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Top 10 highest paid soccer players of 2015

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Soccer is the most popular sports in the world earning millions of revenue every year thanks to huge viewership and jersey sponsorship. Soccer is also associated with the world of glitz and glamour. Soccer players are celebrities in their own right with their incomes among the biggest and most lucrative in all of sports.

Let’s look at the top ten highest paid soccer players of 2015.

  1. Luis Suarez– $19.9 million
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The Uruguayan soccer player, Suarez plays for FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker. According to Forbes, Suarez earns a total of $19.9 million per year out of which $15.4 million comes as the salary from the club. The rest– $4.5 million– he earns from his endorsements each year.

  1. Sergio Aguero – $25.3 million
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Argentinean Sergio Aguero currently plays for Manchester City in the English Premier League (EPL). Sporteology reports that Sergio Aguero earns a total of $25.3 million per year out of which $18.1 million comes as the salary from the club and the additional $7.2 million comes from his endorsements each year.

Manchester City recently extended his contract until the 2017 football season. Puma made him their highest paid soccer player with an endorsement deal in 2011.

  1. James Rodriguez – $25.4 million
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Colombian national soccer player James Rodríguez currently plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team as a midfielder. He earns $21.4 million as the salary from the club and the $4 million he earns from his endorsement deals.

  1. Wayne Rooney – $25.8 million
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England’s national soccer player, Wayne Rooney currently plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League. Sporteology reports that Rooney earns a total of $25.8 million each year out of which $19 million comes as the salary from the club and the remaining $6.8 million comes from his endorsements. Rooney signed a four-year contract deal with Manchester United in 2013.

  1. Radamel Falcao – $31 million
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Colombian soccer player Falcao currently plays for Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco in the English Premier League. He earns $26 million per year out of which $27 million is his salary and the remaining $4 million comes from his endorsement deals.

  1. Neymar Jr. – $31.7 million
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Brazilian Neymar currently plays for Barcelona. He earns a total of $31.7 million per year out of which $14.7 million is his salary from the club and the additional $17 million comes from his endorsements each year.

His current major sponsors are Nike, Castrol, Panasonic, L’Oreal and Volkswagen.

  1. Gareth Bale – $34.9 million
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Wales’ national soccer player, Bale currently plays for Real Madrid. Gareth Bale earns a total of $34.9 million per year out of which $25.4 million is his salary from the club. He also earns $6.5 million from his endorsements each year.

Adidas, EA Sports and Lucozade are his current major sponsors.

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $41.8
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Ibrahimovic currently plays for the Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1. He earns a total of $41.8 million per year out of which $35.8 million comes as the salary from the club and the additional $6 million comes from his endorsement deals.

He is also the first player in the French league to score 30 goals as the league top scorer.

  1. Lionel Messi – $70.5 million
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Argentinean national soccer player and recipient of this year’s Balllon d’Or, Messi currently plays for Barcelona. He earned a total of $70.5 million per year out of which $48.5 million is his salary and the additional $22 million comes from his endorsement deals.

His current major sponsors are Adidas, Samsung, Pepsi, Turkish Airlines and Herbalife.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $79 million
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Portuguese national, Ronaldo widely known as CR7 currently plays for Real Madrid. CR7 earns a total of $79 million per year out of which $52.2 million comes as the salary from the club and the remaining $26.8 million comes from his endorsements each year.

He is currently in a five year contract deal with the Spanish giant, Real Madrid with a net worth of $206 million. He also recently released his documentary titled Ronaldo.

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