Football is the World’s favourite sport. It is also the industry where, if talented, one may raise from scratch and become a VIP. The contracts, the salaries, the investments, all reach figures that leave most of us jaw-dropped. Renowned players, eagerly wanted by the most important football teams in the world are the ingredients for the new contract records being established almost every year now. If you’re interested in finding out who is the most well paid football player out there, check out this list, established by the Sport Foot Magazine Survey, for the 2011 season:
1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Los Santos Aveiro plays for Real Madrid as a right winger. He is also the captain of the Portuguese national team. This great player is the most expensive in the history of Football after having signed a contract worth 132 million US dollars, from Manchester United to Real Madrid. According to the terms therein, he is paid approximately 12 million US dollars a year, the biggest salary ever paid to a football player.
2. Wayne Rooney
The 25 years old Wayne Rooney is playing at Manchester United and for the England National team. He was always seen as a young hope and the predictions were totally right. The young player started to amaze football fans all over the world as soon as he was bought by Manchester United, from his childhood team, Everton. Apparently, he had entered in United’s attention when he was 9 years old only, after scoring a goal that stood out, from a perfect bicycle kick, impressive for such a young player. Currently, he is on second place, with an annual income of 11.5 million US dollars.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Andrés Messi is playing for FC Barcelona and he is ranked as one of the best in the world at this moment. He was discovered by Barcelona who offered to pay for the treatment he needed in order to solve his growth hormone deficiency problem. He soon after started to win prizes and acknowledgements for his performances. He is currently on the third place with a salary of 11 million US dollars for the 2011 season, and he has yet much more to show us!
4. Yaya Touré
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré is an Ivorian footballer who is currently playing for Manchester City, in the same team as his younger brother, Kolo Touré. He is renowned for the speed, strength and technique which he proves throughout the games. In addition, he is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world. His annual income is of 10.8 million US dollars, after having been transferred from Barcelona, in 2010.
5. Samuel Eto’o
This great player is from Cameroon. He is the the captain of the Cameroon national football team. In Europe, Eto’o plays for the Italian team Internationale. He is an accomplished 30 years old footballer, who has won universal acknowledgment and he established several records, such as the record holder as number of appearances of an African player in La Liga, and as number of ‘African player of the year’ decorations (4 in a row). His revenue is today of 10.5 million US dollars.
6. Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger plays for Bayer Munich since he was a boy. Back then, he was also a promissing ski racer and hence, he was obliged to choose among the two sports. Schweinsteiger is also known for having brought luck to the German National team, that won all the games in which this player scored. He is currently paid 9.8 million US dollars for the awesome job he does at Bayer Munich.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović is born in Sweden, from Croatian and Bosnian parents. In his teenage, he was about to give up football for working at the docks. Happily, he did not. Moreover, he ended up giving up high school in order to follow his career. Currently, Ibrahimović is the captain of the Swedish National team and one of Milan’s players. He was transferred here from Barcelona, who had paid for him the second highest amount of money in history, approximately 97, 2 million US dollars.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, known as Kaká,is a Brazilian football player, employed by the famous Real Madrid. He started his football career at 15, after having played for 7 years for a local club. These first years as an amateur, were split in two because Kaká also used to play tennis, which he gave up when signing his first contract. Today, this famous player is in the Brazil national team and he earns 9 million US dollars every year.
9. John Terry
Nothing seems to stand in the way of this most successful English player. He is the captain of Chelsea football team, but not only. Terry is also the captain of the English National Team, position he occupied since 2066 to 2010 and also from this year forward. The footballer plays as a defender and he was often called the best player in the field. As a curiosity, John Terry started playing as a central defender by chance, because there was a shortage for that particular position when he joined Chelsea, at 14 years old. Currently he has a total income of 9 million US Dollars.
10. Emmanuel Adebayor
Manchester City’s striker, Shey Emmanuel Adebayor was born in Togo. He announced his retirement from international football, subsequently, from the Togo national team in 2010. This was due to a gunfire attack on the Togo’s national team bus, in their way to the African cups of nations. In Europe, Adebayor played for important football teams such as Metza and Arsenal. In the present, he plays for Manchester United. However, at the beginning of this year, he signed a loan contract with Real Madrid for the rest of the season. He is receiving an annual payment of 8.4 million US dollars.
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