Messi tops footballs rich list

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Updated: March 19, 2012

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid footballer, followed by David Beckham of England and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, according to France Football magazine.

Barcelona talisman Messi earns some €33 million a year with a €10.5-million salary, €1.5 million in bonuses and €21 million in advertising and other contracts.

Former Manchester United midfielder Beckham, now at LA Galaxy, takes home €31.5 million, largely due to his €26 million worth of advertising and endorsement contracts.

Real Madrid’s Ronaldo earns €29.2 million, from a €13-million annual salary and €15.5 million from off-the-pitch revenue, France Football said in an article to be published on Tuesday.

Ronaldo’s coach at the Camp Nou, Portugal’s Jose Mourinho, topped the list of highest-earning managers with €14.8 million a year, followed by Paris Saint-Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti (€13.5 million)