Football’s 50 highest earners – well done, Darren Bent!

Ready to feel jealous fifty times over?

DARREN BENT

Fans of great lists: get your reading slippers on. A terrifyingly solemn Portuguese website called futebolfinance.com has compiled a list of the fifty highest earning European footballers. It being Portugal, the sums are in euros (and it being Portugal no one playing for a Portuguese club side is on the list), but with one euro worth about 76p, by subtracting a quarter of the sum, the all-important pound value will be revealed.

Once you’ve managed to control the powerful waves of envy and indignation crashing together inside your head, the list makes for some interesting reading. Who’d have thought Darren Bent was top twenty? How much higher would he have been if he’d gone to West Ham instead? And since when was a Harry Kewell worth more than a Joe Cole?

1. Ricardo Kaka €9.000.000

2. Ronaldinho Gaucho €8.520.000

3. Frank Lampard €8.160.000

4. John Terry €8.160.000

5. Fernando Torres €7.920.000

6. Andriy Shevchenko €7.800.000

7. Michael Ballack €7.800.000

8. Cristiano Ronaldo €7.680.000

9. Thierry Henry €7.680.000

10. Steven Gerrard €7.680.000

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11. Didier Drogba €7.380.000
12. Wayne Rooney €7.320.000
13. Iker Casillas €7.200.000
14. Michael Owen €6.720.000
15. Sol Campbell €6.600.000
16. Raul Gonzalez €6.420.000
17. Ruud Van Nistelrooy €6.420.000
18. Rio Ferdinand €6.060.000
19. Darren Bent €5.940.000
20. Carlos Tevez €5.880.000
21. Fabio Cannavaro €5.880.000
22. Luca Toni €5.520.000
23. Robinho €5.520.000
24. Francesco Totti €5.460.000
25. Arjen Robben €5.340.000
26. Ryan Giggs €5.220.000
27. Michael Essien €5.040.000
28. Adriano Lima €5.004.000
29. Zlatan Ibrahimovic €5.004.000
30. Patrick Vieira €5.004.000
31. Gianluigi Buffon €5.004.000
32. Samuel Eto´o €5.004.000
33. Charles Puyol €5.004.000
34. Sergio Aguero €5.004.000
35. Oliver Kahn €4.944.000
36. Edwin Vandersar €4.860.000
37. Fernando Morientes €4.860.000
38. Alessandro Del Piero €4.800.000
39. Harry Kewell €4.800.000
40. Djibril Cisse €4.800.000
41. Joe Cole €4.680.000
42. Pedro Pauleta €4.608.000
43. Juninho Pernanbucano €4.560.000
44. David Beckham €4.500.000
45. David Trezeguet €4.500.000
46. Sidney Govou €4.500.000
47. Deco €4.500.000
48. Gianluca Zambrotta €4.500.000
49. Petr Cech €4.320.000
50. Antonio Cassano €4.200.000

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