Friday, July 30, 2010

David Beckham defeated by Lionel Messi as Barcelona star tops football earner charts on �570000 a week

Lionel Messi earned a staggering 29.7million in the last year, replacing David Beckham as the world"s highest-earning footballer.

A study by France Football magazine found that the England midfielder had finally been toppled after two years on the top spot, though he stays above Cristiano Ronaldo in second place.

The 200,000 a week after-tax deal that Ronaldo signed when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid makes him the biggest earner by football salary, but Messi"s burgeoning commercial deals and a 3.6m bonus for winning six trophies with Barcelona put him out in front.