France Football and Goal.com have joined forces to calculate the World’s top ten highest paid footballers.
Unsurprisingly, David Beckham is number One in the list, despite only playing for the small-time MLS team, Los Angeles Galaxy. But his endorsements probably far outstrip his earnings on the field.
You would have expected the new “Golden Balls” Cristiano Ronaldo to have taken second place after his record-smashing move from Man Utd to Real Madrid, but he is displaced by two South Americans.
Barcelona’s Argentinian star Lionel Messi is in second place, with AC Milans out-of-form Brazilian, Ronaldinho in third.
Then the new Ronaldo takes fourth, but we can expect him to be moving up the table as he continues to pull in massive wages and endorsements in Madrid.
The ex-World Player-of-the-Year, Kaka, is edged out of fifth by the ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry, now at Barcelona, and the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovich is in seventh.
8th, 9th and 10th are all English, but Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney takes the English honores, with Frank Lampard edging out his captain John Terry for tenth place.