THE FIFTY RICHEST

Portugese marketing agency Futebol Finance has released a list of the fifty highest-earning professional footballers. The list is as follows:

1. Christiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (£11.3m)
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Barcelona (£10.4m)
3. Lionel Messi – Barcelona (£9.1m)
4. Samuel Eto’o – Inter (£9.1m)
5. Kaka – Real Madrid (£8.7m)
6. Emmanueal Adebayor – Manchester City (£7.4m)
7. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid (£7.4m)
8. Carlos Tevez – Manchester City (£7m)
9. John Terry – Chelsea (£6.5m)
10. Frank Lampard – Chelsea (£6.5m)
11. Thierry Henry – Barcelona (£6.5m)
12. Xavi – Barcelona (£6.5m)
13. Ronaldinho – AC Milan (£6.5m)
14. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool (£6.5m)
15. Daniel Alves – Barcelona (£6.1m)
16. Micheal Ballack – Chelsea (£5.6m)
17. Raul – Real Madrid (£5.6m)
18. Rio Ferdinand – Manchester United (£5.6m)
19. Kolo Toure – Manchester City (£5.6m)
20. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United (£5.2m)
21. Robinho – Manchester City (£5.2m)
22. Iker Casiller – Real Madrid (£5.2m)
23. Victor Valdez – Barcelona (£5.2m)
24. Frederic Kanoute – Sevilla (£5.2m)
25. Deco – Barcelona (£5.2m)
26. Didier Drogba – Chelsea (£4.8m)
27. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus (£4.8m)
28. Francisco Totti – Roma (£4.8m)
29. Luca Toni – Roma (£4.8m)
30. David Villa – Valencia (£4.8m)
31. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich (£4.8m)
32. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich (£4.8m)
33. Asley Cole – Chelsea (£4.8m)
34. Fernando Torres – Liverpool (£4.8m)
35. Gareth Barry – Manchester City (£4.8m)
36. Patrick Viera – Inter (£4.8m)
37. Carlos Puyol – Barcelona (£4.3m)
38. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona (£4.3m)
39. Sergio Aguera – Atletico Madrid (£4.3m)
40. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan (£4.3m)
41. Willy Sagnol – Bayern Munich (£4.3m)
42. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich (£4.3m)
43. David Beckham – LA Galaxy (£4.3m)
44. Wayne Bridge – Manchester City (£4.3m)
45. Lassana Diarra – Real Madrid (£4.3m)
46. Dimitar berbatov – Manchester United (£4.1m)
47. Andrei Arsharvin – Arsenal (£4.1m)
48. Nicolas Anelka – Chelsea (£4.1m)
49. Ryan Giggs – Manchester United (£4.1m)
50. Alessandro del Piero – Juventus (£4.1m)

The list brings up some interesting questions, such as:

  • How is Wayne Bridge on as much money as Andres Iniesta?
  • Is Wayne Rooney underpaid?
  • How are Bayern Munich not running away with the Bundesliga title with so many high-earning players?
  • Why is Deco paid more than Drogba at Chelsea? 
  • Is Karim Benzema hugely overpaid?

A year’s supply of questions for down the pub all from one list. Cheers Futebol Finance.

By Ross A. Fox

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One response to “THE FIFTY RICHEST

  1. Throwing money at players doesn’t make them better. Look at Newcastle.

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