According to some, football is a simple game of 11 versus 11 chasing a spherical object across a field. For many, it is a shame that this isn’t the case. It instils passion as well as a fierce allegiance to a particular team or club.
Millions across the globe swear their loyalty which at times can take on an almost tribal effect. Yet recently, football has become a stats game with in depth analysis of players including their dietary habits.
Yet there is no specific theory or formula as far as the beautiful game is concerned. Football is simply about scoring more than the opposition. Fans are mesmerized by their favourite players including goalkeepers and of course legendary strikers. As Arsene Wenger so deftly put it, “We live in a society of opinions.” And that is exactly the scenario we have when it comes to naming our top strikers of all time.
Everyone will have their favourites for a number of different reasons. However, it is the ones that have made a significant impact on the game that will never be forgotten. There are many strikers who live long in our memories such as former Manchester United player Bobby Charlton with his sweet left foot.
On the other hand, there is also Hungarian Ferenc Puskas, Alberto di Stefano, Gerd Muller and Portuguese forward Eusebio. These particular individuals lit up stadiums across the world with their scoring prowess.
Then there’s the Gallic flair of Thierry Henry not to mention current trend setters Diego Costa of Chelsea and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
The difference between these players is the gulf in wealth and the pots of money swirling around today’s game. From sponsorship deals to signing fees here are the top 20 goal machines who have struck gold on and off the field.
20 Danny Welbeck; $12 million
19 Karim Benzema; $15 million
18 Carlos Tevez; $16.6 million
17 Emmanuel Adebayor; $17 million
16 Fernando Torres; $20 million
15 Sergio Aguero; $21 million
14 Radamel Falcao $26 million
13 Robin van Persie; $29 million
12 Robbie Keane; $35 million
11 Didier Drogba; $40 million
10 Robinho; $50 million
9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; $70 million
8 Samuel Eto’o; €85 million
7 Wayne Rooney; $90 million
6 Thierry Henry; $92 million
5 Kaka; $95 million
4 Ronaldinho; $100 million
3 Neymar; $104 million
2 Lionel Messi; $180 million
1 Cristiano Ronaldo; $250 million
The greatest player on the planet of the moment tops the charts with a magnificent quarter of a billion dollars earned so far. Having started off at Sporting Lisbon, a fresh faced Ronaldo then moved to Manchester United. It was under the helm of Sir Alex Ferguson where his talent took off after a string of incredible performances. This caught the eye of Real Madrid who at the time paid a world record transfer fee in the region of $125 million. After settling in to a side which now includes Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo is flying high in the fiscal charts. This is largely in part down to a sensational $209 million contract with Los Blancos until 2018. Portugal is also paying for his services featuring a $22 million annual contract. This is added to his lucrative sponsorship deals with several high end brands such as Armani, Jacob and Co, Castrol Edge and KFC. The Portuguese player even has his own range of clothing entitled CR7. Ronaldo has a penchant for luxury cars and is known to have the top down on his Lamborghini Aventador or Bugatti Veyron.
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