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The best in football

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, June 13, 2014

THE minimum wage in the country is $2 per hour.

Wayne Rooney earns that much in a second!

Yes, the Manchester United and England hitman is one of the highest earning footballers in the 2014 FIFA World Cup which kicked off this morning in Brazil.

According to United Kingdom tabloid Daily Mail, Rooney earns $F925,006 (£300,000) before tax in a week!

Leave his lucrative deal with top brands such as Nike which makes his net worth estimated to be in excess of $F185 millions (£60million).

Second on the list is Argentine Lionel Messi, who plays for Spanish giants Barcelona, earns $F900, 540 (£292,000) per week.

The world's best footballer may well be the highest earner as the gigantic $F900, 540 per week earnings is after tax. He endorses seven international brands including Adidas.

Messi was earlier named the most valuable footballer and is worth about $F541.8m.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who endorses the most number of brands, earns $F892,829 after tax per week with Real Madrid.

He is expected to sign a new deal with the Champions League title holders after the World Cup which will make him the highest earner once again.

Netherlands' Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) is on fourth, earning $F775,077 while Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure (Manchester City) is on fifth spot reaping $F713,003 a week.

The remaining five in the top 10 earners list are: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City) - $F679,241, Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Liverpool) - $F679,241, David Silva (Spain/Manchester City) - $F617,543, Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea) - $F571,345, Fernando Torres (Spain/Chelsea) — $F540,470.

That's the players.

In another report, Daily Mail disclosed the salaries of the coaches in the World Cup.

Fabio Capello, former England manager, now in charge of the Russian national team collects $F20.5m annually.

England's Roy Hodgson is on second and receives a bit more than $F10.7m while Cesare Prandelli of Italy is paid about $F7.9m annually.

Host and football giants Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is on fourth in the list earning $F7.2m while Switzerland's Ottmar Hitzfeld is ranked fifth on $F6.8m.

Germany's Joachim Low earns about $F6.6m, Spain's Vicente Del Bosque $F6.2m while Holland's Louis van Gaal receives about $F5m.

Van Gaal, who is set to join English outfit Manchester United, is expected to earn more than $F20m a season with the club.

Mexico's Miguel Herrera is the lowest paid coach on $F382,000 per year. Australia's Ange Postecoglou is ranked on 16th and rakes in $F2.5m.

In total, the 32 coaches' salary is slightly more than $F119.5m with an average of $F3.7m.


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