Will Soccer Paychecks Fall?
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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