The 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In The World

David Beckham

Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world.

And as a result, the top players are among the highest-paid athletes. But surprisingly, in terms of actual salary, most of these players pale in comparison to their counterparts in some of the popular North American sports.

On the next few pages, we will take a look at the highest-paid soccer players in the world, and breakdown how much of that income is made on the pitch, and how much is made through endorsements.

In a minor upset, two of the players on the list come from North America’s own Major League Soccer.

Data comes via Forbes.com and FutebolFinance.com

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title=”#10 Samuel Eto’o — $15,000,000″
content=”Club: Internazionale

Country: Italy

Salary: $10,400,000

Other Income: $4,600,000″
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title=”#8 (tie) Frank Lampard — $17,000,000″
content=”Club: Chelsea

Country: England

Salary: $9,750,000

Other Income:$7,250,000″
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title=”#8 (tie) Zlatan Ibrahimovic — $17,000,000″
content=”Club: AC Milan

Country: Italy

Salary: $11,700,000

Other Income: $5,300,000″
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title=”#7 Wayne Rooney — $20,000,000″
content=”Club: Manchester United

Country: England

Salary: $12,350,000

Other Income: $7,650,000″
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title=”#6 Thierry Henry — $21,000,000″
content=”Club: New York Red Bulls

Country: United States

Salary: $4,940,000

Other Income:$16,060,000″
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permalink=”5-ronaldinho–24000000-6″
title=”#5 Ronaldinho — $24,000,000″
content=”Club: Flamengo

Country: Brazil

Salary: $6,500,000

Other Income: $17,500,000″
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permalink=”4-ricardo-kaka–25000000-7″
title=”#4 Ricardo Kaka — $25,000,000″
content=”Club: Real Madrid

Country: Spain

Salary: $11,700,000

Other Income: $13,300,000″
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permalink=”3-lionel-messi–32000000-8″
title=”#3 Lionel Messi — $32,000,000″
content=”Club: FC Barcelona

Country: Spain

Salary: $13,650,000

Other Income: $18,350,000″
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permalink=”2-cristiano-ronaldo–38000000-9″
title=”#2 Cristiano Ronaldo — $38,000,000″
content=”Club: Real Madrid

Country: Spain

Salary: $15,600,000

Other Income: $22,400,000″
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title=”#1 David Beckham — $40,000,000″
content=”Club: Los Angeles Galaxy

Country: United States

Salary: $5,850,000

Other Income: $34,150,000″
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title=”Now check out the highest-paid in another form of football”
content=”The 20 Highest Paid Coaches In College Football>
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