According to the French magazine “France Football,” and hashed out on the SI.com website, David Beckham topped the list of the highest-earning soccer players in 2008 with $42.7 million.
It has nothing to do with whatever some may pay him in sire fees.
To break that down, Becks earns $6.5 million on the field per year, according to his Major League Soccer contract. But much of that figure this year will be paid by AC Milan, where the England international will be until the end of the Serie A season in May. He also gets a nice chunk of change from endorsement deals (adidas, Gillette, Pepsi) and a slide of the ticket and jersey sales by the Galaxy.
A look at the list:
1. David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy/AC Milan): $42.7 million
2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona): $37.7 million
3. Ronaldinho (AC Milan): $25.8 million
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): $24.1 million
5. Thierry Henry (FC Barcelona): $22.4 million
6. Kak (AC Milan): $19.9 million
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan): $19.9 million
8. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): $17.8 million
9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea): $17.1 million
10. John Terry (Chelsea): $15.4 million