Best Review - Top 5 Highest Paid Soccer Players in the World 2010


or the seventh consecutive year, Sports Illustrated ( has compiled a list of the 50 top-earning American athletes, as well as 20 highest earning international athletes by salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees. This year, the five highest paid soccer players in the world are:

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Ronaldinho ($23,000,000) - Plays for AC Milan. Ronaldinho might not be the player he was at FC Barcelona, but the 29-year-old remains one of the top earners in football. The World Cup and Champions League winner is ranked as the fifth highest paid footballer in the world.

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Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Kaka)

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Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite ($25,100,000) - Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, more commonly known as Kaka to fans, rounds out the top five. Kaka, 27, hails from Brazil and plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid this year. Before teammate Ronaldo’s Real Madrid deal, Kaka also spent time at the top of the highest-paid players list.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo ($40,000,000) - 25-year-old Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns $17.06 million per year as a forward for Spanish football club Real Madrid. Ronaldo, who also captains the Portuguese national team, is the most expensive soccer player in history. Real Madrid bought him from English club Manchester United in 2009 for a cool $132 million.

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David Beckham

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David Beckham ($40,500,000) - David Beckham might not play in Europe anymore but he still maintains his position as the world's best paid footballer. Beckham signed a five-year contract with MLS club LA Galaxy in 2007. He is currently on loan with AC Millan. David Beckham also ranked as No. 36 in this year's Forbes Celebrity 100.

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Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi ($44,000,000) - Argentine demigod and reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has ridden a mythic year to the No. 2 spot of the Sports Illustrated 20 highest-earning International athletes, making him, at 22, the youngest and the highest-paid soccer player in the world. Messi plays as a striker for Spanish champions Barcelona.

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Lionel Messi is well-deserving of being the highest paid soccer in the world title but then again he is the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year. How awesome for the 22 year-old Argentine. Just awesome!

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collins's picture

damn cool cash

damn cool cash

Samson's picture

C.ronaldo is the highest paid

C.ronaldo is the highest paid player.