WHO’S BEST | David Beckham vs Cristiano Ronaldo free kicks (Video)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has gone past England soccer legend David Beckham to become the richest footballer in the world with earnings of 122 million pounds. Beckham, who was last year’s richest with 165 million Pounds, was not considered for the annual Goal Rich List after his retirement.Portuguese forward and FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo signed a new 76 million-Pound deal with Real Madrid last year and also boasts of a lucrative Nike sponsorship deal. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi finds himself in second place with 120.5 million Pounds, his ad deals for Adidas and Turkish Airlines being one of the reasons for the wealth.Beckham was a great player, played on some good teams and won a fair few trophies. He captained England for a long stretch and picked up loads of caps.

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Interestingly, England player Wayne Rooney, at fourth, is the only one from his country to make the list after he signed a 300,000 Pounds-per-week deal with Manchester United. Rooney has sponsorship deals worth 1.8 million Pounds a year, which includes contracts with Samsung and Nike. His wife Coleen has a successful jewellery and clothing business.

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