Soccer: Rising Stars and Salaries

Soccer's worldwide following has helped fill the coffers of European clubs, enabling them to pay top dollar for the best talents

Not only is the European soccer championship one of the biggest global sporting events, it also plays host to some of the best paid athletes in the world. From Spain's Fernando Torres to France's Thierry Henry, most of Europe's top players will be out to impress the more than 1 billion fans tuning in to the three-week tournament.

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