Messi overtakes Beckham as world's best paid footballer - see the Top 10 here
Published 22:45 23/03/10 By Neil McLeman
David Beckham has lost his position as the best paid footballer in the world to Lionel Messi
The England star, 34, has topped the annual rich list for the last two years because of his massive income from advertising endorsements.
But the £3.6million bonus the 22-year-old Barcelona player banked for winning the treble last season saw his overall pay climb to £29.6million.
And Beckham is now just ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real Madrid star earns the biggest salary of £11.7million with another £900,000 in bonuses.
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho is highest paid manager ahead of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
Beckham has finished in the two top of footballers’ earnings for the ninth consecutive time after coming out on top five times.
But according to France Football magazine, the LA Galaxy midfielder suffered a drop in income from £29.1million to £27.3million last year.
Part of that is due to the fall in value of the dollar where Beckham earns most of his £4.8million in salary and bonuses.
He still banks an estimated £22.5million from his football schools and sponsorship deals with Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Motorola.
But Beckham, who will miss the World Cup after his Achilles’ injury, is set to be also overtaken by Ronaldo with the Portuguese winger replacing as the face and body of Giorgio Armani this year.
Carlos Tevez is the highest-ranked Premier League player on £13.8million while Frank Lampard is in ninth place above No 14 John Terry. The Chelsea captain has a higher salary (£7.6million v £7.3million) but Lampard earned more from sponsorship even before the Vanessa Perroncel scandal broke.
Messi was still only the fourth highest earning sportsman last year behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and LeBron James. Beckham is seventh behind also Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.
There are no Englishmen in the top 20 best paid managers in the world. Mourinho tops the table ahead of Mancini although the Italian earned £7.2 of his £10.8million in a payoff from Inter Milan. Fabio Capello is again the highest paid international manager on £7.5million just ahead of Russia’s Guus Hiddink.
The France Football rich list:
Players (combines salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings)
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £29.6m
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy/Milan) £27.3m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £27m
4. Kaka (Real Madrid) £16.9m
5. Thierry Henry (Barcelona) £16.1m
6. Ronaldinho (AC Milan) £15.5m
7. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) £13.8m
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona) £13m
9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) £12.8m
10. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan) £12.4m
1. Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan) £11.7m
2. Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) £10.8m
3. Felipe Scolari (FC Bunyodkor) £8.5m
4. Jurgen Klinsmann (ex-Bayern Munich) £8.1m
5. Fabio Capello (England) £7.5m
6. Guus Hiddink (Russia) £7.1m
7. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) £6.5m
8. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) £5.8m
9. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) £5.7m
10. Louis Van Gaal (Bayern Munich) £5.4m