Ronaldinho tops the list of top earners

March 29, 2007
By Christina Settimi, Forbes.com
The world's most famous footballers -- soccer stars, in American parlance -- now make as much money as some of the biggest names in U.S. pro sports, buoyed by rising celebrity and global product endorsements. Earnings (salary plus endorsements) for the ten best-paid soccer players rose 20% last year.

Topping the list is Ronaldinho, two-time World Player of the Year, who pocketed $30 million, on par with the top earners in U.S. team sports: basketball's Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, ...

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