Who Are the Top 10 Highest-Paid Soccer Players?


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According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid soccer players in the world, as of 2014, are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Fernando Torres and Gareth Bale. As of 2014, the most valuable soccer team in the world is Real Madrid.

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Who Are the Top 10 Highest-Paid Soccer Players?
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According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid soccer player in the world in 2014. He earned $73 million in salary, bonuses and endorsement income in 2013. On average, he scored over a goal a game for the club and his country, receiving a five-year contract worth $206 million in the process. He is also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.

Soccer, popularly known as football outside North America, is a sport that is played between two teams of 11 players using a spherical ball. As of 2014, it is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport. This popularity helps to create enormous amounts of revenue that allow soccer players to be paid exorbitant salaries. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup is the largest competition on Earth and generated as much as $4 billion in total revenue resulting in a $2 billion profit.

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