porto days. he called the curtain on his career. Casillas joked after he signed the insurance deal: “If I damage my knee, I will pretend my hand hurts.”
4. Gareth Bale (Legs | €100m)
The Wales winger was the most expensive player during his time when he signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur. He is also on this list of football players who have insured their body parts. Bale won 5 Champions League and 3 La Liga with Real Madrid. He is one of the most decorated football players.
It’s unsurprising to observe that Bale has insured his legs for approximately €100m to safeguard against injuries that could potentially end his career. Following his triumph in the MLS Cup with Los Angeles FC, he has made the decision to embark on a new professional career in golf.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Legs | €130m)
Real Madrid announced that they had insured the legs of their star player Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. The precaution was taken just in case a stray foul landed him with a permanent leg injury. The insurance is reportedly around the region of €120-130m. The 37-year-old is now currently playing for the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
2. David Beckham (Body | €190m)
Beckham is one of the most popular football players in the world. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star first insured his legs for around €40m each during his playing days. He later upgraded the insurance to his whole body for around €190m.
1. Lionel Messi (Legs | €750m)
Arguably the greatest footballer to have ever played the game, Messi‘s magical left foot is worth a whopping €750m. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has the most expensive insurance among all the football players. He recently won the World Cup 2022 with Argentina. Considering all the achievements of the former Barcelona and current PSG star, the amount doesn’t seem too surprising!
*All the insurance amounts are estimated and not official figures
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