Starting with David Beckham, there are nine other international Soccer players who have made into the record of highest paid Soccer players. With outstanding performances and excellent physical techniques, these footballers have established themselves as the best in this field. They not only have huge fan following but are also sponsored by the leading corporate names like Nike, Adidas, EA Sports etc. Quickly have a glance at the top highest paid Soccer players.
Top Ten Highest Paid Soccer Players
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1. David Beckham
David Beckham is probably the highest paid soccer player on the entire earth with a whooping amount of $50.6 million. The 37 year old former English footballer also earns from leading advertisements and endorsements like Adidas, Breitling, Coty, H&M and Sainsbury. In the last twenty two years of his career, 2013 is the sixth time that David has topped the record of Forbes highest paid Soccer players. Beckham started off his international professional career with Manchester United in 1996, at the age of 21.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s excellent performance on the playground has made him not only the favourite of many but also one among the top highest paid Soccer players. The first player to win all four main PFA and FWA awards, he has an earnings of $43.5 million. Ronaldo who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, also serves as the captain for the Portuguese national team. With score of 100 goals in the league, in March 2013, he even became the fastest La Liga player.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is just 25 years old but age is no obstacle for the Argentine footballer to climb the ladder of success. With an unparallel attitude on the soccer field, his total earning is $40.3 million. Being rated as one among the greatest players in the history of soccer, he is also the first player to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or. Moreover Messi is involved in a number of endorsements like Adidas, EA Sports, Pepsi, Herbalife, Dolce & Gabana and Head & Shoulders.
4. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero is at fourth spot among the highest paid Soccer players in the world with a total earning of $20.8 million. Currently he is the striker for Manchester City and Argentine national team. Sergio became the most expensive footballer of Manchester City club as well, when he joined the club with a £35 million worth five year deal. Though the Argentinean soccer player is only 24 years, he has already established himself as the most stupendous player in the nation.
5. Wayne Rooney
Despite being rumoured that he has lost advertisement deals with Coca Cola and EA Sports, Wayne Rooney has managed to be among the top highest paid Soccer players. In current time he has $20.3 million as take back home amount. In the history of England’s football, he is the fifth highest goal scorer with a record of 35 goals and 81 international caps. He was also awarded twice with the England Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 consecutively.
6. Yaya Toure
Recently Yaya Toure has renewed his agreement with Manchester City for a deal of $20 million as yearly salary. This has enhanced his position as one amid the top paid Soccer players with a total earning of $20.2 million. He plays mainly as a midfielder for the Côte d’Ivoire national team as well as for Manchester City. Yaya Tource has earned a reputation basically for his talent of passing ability, great vision and physical power.
7. Fernando Torres
Next who follows the row of top paid Soccer players 2013 is none other than the Spanish striker for Spain national team and Chelsea – Fernando Torres. He is known to have a total earning of $20.2 million. Torres might be the “el Niño” (Kid in Spanish)in his team but that has not failed him to become a world class striker. The year 2003 was his debut year and since then has been a part of five major tournaments.
At present playing as a forward for the Brazilian national team, Neymar is recognized for his scoring and dribbling talent. His name is also a part of the highest paid Soccer players 2013 as his total salary amounts to $19.5 million. Practised, young and handsome; Neymar is already on the threshold of fame and popularity. He was only 19 years old when he was awarded with the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year honour. Besides he advertises for Nike, Panasonic, Unilver, Red Bull and few more.
9. Ricardo Kaka
Sponsorship contracts with Adidas and Pepsi has allowed Ricardo Kaka to earn around 19.3 million even after his Soccer career being hampered by injuries. At present he is a part of Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Kaka is the first athlete to have 10 million followers on Twitter and also the youngest UN World Food Programme ambassador. His major sponsors are Pepsi and Adidas.
10. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba completes the record of top paid Soccer players 2013 with $17.8 million as is overall earning till now. He is renowned for his career at Chelsea where he made 157 goals in 341 appearances as well as helping to win ten titles inclusive of the 2012 Champions League trophy. Pepsi and Nike are his prime endorsement contacts. Also in 2007 he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).