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SBD Global/September 5, 2012/International Football

Eto'o Is The Best Paid Footballer; Ronaldo And Messi Round Out The Top 10

Russian Premier League's FC Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o is the best-paid footballer in the world at €20M ($25.2M) annually, according to Rubén Jiménez of MARCA. Rounding out the top three are Paris St. Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€14.5M/$18.2M) and ManU's Wayne Rooney (€13.8M/$17.8M). Ronaldo has the 10th highest salary at €10M ($12.6M), which is reportedly "one of the motives for his recent anger" with Real Madrid (MARCA, 9/4).

Name Club / League Annual Salary
1. Samuel Eto'o FC Anzhi Makhachkala (Russian Premier League) €20M ($25.1M)
2. Zlatan Ibrahimović Paris St. Germain (Ligue 1) €14.5M ($18.2M)
3. Wayne Rooney Manchester United (Premier League) €13.8M ($17.3M)
4. Yaya Touré Manchester City (Premier League) €13M ($16.3M)
5. Sergio Agüero Manchester City (Premier League) €12.5M ($15.7M)
6. Didier Drogba Shanghai Shenhua (Chinese Super League) €12M ($15.1M)
7. Fernando Torres Chelsea FC (Premier League) €10.8M ($13.6M)
8. Darío Conca Guangzhou Evergrande (Chinese Super League) €10.6M ($13.3M)
9. Lionel Messi FC Barcelona (La Liga) €10.5M ($13.2M)
10. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid (La Liga) €10M ($12.6M)
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