Footballer earn millions of dollars each year through endorsements and match fees. They are in the focus of large businesses that pay these stars a huge amount for just endorsing their products. This year their has been alot of shuffle in the list along with a few new faces making their debut. So checkout the list of top 10 highest paid football players in the world.
1. David Beckham
Earning: £32.9 Million
The former England football team captain is still the first choice for many major sponsors like Adidas, Coty, H&M and Sainsbury’s. Beckham remains as one of the most famous and the finest football player in the world even after his retirement. The British iconic football star is earning £32.9 Million at the current moment which gives him the top spot in our list of highest paid football player in the world.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Earnings: £28.3 Million
The second highest paid soccer player is the Real Madrid football club’s star Cristiano Ronaldo. With over 8.4 million followers on Twitter and 42.2 million fans on Facebook, Ronaldo is the most socially engaged athlete online. His endorsement deals with many tailors, watchmakers and cosmetics companies have helped him to raise his earning quickly.
3. Lionel Messi
Earnings: £26.2 Million
Lionel Messi is one of the most famous football players in the world. Messi represents the national team of Argentina and Barcelona football club. Due to his increasing popularity, a number of sponsors are attracted towards him. His endorsement deals with Herbalife, Turkish Airlines and Adidas are adding a handsome amount of money in his earnings.
4. Sergio Aguero
Earnings: £13.4 Million
Sergio Aguero is a striker from Argentina who plays for Manchester City and the Argentina national team. His sudden appearance at 4th number among the highest paid football players in the world is a result of his winning goal for Manchester City in the Premier League final. We can say that Aguero has just started making his name and will definitely make much more many in future.
5. Wayne Rooney
Earning: $24 Million
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. Wayne Rooney is among the most famous celebrities of England. Due to bad conduct he has lost some sponsors but still he is making a handsome amount of money these days.
6. Yaya Toure
Earning £13.1 Million
Yaya Toure is an footballer who plays as a midfielder at Premier League for club Manchester City. After signing a new contract with his club at a higher pay Yaya Toure has moved up in the list of top 10 highest paid football players in the world. His endorsement deal with Puma is also making a very good progress.
7. Fernando Torres
Earning: £13.1 Million
Fernando Torres is an Spanish professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Chelsea and the Spain national football team. He is Spain’s third highest goal scorer of all time. With his new deal with Adidas after leaving Nike is surely going to increase his earning in coming years.
Earning: £12.6 Million
The Brazilian star player has made a buzz this year after announcing his move to Barcelona football club. After becoming the face of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX & FC 247 ranges in South America Neymar earnings are expected to boost more as the FIFA World Cup arrives in 2014.
Earning: £12.5 Million
Kaka, is a Brazilian football attacking midfielder who currently plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Kaka has lost quite a money due to his recent injuries but he still has a strong sponsorships from Pepsi and Adidas. So Kaka does not has to worry about the pay cut from his club.
Earning: £11.6 Million
Didier Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world. He is the fourth highest goal scorer of all time for Chelsea.In the summer of 2004 Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record fee of £24 million, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. His current earning are £11.6m each year.