Soccer: Lionel Messi is richest star, France Football mag declares
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Soccer: Lionel Messi is richest star, France Football mag declares

London : United Kingdom | Mar 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM PDT
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Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi was declared as top-earner player in soccer by France Football magazine, Tuesday.

With a three-time World Player of the Year awards under his belt, the Argentina star accumulated a total earning of€33 million ($52 million) in wages, bonuses as well as endorsement deals last 2011.

Messi, 24, is considered by many as the best football player in the world, having had scored a total of 51 goals for the Catalan Giants in all competitions.

Next on the list is David Beckham, former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar collecting $50 million mostly from his endorsements.

In addition, Beckham had recently signed a new contract with the Galaxy and unveiled a clothing line with Swedish retailer H & M earlier this year, CNN reported.

Real Madrid forward’s Cristiano Ronaldo with total earnings of $46 million had also made it to the top 3.

Ronaldo, the Portugal star is Messi’s on-field rival.

Following on the list is Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon while Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney was on fifth.

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