Wednesday, 31 October 2012


 Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid footballer, earns some 33 million euros ($43.5 million) a year with a 10.5-million-euro salary, 1.5 million euros in bonuses and 21 million euros in advertising and other contracts.2012 Earnings: €33 Million (£27.5m)

 Becks, 36, collected €31.5 million and maintained his high profile despite plying his trade in America with LA Galaxy. His endorsement deal with Adidas is the biggest in the sport thanks to royalties from soccer apparel and cleats as well as lifestyle lines like ObyO. In May 2011 he signed a deal with Samsung to become the company’s global brand ambassador for the Games.2012 Earnings: €31.5 Million (£26.2m)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for third and €29.2m despite leading the scoring charts in La Liga with 32 goals in 26 games this season. Using social media to expand his brand. With 26 million Facebook fans, twice as many as any other athlete and 3 million Twitter followers; which is part of the attraction for sponsors like Nike, Armani, Coca-Cola and Castrol. 2012 Earnings: €29.2 Million (£24.3m)

Over the past 12 months the Cameroonian striker added Puma and Ford as sponsors. Has much to be proud of – in the wake of his Champion League success with Barcelona and Inter Milan. He is Africa’s most decorated footballer of all time; has won the African Player of the Year award a record four times; in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. 2012 Earnings:€23.3 Million (£19.4m)

He lost his £600,000-a-year contract with Coca-Cola. He is back on form, the Manchester United striker was the Premier League’s top earner with €20.6m (£17.2m). He picks up £8m at Old Trafford a season from his latest five-year contract and, although he ran into trouble with Coca-Cola last year following off-the-field problems, commercial interest in the England star remains strong. Remaining sponsors include Nike and Electronic Arts. 2012 Earnings:€20.6 Million (£17.2m)

 Argentine footballer Sergio Aguero is currently playing as a striker for both Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team. Aguero drew the attention of Europe’s top clubs after he moved from Independiente to La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006. In July 2011, the player joined Manchester City for a five-year deal said to be worth £35 million (€42.35 million), making him the most expensive footballer in the club’s history.2012 Earnings: €18.8 Million (£15.7m)

Midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Côte d’Ivoire national team.Touré was awarded the award for African Footballer of the Year 2011. Touré moved from Barcelona to Manchester City in 2010 for a transfer fee of about £24 million (€29 million) and the five-year contract is estimated at a staggering £55.6 million (€67.3 million). The defensive midfielder quickly adapted himself to the new environment, showing his remarkable capabilities in attacking as well as defending. 2012 Earnings: €17.6 Million (£14.7m)

Spanish footballer who plays as a striker for Chelsea and the Spain national team, From Atlético Madrid, to Liverpool, and now Chelsea, Torres has been recognized as a world-class striker. In January 2011, Torres joined Chelsea for a record British transfer fee of £50 million (€60.5 million) on a five-and-a-half year contract, making him the most expensive Spanish player in history.2012 Earnings: €16.7 Million (£13.9m)

 Brazilian football attacking midfielder who is currently playing for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. The Brazilian midi was featured on the cover of EA Sports FIFA Soccer 11. The FIFA franchise has sold 100 million units of the popular soccer game for Electronic Arts. Kaka’s major sponsors included Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Guarana.2012 Earnings: €15.5 million (£12.9m)

German professional footballer who plays for and captains both Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. Lahm is now recognized as one of the best full backs in the world. The right-footed player is able to play on both sides of the pitch, and is now mostly playing as a left-wing-back.2012 Earnings: €16.7 Million (£11.9m)

This is no doubt one of the biggest medium used by corporate brands across the world to reach their consumers because we all love the football game, some for game itself, the fun moments of goals, some just love the arguments, the fine hot footballers loved by the women and the fact that its a moment where you forget your race and just enjoy being around everyone on the pitch.

So, it surely takes a lot of cash to maintain them by ensuring they enjoy their career...and at a very young age, these guys have achieved so much, a secured future for their family...its simply mind blowing