Barcelona star Messi best paid in football with £27M-a-year
Messi has been tipped to earn a jaw-dropping £27.4million this year from wages, bonuses, sponsorships and endorsements.
His annual £13m salary gets topped up nicely through a number of deals with leading global brands, including adidas and Pepsi, and it seems like the sky is the limit for the Argentine.
Becks, 36, is set to earn £26m as his worldwide claim shows little sign of diminishing, especially as his latest deal is to be Samsung's global ambassador for the Olympics.
Rooney earns £17m against Eto'o's £19.3m.