Meet the world’s richest footballers

Goal.com released its annual list of the world’s richest footballers from all leagues for the year 2015.

Here is the list of the top ten as released a fortnight ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, according to the 2015 annual chart of the game’s wealthiest active players.

The Real Madrid star had topped the list in 2014. His fortune is as a result of bonuses, endorsements, commercial deals and also the sum he received from winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or. He is worth £152.3

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Cristiano Ronaldo Image courtesy of Express.co.uk

Lionel Messi with an overall personal wealth of  is £145m place second. He continues to generate huge amounts off the field through both commercial tie-ins and property moves, which have seen him build up an extensive portfolio.

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Lionel Messi – Image courtesy of op-5.no

Neymar comes in at number three, he’s still benefitting from a huge chunk paid for the forward’s transfer from Santos in 2013. He is worth £97.9m

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Neymar – Image courtesy of sites.duke.edu

Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in fourth and is worth  £76.1m

Manchester United and England striker  Wayne Rooney is estimated at  £74.6m comes at number five.

Brazilian star Kaka, about to start his career with Orlando City in Major League Soccer, is sixth in the rankings on £69.6m.

Samuel Eto’o the only African footballer at the top ten is worth £63.1m is placed at number seven.

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Samuel Etto – Image courtesy of www.taringa.net

Spanish footballer Raul Gonzales comes in at number eight and is worth £61.6m

Ronaldinho the Brazilian footballer is placed at number nine and is worth £60.2m.

Former England midfielder Frank Lampard, currently playing for Manchester City ahead of his move to New York City in the MLS, is placed at number ten with a personal fortune of £58m.

 

Qatar World Cup should be played in winter – FIFA boss

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has again indicated that the 2022 World Cup should be played in winter to avoid the blazing summer heat in Qatar.

“I think it has also been confirmed by other members of the executive committee that the World Cup would be played in winter,” he said in an interview with France-Info radio on Wednesday.

“Which part of the winter? Would it be the start of the year 2022 or the end? There is a task force which will meet in Doha in a few weeks to discuss this and then in March the FIFA executive committee should take a final decision on which period and the exact dates.”

He added: “The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is concerned over (a clash with) the 2022 Winter Olympics and we will take that into account. We will listen to the leagues, the clubs, the players, the medical commission, the whole world of football, but it is seven years away and we can live with that (a winter World Cup).”

The main objection to playing the tournament in high summer is that temperatures in the Gulf state frequently soar in the high 40s Celsius, making playing conditions difficult and raising health concerns.

In November, Valcke set up a working group to examine the question and spoke of two options, January to February and November to December, but said he had also asked FIFA to examine the possibility of the tournament going ahead in May 2022.

Last month, the European Clubs Association and European Professional Football Leagues indicated a strong preference for playing the World Cup from May to June 2022.

On Tuesday, a report by the Council of Europe called on FIFA to revote on the “radically flawed” decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Damaging revelations concerning the bidding process mean that “FIFA cannot evade the obligation to hold a new vote,” according to the draft resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010, both the country and FIFA have been dogged by controversy.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, however, insisted last month “it would really need an earthquake” to go back on the decision.

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Meet the world’s “bendiest” woman

Zlata,also known as the world’s bendiest woman, contorts herself in her 2015 calender.

The Russian bombshell forces her lithe body into the most extreme poses possible while wearing a skin-tight gold jumpsuit.

The 28-year-old former gymnast  lives in Germany, where she practices every day to maintain her flexibility.

The 5ft 8in beauty said: “I wish my fans, contortion fans and all the contortionists around the world a lovely Christmas time.

“Stay faithful to me next year and I will have many more surprises for you.”

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The world’s poorest president

Uruguay President Jose Mujica , happens to be the worlds’s poorest president.  The only asset he owns is an old 1987 Volkswagen Bettle , of which he has been offered $1 million by an arab tycoon.

He says that if he sells it he will donate the money to a government housing project.

Unlike others who live in palaces and huge mansions he lives in a run-down one-bedroom house he has shared with his wife of more than 30 years and his lifestyle is a far cry from other world leaders.

Jose Mujica, reportedly earns around $12,000 an equivalent of sh 1 million  a year of which he  donates 90 per cent of it to charity.

He  is far from wealthy, but he is rich in many other ways. The popular leader not only legalised gay marriage, abortion and marijuana, but unlike most politicians seems widely liked by his own people and many others.

He uses the public hospital and queues as he waits for his turn to  be attended to.

 

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Jose’s 1987 Volkswagen

 

 

 

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Jose Mujica awaiting his turn for treatment at a public hospital.