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PHOTOS: World's highest paid footballers

Last updated on: March 21, 2012 08:26 IST

Messi ahead of Beckham and Ronaldo

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Barcelona and Argentine forward Lionel Messi is the highest-paid football player in the world player ahead of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to France Football magazine.

Messi, the key to Barcelona's success in the last few seasons, makes most of his money through endorsement deals. The ace footballer earns around 33 million euros per year which includes his 10.5 million euros as salary, 1.5 million euros in bonus and 21 million euros through advertising and other endorsements.

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham, who now plays his football in the US with LA Galaxy, is a close second with 31.5 million euros, with most of his money also coming from endorsement contracts.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earns nearly 29.2 million euros, which includes his annual salary of 13 million euros, while the rest come from his advertisement deals.

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Photographs: Getty Images

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Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi

Team: Argentina, Barcelona

Earnings: 33 million euros


Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

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David Beckham

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David Beckham

Team: England, LA Galaxy

Earnings: 31.5 million euros



Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Teams: Portugal, Real Madrid

Earnings: 29.2 million euros


Photographs: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

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Samuel Eto'o

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Samuel Eto'o

Teams: Cameroon, Anzhi Makhachkala

Earnings: 23.3m euros


Photographs: Dmitry Korotayev/Getty Images

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Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney

Teams: England, Man United

Earnings: 20.6m euros


Photographs: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero

Teams: Argentina, Manchester City

Earnings: 18.8m euros


Photographs: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Yaya Toure

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Yaya Toure

Teams: Ivory Coast, Manchester City

Earnings: 17.6m euros


Photographs: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres

Teams: Spain, Chelsea

Earnings: 16.7m euros


Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Kaka

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Kaka

Teams: Brazil, Real Madrid

Earnings: 15.5m euros


Photographs: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

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Philipp Lahm

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Philipp Lahm

Teams: Germany, Bayern Munich

Earnings: 14.3m euros


Photographs: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

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