Soccer & Business — 06 September 2012

Following up on the list of the world’s top paid footballers released by Forbes in April, here is the updated list to reflect recent transfers that took place just prior to the 2012/2013 campaign:

1. David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), $46 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), $42 million

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona), $39 million

4. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), $24 million

5. Kaka (Real Madrid), $21 million

6. John Terry (Chelsea), $18 million

7. Yaya Toure (Manchester City), $18 million

8. Fernando Torres (Chelsea), $17 million

9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea), $16 million

10. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), $16 million

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain), $15.8 million

12. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala), $15.7 million

13. Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), $15.6 million

14. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur), $15.4 million

15. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), $15.3 million

16. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), $15.3 million

17. Daniel Alves (Barcelona), $15 million

18. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), $14.9 million

19. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), $14.6 million

20. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), $14.3 million


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Business of Soccer (BoS) was launched in November 2010. Reporting on the business side of the world’s game, BoS provides readers with the latest news, statistics, and analysis. With an emphasis on soccer in North America, BoS compares the growth of the sport against other leagues around the world, as well as the other major sports in North America.

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