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The Richest players in the world.
« on: June 18, 2009, 05:43:39 PM »
The world’s highest-paid athletes.
By Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes.com.

 
Eight months on the shelf after knee surgery put a severe dent in his prize money, and killed his overseas appearance fees. One of his main sponsors walked away a year before their agreement was set to expire.

Yet Tiger Woods remains sports’ highest earner with an annual income two and a half times larger than his closest competitor. The world’s top golfer made $110 million during the past 12 months and is the best-paid sportsman for the eighth straight year.

Woods’ knee injury caused his prize money to drop to $5 million from $25 million, but his overall earnings only fell $5 million thanks to an expansion of Woods’ non-playing financial empire.

PepsiCo launched Gatorade Tiger last year in March with claims that it “helps focus your mind and your body.” Woods receives a cut of sales for the four flavors sold under his name. When General Motors’ problems caused Buick to terminate its $8 million a year deal with Woods one year early, the Woods camp moved quickly to sign a deal with AT&T to put the phone company’s brand on his golf bag in Buick’s place.

Nike is by far Woods’ biggest benefactor with an annual payday of more than $30 million for the golfer. Woods profits from the success of the company’s golf division, and last year sales for Nike Golf hit a record $725 million. Woods’ most lucrative new endeavor is his golf course design business. Last year he announced plans for a third course to be built in Mexico. His other courses in Dubai and North Carolina are currently under construction.

Our list of the highest-paid athletes looks at earnings derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and licensing income between June 2008 and June 2009 and does not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees. Overall, the top 20 earned $789 million, down 1 percent from last year. The cutoff to make the list was $30 million.

Drop-offs from last year include boxer Floyd Mayweather (has not fought since December 2007), NFL players Ben Roethlisberger and Dwight Freeney (both made the 2008 list after inking contracts with big signing bonuses) and Formula One driver Fernando Alonso (just missed the cut).

The highest-ranking of the four newcomers to the list is boxer Manny Pacquiao who earned $40 million over the last year, tied for the sixth most. Pacquiao cemented his claim as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter with convincing knockouts of Oscar De La Hoya in December and Ricky Hatton in May. The two blockbuster fights garnered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in the U.S. and earned Pac-Man $30 million combined.

Pacquiao’s massive popularity in his native Philippines is why companies like Nike and San Miguel beer have signed him to endorse their products. Pacquiao intends to use that popularity to run for political office when his ring career is over.

Our 20 highest earners have a very international flavor with Pacquiao one of eight non-Americans on the list. Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen earned $45 million over the past year, tied for second on our list with hoop legends Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Right behind that trio is global icon David Beckham who earned $42 million playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, while shilling for Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Motorola.

Notable omission: the entire NFL, which didn’t place anyone in the top 20 despite being the world’s richest sports league. The league’s salary cap keeps a lid on individual player salaries, and few players outside of Peyton Manning collect big endorsement deals. The top NFL earner during the past 12 months was Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha who made $22 million, mainly as a result of the three-year, $45 million contract he signed in February.

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Re: The world’s highest-paid athletes.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 07:02:16 PM »
didnt realise racing was so lucrative
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 07:07:15 PM »
didnt realise racing was so lucrative
a couple years ago Michael Schumacher was the highest paid athelete
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 07:28:00 PM »
with the amount of ads placed on them cars and  only one person driving, easy to believe

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2009, 12:13:07 AM »
racing got the most sponsors
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The world's best-paid footballer.
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 10:30:30 AM »
Beckham the world's best-paid footballer
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent
March 19, 2013


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham has topped Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best-paid footballer.

France Football magazine has calculated Beckham, 37, will make €36 million this year, one million ahead of Messi, 25, in second and a further five million clear of Ronaldo, 28, in third.

Although the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars' salaries of €12.5 million and €13 million respectively dwarf that of Beckham's, estimated at €1.7 million, it is the Englishman's status as a global marketing icon which earns him some €33 million from advertising and endorsements, that has put him top of the ranking for the sixth time in the last 15 years.

While Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema, 25, is the highest-ranked French player at 20th with €12 million annually, PSG trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31 (€15 million and eighth globally), Thiago Silva, 28 (€9.6 million), and Ezequiel Lavezzi, 27 (€9.4 million), unsurprisingly occupy the top three places in Ligue 1.

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, 53, ranks second among coaches with €12 million annually, €2 million behind Madrid's Jose Mourinho, 50.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013, 10:42:01 AM »
... and the Chinese are paying him a reported 2 million euro for 3 week-long visits that are nothing more than goodwill exercises.

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2013, 09:36:57 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2013, 09:48:46 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2013, 07:56:55 AM »
at this juncture, not good enough, by Brazilian standards.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2013, 08:15:19 AM »
Nice to see him enjoying his football though, at the end of the day, that's a big part of what matters
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2013, 10:21:16 AM »
he not good enough cause he is slower and does not defend.  if the game didnt include running and defending and only included set plays and passing then he would still be one of the best in the world.

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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2013, 11:02:54 AM »
he not good enough cause he is slower and does not defend.  if the game didnt include running and defending and only included set plays and passing then he would still be one of the best in the world.

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2013, 11:53:24 AM »
he not good enough cause he is slower and does not defend.  if the game didnt include running and defending and only included set plays and passing then he would still be one of the best in the world.

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ok buddy.....when man like messi run past yuh and yuh thinking just remember messi running and scoring.

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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2013, 12:58:07 PM »
Maro used to run back and defend?  How about R9?  If anything with Dinho is that his form may have dipped to early.  But just like most of these players after you've won everything there is to win you loose some desire. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2013, 01:09:29 PM »
Maro used to run back and defend?  How about R9?  If anything with Dinho is that his form may have dipped to early.  But just like most of these players after you've won everything there is to win you loose some desire. 

yuh cant have a squad with more than 1 man in a "free role", we done have neymar in that role and scolari even have him dropping back to defend and tackle.

i am a big dinho fan but let us be honest...he doesnt fit in the squad based on his current form and the make up of the team.

i agree that some men have less desire  after they won a lot

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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2013, 01:19:28 PM »
Yeah he doesn't fit for brazil right now as a key player.  I would still take him as a sub but he might be all sour.  LOL
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2013, 06:09:38 AM »
It's hard to identify another player on the global stage who consistently plays with such joy.

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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2013, 08:10:00 AM »
he not good enough cause he is slower and does not defend.  if the game didnt include running and defending and only included set plays and passing then he would still be one of the best in the world.

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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2013, 01:30:10 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2013, 02:53:53 PM »
He is my favorite player of all time.  I will never forgive Dunga for excluding him in 2010 but time it is understandable. I watch his matches often. Everything positive about Miniero comes through him. But he doesn't press and has to have the ball play to his feet all the time. As the video will attest his dead all skills are sublime and his close control and passing is phenomenal. He still produces a highlight reel of skills every game.

I still dream he will by some miracle make the team and help the World Cup next year.

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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2013, 03:16:37 PM »
The only other player who I revere as much in terms of close control and vision/passing was Valderrama.
The men with the more outrageous tricks get the hype, but the subtlety of these two players...

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The pass at 3:30 is beyond amazing.

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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2013, 05:42:14 AM »

i am a big dinho fan but let us be honest...he doesnt fit in the squad based on his current form and the make up of the team.



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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2013, 07:38:49 AM »
Bitter, start a Pibe thread. :devil:

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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2013, 08:11:30 AM »
Bitter, start a Pibe thread. :devil:

And I done Taliban this one?
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« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2013, 09:14:37 PM »
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2014, 11:34:17 AM »
The 25 Most Valuable Soccer Players In The World
Business Insider By Tony Manfred


The Football Observatory at the International Centre for Sports Studies released its annual review for the 2014 season, and it contains estimated market values for the most valuable players in the five big European leagues.

The player valuations were made by a model that takes into account "age, length of contract remaining, position, player performance at club level for last and previous seasons (matches, minutes, goals, assists, passes, tackles, interceptions, etc.), results of the clubs to which players belong, as well as players' international experience and results of association represented at national A-team level."

When a player switches teams in soccer, the club buying him pays the selling team a transfer fee. This Football Observatory study estimates that transfer fee for each player.

Some observations:

Lionel Messi, who's the most valuable player in the world as well as the highest-paid player in the world, is nearly twice as expensive as the 2nd-most valuable player, Cristiano Ronaldo. That's because Messi is just 26 years old while Ronaldo is 29.

Nearly every player in the top-25 could be described as an attacking player (23 out of 25, with Sergio Busquets and probably Paul Pogba as the lone exceptions).

Eleven of the top-25 players play in the English Premier League, eight play in Spain, two play in France, two play in Germany, and two play in Italy.

The youngest player (Raheem Sterling) is 19 years old. The oldest (Andres Iniesta) is 30.

Here's the top 25 (club and national team in parenthesis):

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) — $272-317 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) — $144-167 million

3. Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay) — $134-156 million

4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium) — $103-120 million

5. Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil) — $86-99 million

6. Paul Pogba (Juventus, France) — $83-96 million

7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales) — $80-92 million

8. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, Germany) — $67-78 million

9. Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay) — $65-76 million

10. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $64-74 million

11. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Spain) — $64-74 million

12. Oscar (Chelsea, Brazil) — $63-$72 million

13. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina) — $62-72 million

14. Isco (Real Madrid, Spain) — $56-65 million

15. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, England) — $53-61 million

16. Ross Barkley (Everton, England) — $50-58 million

17. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $50-$58 million

18. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England) — $50-58 million

19. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, England) — $50-58 million

20. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) — $50-58 million

21. Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, Italy) — $48-56 million

22. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium) — $48-56 million

23. Juan Mata (Manchester United, Spain) — $47-54 million

24. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain) — $47-54 million

25. James Rodriguez (Monaco, Colombia) — $47-54 million

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