Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world for the year of 2014. The little Argentine has earned nearly a million every week last year. Whereas in coaching department Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho earned the most.
France Football’s annual survey of wages reckons the Barcelona star earns over £26m in his basic salary before bonuses. And the Argentine earns almost the same again in commercial deals with blue-chip sponsors like adidas, FIFA 15 and Turkish Airline to take his total annual income to £47.8m.
Messi is well clear of La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the Real Madrid star significantly increasing his income over the last 12 months. Ronaldo, 30, added around £11 million to his revenue to take himself to nearly £40 million a year.
While Messi’s Barcelona teammate Neymar came in third, improving his own revenue from £21.4 million to £27 million. Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva is on £20 million a year to be Ligue 1’s highest-paid player, while his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is eighth on £15.8 million.
Manchester United duo Robin van Persie is on 5th with £19 million and Wayne Rooney is on 7th with £16.5 million. The reported Manchester United target in summer, Gareth Bale earned £17.5 million.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is the third Premier League player in the top 10, weighing in at £15.6 million in ninth, just ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who is on 10th with £14.9 million. While Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure is joint 11th on £14.7 million.
Manchester United last summer recruits Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao earned £13.6 million to remain joint 13th in the list. While, Mario Gotze of Bayern Munich with £12.4 million completes the 20th place in the list.
Mourinho tops the manager charts
The Premier League leader Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho, 52, earned £13.2 million last year to top the poll of managers. The former Real Madrid manager earned £1.8 million more than the present Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Whereas, Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola is third with £11 million with Premier League pair Arsene Wenger (£8.3 million) and Louis van Gaal (£7.4 million) complete the top five. Zenit’s Andre Villas Boas (£6.25m) and David Moyes (£5.14m), who is now at Real Sociedad also make the top ten list.
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