Champions League - Beckham slips down football rich list

Eurosport - Wed, 24 Mar 11:26:00 2010

David Beckham has been knocked off the top of the list of football's highest earners, with Barcelona's star player Lionel Messi now the best-paid player in the game.

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The annual survey, conducted by France Football magazine, estimates Messi's earnings at 29.6 million, 2.3m ahead of Beckham.

The Englishman - who is currently out with a long-term injury - remains in second place on the list, just 100,000 ahead of Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi's salary is made up of a 9m basic wage, 3.6m in bonuses and a further 17.1m in personal endorsements. The Argentine has deals with companies including Adidas, Pepsi and Gillette.

The top English-based played is Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, who comes in seventh with 13.8m, while Chelsea's Frank Lampard is ninth on 12.7m

Internazionale boss Jose Mourinho is the best paid manager in the game with 11.7m, just ahead of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on 10.8m.

Top-earning players in football:

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 29.6m

2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy) 27.3m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 26.9m

4. Kaka (Real Madrid) 16.9m

5. Thierry Henry (Barcelona) 16.2m

6. Ronaldinho (AC Milan) 15.4m

7. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) 13.8m

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona) 13m

9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 12.7m

10. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan) 12.4m


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