Messi world's highest-paid footballer
20 March 2012, 07:34
Spain - Argentina's Lionel Messi is the world's highest-paid footballer, followed by David Beckham of England and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, according to France Football magazine.
Barcelona talisman Messi earns some €33 million ($43.5 million) a year with a €10.5-million salary, €1.5 million in bonuses and €21 million in advertising and other contracts.
Former Manchester United midfielder Beckham, now at LA Galaxy, takes home €31.5 million, largely due to his €26 million worth of advertising and endorsement contracts.
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