Top 7 Highest Paid Football Players in 2010

As we mentioned in our post of January 16, 2011 of the Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade, last week FIFA, along with Ballon D’Or, had their annual “European Footballer of the Year” ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, won by Leonel Messi. Having won this prize for two times in a row and being a very important player (if not the most important) of a very successful team like FC Barcelona, would have made us believe that Leonel is the highest paid footballer now but, he is not! This prize belongs to someone else. Let’s check the Top 7 highest paid footballer, according to their salary in 2010:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Salary: €12 million

Team: Real Madrid

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: February 5, 1985

2. Wayne Rooney

Salary: €11.5 million

Team: Manchester United

Country: England

Date of birth: October 24, 1985

3. Lionel Messi

Salary: €11 million

Team: FC Barcelona

Country: Argentina

Date of birth: June 24, 1987

4. Yaya Toure’

Salary: €10.8 million

Team: Manchester City

Country: Ivory Coast

Date of birth: May 13, 1983

5. Samuel Eto’o

Salary: €10.5 million

Team: Internazionale

Country: Cameroon

Date of birth: March 10, 1981

6. Bastian Schweinsteiger

Salary: €9.7 million

Team: Bayern Munich

Country: Germany

Date of birth: August 1, 1984

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Salary: €9 million

Team: Milan

Country: Sweden

Date of birth: October 3, 1981

Source: Footballpress
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Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade

At the beginning of this week FIFA, along with Ballon D’Or, had their annual “European Footballer of the Year” ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, an again (as in 2009) this award went to Leonel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona). But this time there was something new:  for the first time they gave the award for the best coach in 2010, and this prize went to Jose Mourinho, after leading Inter Milan to the European Champions League title, beating Vicente del Bosque of World Cup champion Spain and Pep Guardiola of Spanish champion Barcelona in the inaugural prize.

This event would made us believe that Mourinho, after all the trophies he already has in only ten years, would be consider Coach of the Decade but, according to the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics), this prize belongs to someone else. Lets check who is in the Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade:

1. Arsène Wenger

Points: 156

Country: France

Date of birth: October 22, 1949

Club: Arsenal

2. Sir Alex Ferguson

Points: 148

Country: UK

Date of birth: December 31, 1941

Club: Manchester United

3. José Mourinho

Points: 135

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: January 26, 1963

Club: FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid

4. Fabio Capello

Points: 120

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 18, 1946

Club / Country: Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid / England

5. Guus Hiddink

Points: 112

Country: Nederland

Date of birth: November 8, 1946

Club / Country: Real Betis, Chelsea / South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey

6. Carlo Anceloti

Points: 108

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 10, 1959

Club: Milan, Chelsea

7. Luiz Felipe Scolari (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Brazil

Date of birth: November 9, 1948

Club / Country: Chelsea, Bunyodkor, Palmeiras / Brazil, Portugal

7. Marcelo Alberto Bielsa (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Argentina

Date of birth: July 21, 1955

Country: Argentina, Chile

Since this post refers only to the last decade, I’m only including in “Club / Country” only the Clubs and/or Countries teams these gentlemen worked with in the last ten years.

Source: IFFHS
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Top 7 Highest Paid Female Athletes in 2010

After all It wouldn’t be fair that, after publishing the Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010, we wouldn’t talk about the ladies on this matter. Here we have the highest paid female athletes in 2010:

1. Maria Sharapova

Sport: Tennis

Country: Russia

Income: $24.5 million

Age: 23

The top-paid woman in sports signed an eight-year contract extension with Nike this year that could be worth as much as $70 million, thanks to royalties from her own tennis line and a line of bags and shoes through Nike subsidiary Cole Haan.

2. Serena Williams

Sport: Tennis

Country: USA

Income: $20.2 million

Age: 28

Williams won two Grand Slams and a record $6.5 million in prize money in 2009. Last August Williams and sister Venus became minority owners in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

3. Venus Williams

Sport: Tennis

Country: USA

Income: $15.4 million

Age: 30

Williams pitches for Oreo, Powerade, Tide and Wilson, among others. She co-authored the book, “Come to Win,” released in July, which looks at successful people who played sports as kids, including Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Meg Whitman.

4. Danica Patrick

Sport: Car Racing

Country: USA

Income: $12 million

Age: 28

Patrick’s part-time move to Nascar has been a bit bumpy, as her average finish was 30.5 in her first six starts. She remains one of racing’s biggest stars with 10 personal sponsorship deals.

5. Kim Yu-Na

Sport: Figure skating

Country: South Korea

Income: $9.7 million

Age: 19

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist has an impressive endorsement portfolio including Hyundai, Nike and Samsung Electronics. Her sponsor, Kookmin Bank, took out insurance on its $1 million bonus if Kim broke her world-record score at the Olympics. She smashed it.

6. Annika Sorenstam

Sport: Golf

Country: Sweden

Income: $8 million

Age: 39

The eight-time player of the year retired from the LPGA at the end of 2008, but still retains deals with the likes of Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Lexus and Rolex. Other business interests include golf course design, a golf academy and a winery.

7. Ana Ivanovic


Country: Serbia

Income: $7.2 million

Age: 22

Adidas announced a lifetime deal in February with the former No. 1-ranked player in the world. Ivanovic has struggled on the court since winning the 2008 French Open, but her website remains one of the most popular among all athletes.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010

Last year Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from UK’s Manchester United to Spain’s Real Madrid for €94 million was the highest transfer ever paid for a footballer, and since he was moving to the richest football club, this would make all believe that he would be on the top of the highest paid athletes in the world but, guess what, he is not even in the top 7! Here is the list for the highest paid athletes in 2010:

1. Tiger Woods

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $105 million

Age: 35

Nike has built a $638 million (sales) golf division on Woods’ back, and pays the golfer $30 million annually.

2. Floyd Mayweather

Sport: Boxing

Country: USA

Income: $65 million

Age: 33

His May fight against Shane Mosley netted 1.4 million pay-per-view buys, the second-most lucrative non-heavyweight bout ever.

3. Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $48 million

Age: 32

Five-time NBA champ has the bestselling jersey in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

4. Phil Mickelson

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $46 million

Age: 40

World’s second-ranked golfer has designed only one golf course in U.S., but has five projects on tap in China.

5. David Beckham

Sport: Football

Country: UK

Income: $43.7 million

Age: 35

Former Armani pitchman is developing his own line of underwear and grooming products.

6. Roger Federer

Sport: Tennis

Country: Switzerland

Income: $43 million

Age: 29

The 16-time Grand Slam champion has 10-year endorsement deals including Nike, Wilson, Rolex and Jura.

7. LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $42.8 million

Age: 26

Two-time MVP heads to Miami with sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, State Farm and Upper Deck in tow.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Richest Football Clubs

Normally, when someone asks you which is the “best” football club, we try to remember the ones with more victories over the history. However, when it comes to making money, not always the “best” is the “richest”. Hence and based on a study by consulting firm Deloitte, we will see the Top 7 richest football clubs World (based on 2009 results):

1. Real Madrid

Revenue 2009: EUR 401.4 million

In the field, Real Madrid did not have a brilliant 2008/09 season, losing the Spanish title against Barcelona and being eliminated at the beginning of the Champions League. But from a financial perspective, the club became the first football team worldwide to get an annual income of over 400 million euros. According to Deloitte, club revenues were boosted by improved television contract with Mediapro, which will guarantee to Real Madrid over 1 billion euros over seven seasons.

2. Barcelona

Revenue 2009: EUR 365.9 million

Play beautiful football pays dividends – literally. Lionel Messi and company had a resounding success in the 2008/2009 season, getting something so far unheard in Spanish football: winning during the same year La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League, which helped Barcelona climb up to second place on the list of the richest clubs in football, (one position up from previous year). This year, an “enhanced” television deal (unlike their British counterparts, Spanish clubs can negotiate individual TV contracts) did that 2009 revenue increased substantially, but not enough to topple its main rival on the top of the list …

3. Manchester United

Revenue 2009: EUR 327 million

Officially, the richest club in the UK. The large number of fans worldwide has helped raise 65 million euros more than the next English club in the list, Arsenal. According to Deloitte, The MU would had been the world’s richest club if the British pound kept the valuation of 2007. The weakness of the sterling pound also helped the club to come down one step in the classification compared to 2008 (from second to third).

4. Bayern Munich

Revenue 2009: EUR 289.5 million

Bayern Munich had, in 2009, a decrease in revenue of 2%, but managed to hold the fourth place in the world’s richest clubs, with a total income of 289.5 million euros. The Bavarians could not win the Bundesliga, but they managed to earn direct qualification to the Champions League, ensuring a considerable amount of revenue for the transmission of the games.

5. Arsenal

Revenue 2009: EUR 263 million

Arsenal returns to the “Top5” after one year’s absence, and is up one position, replacing London rivals of Chelsea, with an increase of 7% on their revenues.

6. Chelsea

Revenue 2009: EUR 242.3 million

Chelsea’s total revenues grew nearly 12%, mainly thanks to a 30% increase in earnings from television broadcasts. However, the team will have to return to the great triumphs quickly if it want to see its bank account increased.

7 .- Liverpool

Revenue 2009: EUR 217 million

Liverpool is the “poor brother” of the Big Four English Premier League Teams. Unfortunately, this year the club will be poorer, since it did not make the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Source: Deloitte
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