Will Soccer Paychecks Fall?

The top players earn dizzying sums, but their paychecks lag those of their peers in U.S. baseball and footballand now there's talk of salary caps

Call them the sultans of soccer. They are the top-paid players in the sport: a contingent led by Brazilian sensation Ronaldinho, who last season took in nearly $12 million in salary and bonus from his employer, the Spanish club Barcelona. But even that figure pales next to the more than $15 million he pocketed from licensing and image rights deals along with myriad endorsement contracts, including those with Nike (NKE), Siemens (SI), Chevron (CVX) ,and Unilever (UN). Little wonder the 26-year-old forward can't seem to wipe that smile off his face.

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