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Beckham Tops France Football’s Soccer Rich List Ahead of Messi

Soccer Player David Beckham
Soccer Player David Beckham said after signing for Paris Saint-Germain that his salary would be donated to a charity. Photographer: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

David Beckham is soccer’s best-paid player ahead of four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, according to France Football magazine’s 15th annual list of the sport’s top earners.

Beckham, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a five-month contract in January, will earn 36 million euros ($46.6 million) in 2012-13, of which 5 percent is made up from his salary, with the majority coming from other sources including endorsements, France Football said on its website. Beckham, 37, said after signing for PSG that his salary would be donated to a charity.

Messi’s income of 35 million euros includes 13 million euros in salary and bonuses, France Football said. The 25-year-old Argentine, who broke soccer’s calendar-year scoring record in 2012, extended his contract with Barcelona in December through June 2018.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, was third on France Football’s list with total income of 30 million euros, including 13.5 million from salary and bonuses.

Real’s Jose Mourinho is soccer’s best-paid coach, earning 14 million euros a year, according to France Football. PSG’s Carlo Ancelotti is second with 12 million euros ahead of fellow Italian Marcello Lippi, who was paid 11 million euros in salary and bonuses for coaching Guangzhou Evergrande to the 2012 Chinese Super League championship.

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