Messi is highest paid footballer

24 Mar

In news that will shock few, Lionel Messi has been tabbed as the world’s highest paid footballer, pulling in an estimated £29.6 million ($44.2 million in the US) yearly.  David Beckham is second at £27.3 million ($40.7m) and Cristiano Ronaldo is third at £27 million ($40.3m).  The list was compiled by France Football

At this point, Messi more than deserves to hold the top spot.  He was instrumental in Barcelona’s treble last season and has been absolutely phenomenal this season.  His latest conquests include sublime hat tricks in two of his last three games.  Barca is top of the Spanish league and has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

It’s interesting to note that the top six athletes on the “rich list” all play in Spain or Italy.  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City is the first player from a English club on the list at No. 7.  The other interesting fact that comes out of this is that Messi is only fourth on the sports “rich list” behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and LeBron James.  Even though football is the most popular sport in the world, players rarely crack the list of top 10 highest paid athletes in the world.  Those lists are generally populated by U.S. sports stars.

1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona – £29.6m ($44.2m)
2. David Beckham, LA Galaxy/AC Milan –  £27.3m ($40.7m)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – £27m ($40.3m)
4. Kaka, Real Madrid – £16.9m ($25.2m)
5. Thierry Henry, Barcelona – £16.1m ($24m)
6. Ronaldinho, AC Milan – £15.5m ($23.1m)
7. Carlos Tevez, Manchester City – £13.8m ($20.6m)
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Barcelona – £13m ($19.4m)
9. Frank Lampard, Chelsea – £12.8m ($19.1m)
10. Samuel Eto’o, Inter Milan – £12.4m ($18.5m)

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