In this section of the site you can read about some of the best soccer players in the world. We try to add new players as often as we can. If you want to read about a specific player we recommend that you go directly to the page dedicated to that player.
The top 10 best paid players of 2012
10. Frank Lampard
Salary 2012: $17 million
Frank Lampard is making $11 million a year from playing with Chelsea but sponsor deals make his total salary a lot higher.
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Salary 2012: $17 million
Zlatan got a high salary in Milan and now in Paris.
8. Wayne Rooney
Salary 2012: $20 million
Wayne Rooney has a high salery as well as sponsor deals with Nike and Electronic Arts
7. Thierry Henry
Salary 2012: $21 million
Henry makes good money playing for the New York Red Bulls. It might not be one of the worlds best teams but the salary more than makes up for it. He also has a deal with Gilette,
Salary 2012: $24 million
Ronaldinho has an amazing salary if you take into consideration that he has left Europe and returned to play for Flamengo in his native Brazil. He makes a lot from endorsement deals.
5. Ricardo Kaka
Salary 2012: $25 million
Ricardo Kaka does not earn that much from playing soccer, or rather not enough to make this list. However being the face of FIFA 2011 gave him a nice addion to his paycheck and places him as number 5 on our list.
4. Samuel Eto’o
Salary 2012: $29 million
Eto’o is the highest paid soccer player in the history of the game. There might be other earning more than him a year but none earn more before sponsorship and endorsement deals. He earns $29 million a year from playing soccer.
3. Lionel Messi
Salary 2012: $32 million
Messi is the best player in the world right now and he is sponsored by Konami, AudemarsPiquet, Chery, AirEuropa, PepsiCo and Adidas. His annual salary is $16 million but endorsements and sponsorship deals more than double that number.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Salary 2012: $38 million
Ronaldo has 3 million twitter followers, and 26 million facebook fans. He is sponsored by the likes of Nike, Armani, Coca-Cola and Castrol. Ronaldo earns a high base salery from real Madrid and his total salary with sponsorship deals is expected to reach 38 million.
1. David Beckham
Salary 2012: $40 million
Beckham is another player that left the European leagues for a big paycheck in the US. He has deals with Adidas and Samsung. He also have the highest salary on the MLS: