The Highest Paid Footballer and Manager of 2013 has been announced
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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