Ronaldo, Messi & Torres lead the top 100 salaries in world football list

Portuguese website Football Finance have published the list of the 100 highest paid players in world football – according to salary alone.

Since we have only seen it in the foreign press, the full 100 list is reproduced below and it makes for interesting reading.

The top 10 should come as little surprise, but there are a host of players in the top 100 that may shock, here are a few observations:

– There are only four players in the top 100 who do not play in Europe (Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Deco and Thierry Henry).

– The players you can’t believe are so high on the list: Glen Johnson (24), Fredi Kanoute (34) and Kevin Kuranyi (37).

– The players that should be much higher on the list: Wesley Sneijder (86), Xabi Alonso (71) and Carles Puyol (48).

– We love the fact that Xavi and Andres Iniesta still cannot be separated, coming in at 15 and 16.

The top 100 salaries in world football list is ordered by name/team/monthly salary/annual salary.

(As of today, 1 Euro is worth 0.887 pounds.)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – €1.000.000 – €12.000.000

2. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona – €875.000 – €10.500.000

3. Fernando Torres – Chelsea – €833.000 – €10.000.000

4. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – €833.000- €10.000.000

5. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – €791.000 – €9.500.000

6. Ricardo Kaka – Real Madrid – €833.000 – €9.000.000

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan – €833.000 – €9.000.000

8. Emmanuel Adebayor – Real Madrid – €708.000 – €8.500.000

9. Carlos Tevez – Manchester City – €666.000 – €8.000.000

10. Samuel Eto’o – Internazionale – €666.000 –  €8.000.000

11. Frank Ribery – Bayern Munich – €666.000 – €8.000.000

12. John Terry – Chelsea – €625.000 – €7.500.000

13. Frank Lampard – Chelsea – €625.000 – €7.500.000

14. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool – €625.000 –  €7.500.000

15.  Xavi – FC Barcelona – €625.000 – €7.500.000

16. Anders Iniesta – FC Barcelona – €583.000 – €7.000.000

17.  David Villa – FC Barcelona – €583.000 – €7.000.000

18. Daniel Alves – FC Barcelona – €583.000 – €7.000.000

19. Edin Dzeko – Manchester City – €541.000 –  €6.500.000

20. Rio Ferdinand – Manchester United – €541.000 – €6.500.000

21. Mario Balorelli – Manchester City – €541.000 –  €6.500.000

22. Kolo Toure – Manchester City – €541.000 – €6.500.000

23. Ashley Cole – Chelsea – €541.000 ¬- €6.500.000

24. Glenn Johnson – Liverpool – €541.000 – €6.500.000

25. Didier Drogba – Chelsea – €516.000 – €6.200.000

26. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid – €500.000 – €6.000.000

27. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – €500.000 – €6.000.000

28. Gonzalo Higuain – Real Madrid – €500.000 – €6.000.000

29. Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal – €500.000 – €6.000.000

30. Peter Cech – Chelsea – €500.000 – €6.000.000

31. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus – 500.000 – €6.000.000

32. Victor Valdez – FC Barcelona – €500.000 – €6.000.000

33. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan – €500.000 – €6.000.000

34. Frederic Kanoute – Sevilla – €500.000 – €6.000.000

35. Francesco Totti – AS Roma – €458.000 – €5.500.000

36. Patrcik Vieira – Internazionale – €458.000 – €5.500.000

37. Kevin Kuranyi – Dinamo Moscow – €458.000 – €5.500.000

38. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich – €458.000 – €5.500.000

39. Gareth Barry – Manchester City – €458.000 – €5.500.000

40. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich – €458.000 – €5.500.000

41. Aleksandar Kolarov – Manchester City – €458.000 – €5.500.000

42. Joe Cole – Liverpool – €450.000 – €5.400.000

43. Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid – €416.000 – €5.000.000

44. Sami Khedira – Real Madrid – €416.000 – €5.000.000

45. Michael Ballack – Bayer Leverkusen – €416.000 – €5.000.000

46. Ronaldinho Gaucho – Flamengo – €416.000 – €5.000.000

47. Sergio Aguero – Atletico Madrid – €416.000 - €5.000.000

48. Carles Puyol – FC Barcelona – €416.000 – €5.000.000

49. Luca Toni – Juventus – €416.000 – €5.000.000

50. Lassana Diarra – Real Madrid – €416.000 – €5.000.000

51. Wayne Bridge – Manchester City – €416.000 – €5.000.000

52. Joleon Lescott – Manchester City – €416.000 – €5.000.000

53. Edwin Van der Sar – Manchester United – €416.000 – €5.000.000

54. Patrice Evra – Manchester United – €416.000 – €5.000.000

55. Andy Carroll – Liverpool – €416.000 – €5.000.000

56. Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United – €400.000 – €4.800.000

57. Andrei Arshavin – Arsenal – €400.000 – €4.800.000

58. Nicolas Anelka – Chelsea – €400.000 – €4.800.000

59. Yoann Goucuff –  Olympique Lyon – €400.000 – €4.800.000

60. Ryan Giggs – Manchester United – €400.000 – €4.800.000

61. Daniele De Rossi – AS Roma – €383.000 – €4.600.000

62. Ricardo Carvalho – Real Madrid – €375.000 – €4.500.000

63. Alessandro Nesta – AC Milan – €375.000 – €4.500.000

64. Diego Milito – Internazionale – €375.000 – €4.500.000

65. Júlio César – Internazionale – €375.000 – €4.500.000

66. Matthieu Flamini – AC Milan – €375.000 – €4.500.000

67. David Bechkam – LA Galaxy – €375.000 – €4.500.000

68.  Gabriel Heinze – Olympique Marseille – €375.000 – €4.500.000

69. Diego Forlan – Atletico Madrid – €375.000 – €4.500.000

70. Paul Scholes – Manchester United – €375.000 – €4.500.000

71. Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid – €375.000 – €4.500.000

72. Jamie Carragher – Liverpool – €375.000 – €4.500.000

73. Robbie Van Persie – Arsenal €375.000 – €4.500.000

74. David Silva – Manchester City – €358.000 – €4.300.000

75. Lucho Gonzalez – Olympique Marseille – €358.000 – €4.300.000

76. Floren Malouda – Chelsea – €358.000 – €4.300.000

77. Craig Bellamy – Cardiff City – €358.000 – €4.300.000

78. Amauri – Juventus – €350.000 – €4.200.000

79. Miroslav Klose – Bayern Munich – €350.000 – €4.200.000

80. Cris ¬- Olympique Lyon –  €350.000 –  €4.200.000

81. Lisandro Lopez – Olympique Lyon – €341.000 – €4.100.000

82. Raul Gonzalez – Schalke 04 – €333.000 – €4.000.000

83. Mário Gomez – Bayern Munich – €333.000 – €4.000.000

84. Robinho – AC Milan – €333.000 – €4.000.000

85. Alessandro Del Piero – Juventus – €333.000 – €4.000.000

86. Wesley Sneijder – Internazionale – €333.000 – €4.000.000

87. Esteban Cambiasso – Internazionale – €333.000 – €4.000.000

88. Pepe – Real Madrid – €333.000 – €4.000.000

89. Clarence Seedorf – AC Milan – €333.000 – €4.000.000

90. Ruud Van Nistelrooy – Hamburg – €333.000 – €4.000.000

91.  Deco – Fluminense –  €333.000 – €4.000.000

92. Javier Marcherano – FC Barcelona – €333.000 – €4.000.000

93. Thorsten Frings – Werder Bremen – €333.000 – €4.000.000

94. Nemanja Vidic – Manchester United – €333.000 – €4.000.000

95. Diego – Wolfsburg – €333.000 – €4.000.000

96. André Pierre Gignac – Olympique Marseille – €316.000 – €3.800.000

97. Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls – €316.000 – €3.800.000

98. Maicon – Internazionale – €316.000 – €3.800.000

99. James Milner – Manchester City – €316.000 – €3.800.000

100. Ji-Sung Park – Manchester United – €316.000 – €3.800.000

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