Not only is Lionel Messi the world’s greatest footballer, he’s minted

Lionel MessiFrance Football have released their annual rich list, and perhaps not surprisingly Lionel Messi tops the list based on annual earnings from wages and sponsorship deals.

Premier League players make up four of the top ten and seven of the top twenty overall, with Wayne Rooney the highest paid player in England.

Three Manchester City players make the list (Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva), but there is no Steven Gerrard or John Terry on the list.

The highest paid Englishman is, drum roll please, Mr Beckham who trousers more than €30m per year, but I’ve read the list over and over again and I still can’t see Grant Holt on it anywhere.

Top 20 earners in world football (based on wages & endorsements):

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) €33m (per annum)
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy) €31.5m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) €29.2m
4. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala) €23.3m
5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) €20.6m
6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) €18.8m
7. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) €17.6m
8. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) €16.7m

9. Kaka (Real Madrid) €15.5m
10. Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich) €14.3m
11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) €14m
12. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) €13.9m
13. Neymar (Santos) €13.8m
14. Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua) €13m
15. Frank Lamaprd (Chelsea) €12.9m
16. David Silva (Manchester City) €12.8m
17. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) €12.6m

18. Dario Conca (Guangzhou Evergrande) €12.5m
19. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) €11.7m
20. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) €11.6m

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About the Author: A Norwich City fan who still loves Grant Holt, just. When I visit Fortress Carrow Road I can usually be found in the Jarrold Stand with a cornish pasty in one hand and a kit-kat in the other.

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