Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho – Richest in Football / Soccer

Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho are the highest paid player and manager in football, according to France Football magazine.

Barcelona’s two time world footballer of the year Messi’s income from his salary and publicity deals in 2011 amounted to 31 million euros, while Real Madrid boss Mourinho topped the manager’s rich list with an income of 13.5mn euros.

Messi’s income, while making him the top paid footballer in the world, still falls a long way short of Tiger Woods, who with a revenue of 53mn euros is the highest paid sportsman of them all.

Messi’s nearest rival in the footballer’s income stakes is Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo with 27.5mn euros, with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in third with 20.7mn euros.

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