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Football’s Richest Players and Managers

The list is out again and no, David Beckham does not top it. The accolades just seem to keep on coming for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. The Argentine international has dethroned Englishman David Beckham as the world’s richest football player.

According to France Football the publishers of the list, Messi is now the world’s highest paid football earning a whooping 29.6 million Pounds annually! After leading his side to the treble last season, Messi earned a bonus of 3.6 million Pounds. This according to France Football is what took him to the top of the list.

Messi has effectively ended Beckham’s 2 year reign as football’s richest player and if you thought that Messi’s news ends there, then you are wrong. Lio has also officially become the 4th yes the 4th highest earning athlete after Tiger Woods, Phil ‘leftie’ Mickelson and Cleveland’s LeBron James. At only 22 years of age, the sky is truly the limit for this wonder kid.

The top ten highest earning list contains 2 Brazilians, 2 Argentinians, 2 Englishmen, 1 Swede, 1 Frenchman, 1 Portuguese and 1 African. Below is a breakdown of the list in chronological order starting with the highest paid player. The list combines the salaries, bonuses and off- field earnings of the players.

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona) 29.6m Pounds

2. David Beckham ( England, LA Galaxy and Milan) 27.3m Pounds

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Real Madrid) 27m Pounds

4. Kaka ( Brazil and Real Madrid) 16.9mPounds

5. Thierry Henry ( France and Barcelona) 16.1m Pounds

6. Ronaldinho (Brazil and AC Milan) 15.5m Pounds

7. Carlos Tevez (Argentina and Manchester City) 13.8m Pounds

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden and Barcelona) 13m Pounds

9. Frank Lampard (England and Chelsea) 12.8m Pounds

10. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Inter Milan) 12.4m Pounds

The list also includes the highest earning managers and its headed by none other Jose Mourinho. Below is the full list of the highest paid managers.

1. Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan) 11.8m Pounds

2.Roberto Mancini (Manchester city) 10.8m Pounds

3. Luis Felipe Scolari (FC Bunyodkor) 8.5m Pounds

4. Jurgen Klinsmann (ex Bayern Munich) 8.1m Pounds

5. Fabio Capello (England) 7.5m Pounds

6. Guus Hiddink (Russia) 7.1m Pounds

7. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) 6.5m Pounds

8. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) 5.8m Pounds

9. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 5.7m Pounds

10. Louis Van Gaal (Bayern Munich) 5.4m Pounds

Photo credit: Manjot Bal

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  • joseph kallon September 24, 2010, 10:47 pm

    i dont think my eyes deceived me, but I did not see arguably the best goalkeeper the world has ever seen in Gigi Buffon. At least his consistency should earn him a place

  • Topepapy September 23, 2010, 12:54 am

    Messi deserve it all…No one like him is this recent football…he is the hero of footballers…..he is even a king that people love to see on the throne….I love you messi.Hope you get better soon from the 10 days injury, Up Barca…we miss you.

  • nessi messi September 17, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I am soooooooooooooooo happy for Messi, I love him alot but i hope that the money and fame does not all go to his head. Best of luck in ur whole footballing life leo….luv u! 🙂

  • mbongeni September 16, 2010, 7:12 am

    Cristiano Ronaldo am happy u coz ur only 2.6 million pounds away 2 be number 1

  • peter September 15, 2010, 4:23 pm

    i am Barcelona fan but i am not supporting mess i because he is a Barcelona player but because he deserve it and i love Barcelona so much that i can die 4 them and i hate Chelsea because they are all noise maker one love all Barcelona fan from skele 1 of ezeugo

  • oladele tobi September 6, 2010, 5:33 pm

    well im a chelsea fan bt its nt a suprise 2 me dat none of chelsea’s player were on all de same congrats lionel messi.

  • hassan September 2, 2010, 1:09 am

    messi deserve it more than anyone there so i don’t why they should give it to any other person there.

  • christo September 1, 2010, 2:46 am

    Drogba is supposed 2 b on da list because he deserves more.

    • oladele tobi September 6, 2010, 5:35 pm

      well its true bt i knw 1 day he will be dere

  • ekene August 25, 2010, 6:22 pm

    lionel messi now over beckham as the world richest player that sounds so good you can lmagine little boy of yesterday am so happy for him. glory be to God Almighty.

  • malachy August 23, 2010, 8:29 am

    where is drogba,he is hte best strike ever have in africa.

  • t-baba August 7, 2010, 3:24 pm

    why is chelsae manager not there and messi is not suppose to be the richest

  • Jacob C. Moris July 27, 2010, 11:29 am

    That is what i expected 4 Messi being the world richest player. am happy 4 him.