March 23, 2010
Well, everything is coming up Lionel Messi these days, so it only makes sense that he should be the highest paid footballer on the planet, too. Yes, little Leo has surpassed Davey Becks and his modeling millions, dethroning the bearded money tree's two-year hold on the top spot, and also becoming the fourth highest paid athlete in the world, behind only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and LeBron James.
Helping Messi become the supremo in this amazingly trivial list was the £3.6 million bonus for helping Barcelona win the treble last season and the fact that Becks has been getting paid with weakened dollars.
Here are the top 10 players and managers...
The France Football rich list:
Players (combines salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings)
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £29.6m
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy/Milan) £27.3m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £27m
4. Kaka (Real Madrid) £16.9m
5. Thierry Henry (Barcelona) £16.1m
6. Ronaldinho (AC Milan) £15.5m
7. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) £13.8m
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona) £13m
9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) £12.8m
10. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan) £12.4m
1. Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan) £11.7m
2. Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) £10.8m
3. Felipe Scolari (FC Bunyodkor) £8.5m
4. Jurgen Klinsmann (ex-Bayern Munich) £8.1m
5. Fabio Capello (England) £7.5m
6. Guus Hiddink (Russia) £7.1m
7. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) £6.5m
8. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) £5.8m
9. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) £5.7m
10. Louis Van Gaal (Bayern Munich) £5.4m
The manger list is perhaps the most interesting. The Golden Pep and his six trophies only sit at eighth on the list, while Jurgen Klinsmann's placement probably explains why he hasn't been in a rush to find a new job. Meanwhile, Big Phil Scolari is still raking in the cash even though he might as well not exist anymore and is no longer getting paid by Roman Abramovich to not coach.
Photo: Reuters; Source: The Mirror