It seems that football / soccer is the most famous game in the world and the players are the most paid professionals. Here is a list of 10 richest soccer players of the world.
Earning in 2012- 33 million Euros
Messi is the richest footballer in the world. His net worth is about USD 110 million. Lionel Messi has topped the list with earnings of 33 million Euros. He has signed a new contract with Barcelona until 2018. He also has major sponsorship contracts with Adidas and Pepsi.
2- David Beckham
Earning in 2012- 31.5 million Euros
A free kick magician English footballer, David Beckham, a popular English Star, is the 2nd richest soccer player in the world. According to a report, Beckham's estimated worth is 160 million British Pound. Beckham’s deal with Adidas is the biggest ever endorsements deal in the history of sports.
3- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Earning in 2012- 29.2 million Euros
A worldwide popular player, Ronaldo has to settle in the third position with earnings of 29.2 million Euros. He has sponsorship deals with Nike, Castrol and Coca-Cola.
4- Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala)
Earning 2012- 23.3 million Euros
Cameroon’s national player Samuel Eto’o is at 4th richest footballer in world. He has signed in with Russian football club Anzhi Makhachkala for a 3-year deal of an annual salary of 20.5 million Euros.
5- Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Earning 2012- 20.6 million Euros
In the 5th position is England’s National Star Wayne Rooney of Manchester United. The year 2012 has not gone well with his income as he lost a major endorsement deal Coca-Cola. Nevertheless he still has endorsement contracts with Nike and Electronic Arts.
6- Sergio Aguero (Manchester city)
Earning 2012- 18.8 million Euros
The legendary Diego Maradona’s son-in-law, Sergio Aguero who plays for Manchester City and the Argentinean national football team as a striker, is the 6th richest footballer of the world. He has signed a five-year deal with the City for about 42.35 million Euros.
7- Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Earning 2012- 17.6 million Euros
Ivory Coast’s national player and superstar for English club Manchester City, Yaya Toure was transferred from the Spanish club Barcelona to join the star studded line up at Manchester City for the price of 29 million Euros. He is number 7 in the list of richest soccer players.
8- Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
Earning 2012- 16.7 million Euros
Fernando Jose Torres Sanz is the most expensive player in Spanish history. Fernando Torres plays as a striker for Chelsea and was transferred there to a sum of 60.5 million Euros for a five and a half years contract.
9- Ricardo Kaka (Real Madrid)
Earnings 2012- 16.5 million Euros
Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as “Kaka”, is currently playing for the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid. Kaka has been endorsing many international brands like Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Guarani.
10- Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Earnings 2012- 16.7 million Euros
The captain of the German national football team and also captain of German football club Bayern Munich, Philip Lahm plays most dynamic as a full back in the game. He ranks at number 10 in the list of richest footballer in the world.
Source : http://sporteology.com