Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Soccer: Class, flair and money…

When it comes to class, flair and elegance nothing captures more skill than the game of Soccer. And with the 2006 Soccer World Cup just around the corner, spectators across the globe are already waiting in anticipation to watch the biggest tournament in the beautiful game.

Living a life of luxury and glamour you’d sure want to earn a professional soccer players salary. So this week we take a look at some of the greatest stars in the 2006 Soccer World Cup and what they’re worth when it comes to salaries and transfer fees. You too could earn a healthy some of wealth with Golden Riviera…all you need to do is play!

David Beckham - Paid 32 Million dollars a year!

David Beckham is the most marketable professional soccer player and earns 13.7 million dollars a year just from advertising endorsements alone. When the midfielder transferred from Manchester United (England) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2003, the fees reached an astounding 32.5 million dollars. A weekend after Beckham’s signing; his Real Madrid football shirt sales went through the roof, providing the club with so much profit that the amount made from sales covered all Beckham’s transfer fees. Millions of British fans will be hoping for Beckham to conquer the world in this year’s World Cup with his brilliant ability to curve the ball from any angle into any direction.

Ronaldo – Paid 23 Million dollars a year!

His been nicknames “The Phenomenon” and elegantly presents the pitch with speed and a vigorous scoring instinct. When Ronaldo transferred from Inter Milan (Italy) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2002, the fees reached a massive 53.7 million dollars. He’s been named the FIFA World player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002. Brazil will be hoping to retain the title in this year’s tournament, depending on the performance of their No.1 striker.

Zinedine Zidane - Paid 21 million dollars a year!

Zidane is often considered to be among the best footballers in the world still playing, and some might argue that Zidane is one of the most talented players of all time. He came back from retirement in 2005; and was reinstated as the captain of the French national team. When Zidane transferred from Juventus (Italy) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2001, the fees reached a record of 103 million dollars! FIFA also named the midfielder World player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Ronaldinho - Paid 28.47 million dollars a year!

The attacking midfielder possesses all the flair speed and luck any soccer player could ever wish for. He’s been named the FIFA World player of the year twice as well as European player of the year. When Ronaldinho transferred from Paris SG (France) to Barcelona (Spain) in 2001, the fees reached an unbelievable 40 million dollars. Ronaldinho, the captain of Brazil is definitely one of the players to be watched during the 2006 Soccer World Cup, he’s electrifying display of skill should definitely not to be missed.

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