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Top 10 Richest | Highest-Paid Football Players 2011

No. 1 David Beckham

David Beckham

David Beckham Net Worth: $40 million

Club Team :Los Angeles Galaxy

Beckham's endorsement deal with Adidas is the biggest in the sport thanks to royalties from soccer apparel and cleats as well as lifestyle lines like Oby O

No. 2 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth:$38 million

Club Team :Real Madrid

Ronaldo is Facebook's most popular athlete with 24 million fans, which is part of the attraction for sponsors like Nike, Armani, Coca-Cola and Castrol.

No. 3 Lionel MessiLionel Messi

Lionel Messi Net Worth: $32 million

Club Team :Barcelona

Messi's status as the world's best player has started to translate into endorsement opportunities. The Flea has deals with Adidas, Lay's, Konami, Audemars Piguet, Chery and AirEuropa.

No. 4 Ricardo KakaRicardo Kaka

Ricardo Kaka Net Worth: $25 million

Club Team : Real Madrid

The Brazilian midi was featured on the cover of EA Sports FIFA Soccer 11. The FIFA franchise has sold 100 million units of the popular soccer game for Electronic Arts.

No. 5 RonaldinhoRonaldinho

Ronaldinho Net Worth: $24 million

Club Team :Flamengo

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year joined Brazilian club Flamengo in January after two seasons with AC Milan. His new deal runs until 2014.

No. 6 Thierry HenryThierry Henry

Thierry Henry Net Worth: $21 million

Club Team :New York Red Bulls

Henry bought a New York City apartment for $14.9 million after move to MLS last year. His lucrative Gillette partnership wrapped up at the end of 2010.

No. 7 Wayne RooneyWayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney Net Worth: $20 million

Club Team :Manchester United

Coca-Cola and Rooney recently parted ways, ending a deal that had been worth $1 million annually. Remaining sponsors include Nike and Electronic Arts.

No. 8 Frank LampardFrank Lampard

Frank Lampard Net Worth: $17 million

Club Team :Chelsea

Lampard earns $11 million in salary on the pitch. His 135 career goals are the most ever by a Premier League midfielder.

No. 9  Zlatan IbrahimovicZlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth: $17 million

Club Team :AC Milan

Barcelona paid a $94 million transfer fee to Inter Milan in 2009 for the rights to Ibrahimovic, which was the second-highest transfer fee ever.

No. 10 Samuel Eto'oSamuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o  Net Worth: $15 million

Club Team :Inter Milan

The Cameroonian striker counts Puma and Ford as sponsors. He has won the African Player of the Year award a record four times.


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