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List: Top Ten Earners in World Football (Soccer)

Date: 2008

Source: France Football

Base: All players and managers working in the professional football sector. All figures are estimated.

Notes: David Beckham's earned just shy of £30m in 2008, an increase of £1.28 million over 2007. His basic salary with LA Galaxy was £4.49m with £1.37m in bonuses and off the field earnings were 23.84m, mainly through sponsorship deals with Adidas, Gillette and Giorgio Armani. Luis Felipe Scolari was the leading manager, earning £11.53m in 2008 while at Chelsea (+ pay-off after he was sacked) which put him tenth on the list. Inter Milan manager and football tactician genius Jose Mourinho earned £10.13m.

Rank

Person

Earnings 2008 (£m)

Country

1

David Beckham

29.6

England

2

Lionel Messi

26.2

Argentina

3

Ronaldinho

18.0

Brazil

4

Cristiano Ronaldo

16.8

Portugal

5

Thierry Henry

15.6

France

6

Kaká

13.8

Brazil

7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

12.8

Sweden

8

Wayne Rooney

12.4

England

9

Frank Lampard

11.9

England

10

Luis Felipe Scolari

11.5

Brazil


 

 

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