Highest soccer player’s salaries
Soccer players are some of the highest-paid performers in the world. Between event attendances, endorsements deals and merchandise sales, popular soccer players can make a fortune in their lifetime.
Here are the 5 highest-paid soccer players in the world:
1) David Beckham.
When Beckham arrived in the US, he was met with a siege of support and speculation. Whether he has lived up to the massive payday he received is open to interpretation. What is certain is that the Englishman is the highest-paid soccer player in the world.
Beckham, or Becks as fans and media affectionately know him, receives his compensation because of his skills and good looks. Off the field, Becks is a model, clothing designer and husband to Victoria Beckham, one of the most beautiful women in the world.
– Yearly earnings: $40 million.
– Estimated net worth: $219 million.
– Team: Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Portuguese heart-throb collects as many checks as he does goals. Ronaldo’s quick feet and flashy smile have enabled him to amass great wealth and fandom. Currently, he is the most popular athlete on Facebook, with more than 24 million friends.
What makes Ronaldo so special is his appeal across the gender gap. Women and men alike are drawn to the happy, charming 26-year old.
With endorsement deals in apparel, automotive and designer clothing, Ronaldo’s position on this list is secured.
– Yearly earnings: $38 million.
– Estimated net worth: $160 million.
– Team: Real Madrid.
3) Lionel Messi.
He’s being called the best player in the world. With a title like that, you’re going to make some money. Messi, who is known simply as the Flea, has earned his salary the old-fashioned way: by being a good player.
Messi’s playing style and natural ability have earned him countless awards and accolades, and he’s not even thirty yet. Diego Maradona, universally regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time, has even named Messi his heir apparent.
– Yearly earnings: $32 million.
– Estimated net worth: $110 million.
– Team: Barcelona.
4) Ricardo Kaka.
Brazil has produced some of the finest players in the sport. Kaka is no exception. At one point, he received the largest payday in soccer history.
When the austere midfielder isn’t receiving standing ovations, he’s receiving salary bonuses.
– Yearly earnings: $25 million.
– Estimated net worth: $100 million.
– Team: Real Madrid.
You have to do something special to be known by just one name. Such is the case with the sensational Ronaldinho. In 2005, his Nike ad became the first video to reach one million views on YouTube.
Ronaldinho’s birth name might be forgotten, but his technique and bank account won’t be.
– Yearly earnings: $24 million.
– Estimated net worth: $90 million.
– Team: Flamengo.
The 5 soccer players listed above have a combined net worth of over half a billion dollars. There’s a lot of money to be made by kicking a ball around.
Sarah writes on behalf of Richmond University the American University in London, Richmond run an International Soccer Academy from their Leeds based campus. Richmond have spaces on their degree courses for next years study, check out Richmond’s University clearing places.