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Top 10 Highest Paid Football Players of 2015

The list will take into account salary and sponsorship deals and is quoted in US dollars. I should also mention that Wayne Rooney is somewhere in this list (definitely), but I am still trying to track down details of his sponsorship deals, but at a guess he would make number 4 on the highest paid footballers 2011 list, thus knocking Steven Gerrard out of the top 10. Enjoy!

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid & Portugal

Net Earning: $79.6 M

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top football stars and he is the most liked footballer on the Social Media , he signed a huge money deal contract with worlds most richest football club (Real Madrid) . Ronaldo becomes third time player of the year in 2015

2. Lionel  Messi

Lionel Messi

Barcelona & Argentina

Net Earning: $73.8 M

Lionel Messi is now the world most expensive footballer he is currently playing with the team of Barcelona , he signed a new deal with Barcelona in 2014 which made the super star the most earning players of football history.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Net Earning: $39.1 M

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most powerful players consider in the French Ligue 1 , he is scoring goals played for the big clubs in the past . But PSG bought him on high amount transfer deal . His earnings increased he get some popular endorsement deals in 2015.

 

4.Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

 

Net Earning: $35 M

The Welshman had a mixed season with Real Madrid, and there is talk of him returning to Premier League. His poor displays in big games did not sit well with the Madrid fans also who booed him on various occasions. He could only manage 17 goals and 10 assists, much lesser than his 2013/14 season returns. But he has insisted that he wants to stay at Real Madrid and prove his critics wrong.

Bale, the world’s most expensive player ever signed, was #14 in the list last year and has dropped four places to #18. The 25-year-old earns $25.5m in salary and endorsements fetch him $9.5m.

He might not be as marketable as Neymar but he is still a regular fixture for Adidas, having inked a six-year contract in 2014 worth an estimated $35 million. He also has sponsorship deals with BT Sport and Lucozade. BT sport signed him on a three-year deal to be the face of the channel which includes commentary duties as well.

5.Neymar

Neymar

 

Net Earning: $31 M

Neymar is the new poster boy of Brazilian football. He had an amazing season at Barcelona, leading their attack along with Messi and Suarez, making it one of the deadliest attacking forces in modern football. They managed to score 122 goals between them with Neymar scoring 42.

His rankings dropped from #16 in 2014 to #23 in this year’s rankings. But one must remember that he is only just 23 years old and he is already one of the most valued brands in football. His on-field performances has also been spectacular this season.

Neymar star collects $14m a year from Barca, but tops that up with a further $17m from his various partnerships, including those with Red Bull, Panasonic, Unilever, Volkswagen, Konami, Beats by Dre and, of course, his long-standing relationship with Nike.

6.James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Net Earning: $29 M

A new entrant to the list, the Real Madrid man debuts at #27 in the rankings. He became a household name after an impressive display at the 2014 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot and also scoring some beautiful goals in the process. This helped him to land a $108m move to Real Madrid.

His salary is a whopping  $24.5m a year. And it did not go waste as he had an impressive season, scoring 17 goals and setting up another 15 as well.

7.Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Net Earning: $26.9 M

The Manchester United captain climbed from #43 to #34 this year. Wayne Rooney signed a contract extension with Manchester United in February 2014, which will see him stay at Old Trafford till 2019. This deal involves a basic wage of £250,000 a week, but with commercial rights making it more lucrative for the player, it could go up to £300,000. The deal will earn the 28-year-old Manchester United striker more than £70m over the next five-and-a-half years.

8.Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

Net Earning: $25.9 M

Falcao generated a lot of excitement among the Old Trafford faithful when he was signed, but he could not really live up to expectations due to injuries and a lack of confidence. The Colombian dropped from 15th in 2014 to 38th in this year’s rankings. The major reason for this could be a drop in salary from $32.4 million to $21.9 million.

9.Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Net Earning: $24.9 M

Though Manchester City did not win any trophies this season, the Argentine striker managed to finish top in the goalscorers chart with 26 goals. Aguero dropped one place down from 44 to 45 in this year’s ranking. He signed a £150,000-a-week contract at the beginning of the season which would extend his stay at Manchester City up to 2019.  His key endorsements include Puma with whom he has a boot deal that is worth £1.25 million a year. Other companies which have sponsorship deals with him include Pepsi, Gillette, Hugo Boss, Sony PlayStation and Samsung.

 

10.Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Net Earning: $21 M

Luis Suarez had a great debut season at Barcelona scoring 25 goals and setting up another 17 in 37 appearances. The Uruguayan is 73rd in the list moving up from #100 last year. One major reason for the surge could his move to Barcelona this season where he is earning $17 million-a-year. He received a total of $16.5 M as salary and winnings along the $4.5 M he earned through endorsements. Unlike 888poker who terminated his contract after the infamous biting incident at the World Cup, Adidas stood by him and remains to be one of their major endorsement partners. His current transfer market value is £43.5 Million. He is also regularly featured in Pepsi ads.

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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

10. Rugby

Rugby

10th most popular sport with around 370-400 million fans (France, England, New Zealand and South Africa mainly) Rugby is widely played In France and has a strong tradition in the Basque, Occitan, and Catalan people areas along the border regions between Spain and France. The game is very popular in South Africa, having been introduced by English-speaking settlers in the 19th century. British colonists also brought the game with them to Australia and New Zealand, where the game is widely played. It has spread thence to much of Polynesia, having particularly strong followings in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.

9. American football

 American football

9th most popular sport with around 390-410 million fans (US mainly) American football (known as football in the United States and gridiron in some other countries) is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide with goalposts at each end. The offense attempts to advance an oval ball (the football) down the field by running with or passing it. They must advance it at least ten yards in four downs to receive a new set of four downs and continue the drive; if not, they turn over the ball to the opposing team.

8. Baseball

Baseball

there are Around 500 million fans in US, Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic , making Baseball 8th Most Popular Sport in the World. Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players who take turns batting and fielding.

The offense attempts to score more runs than its opponents by hitting a ball thrown by the pitcher with a bat and moving counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third and home plate. A run is scored when the runner advances around the bases and returns to home plate.

7. Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Around 900 million fans from Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas makes Table Tennis 7th most popular sports in the world.

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.

6. Volleyball

Volleyball

with Around 900 million fans Across Asia, Europe, Americas, Australia Volleyball is the 6th Most Popular Sport in the World.

Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules.[1] It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.

5. Tennis

Compatriot Maria Kirilenko

at No 5 in This List is Tennis . with the Around 1 billion fans around the Europe, Americas, Asia.

Tennis is a sport that people usually play individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good return.

4. Hockey

Hockey

hockey [ field + Ice] is the 3rd Most Popular Sport on Earth With 2-2.2 billion fans in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia etc.

Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey is generally referred to simply as hockey. both forms of hockey a lot popular in the world. Field Hockey is the National game of Pakistan and India Also. at the other hand ICE HOCKEY is Lot More Popular in Europe specially in Canada, USA, Latvia and Sweden . Above Mentioned Number of Fans Are For The Both Forms Of Hockey.

3. Basketball

Basketball

with round about 2-3 billion fans US, Canada, chaina and philippine mainly, Basketball is the 3rd and last sport of our List.

One of Most Paying Sports: Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.0 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores two points for the shooting team if a player is touching or closer to the basket than the three-point line, and three points if the player is behind the three-point line. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Basketball is The 3rd Most Played and Watched Sport in the World.

2. Cricket

Cricket

Cricket is 2nd Most Popular Sport in the World with 2-3 billion fans (Across India, UK, Pakistan, Asia, Australia, etc. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.

Cricket Has Three Different Formats i.e . Test, ODIs and T20. after Introduction of T20 Format Popularity of Cricket Has Been Increased

1. Soccer

Soccer

at the top of the list is soccer with 3.3-3.5 billion fans all around the Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, etc.

Association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the football into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area.

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10 Cricketers Who Died During Matches

10. Wilf Slack

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Wilf Slack was an English cricketer who appeared in three Test matches and two One Day International matches for the national team of England back in 1986, until things came to a sudden halt due to his accidental death. On the 15th of January 1986, during a match in Banjul, The Gambia, 34 year old Slack collapsed and passed away. Coached in five English winters in New Zealand, Slack was quite popular among his fellow cricketers. After his death, his Wisden obituary responded, “He was particularly popular among fellow-cricketers, who spoke feelingly of their respect and sorrow when he died. He was mourned, too, in New Zealand, where he coached in five English winters. Slack was buried in his prized England blazer, bat at his side, and as the funeral cortege drove past Lord’s, the Grace Gates bore a sign reading Farewell Wilf’s.

Injuries are a part of every sport, and cricket is no different. While many of the injuries are self-inflicted, many happen in the hands of a fellow player. But it is beyond doubt that these are accidents that not only hurt the players but also scar the fellow players, whether it is a team-mate or an opponent. One can never be too careful, but at the same time, accidents cannot really be eliminated from sports.

9. Wasim Raja

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Pakistani cricketer Wasim Raja was a part of the national cricket team of Pakistan during the period 1973-1985, and participated in 57 Test matches and 54 ODI matches for Pakistan. Rameez Raja, an eminent player of the team and one of the best captains, was his brother. Wasim was married to an Englishwoman named Ann, with whom he settled in London. Wasim studied for a certificate in education from Durham University. After teaching at Caterham School in Surrey for some time, he assumed the position of the coach of Pakistan’s Under-19 team. He was also seen in a different avatar on the field when, from 2002 to 2004, he was the International Cricket Council match referee in 34 ODIs and 15 Tests. While playing in August 2006 in a match in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, in England, as a part of the Surrey over-50s side, he had a heart attack, and thus, breathed his last.

8. Richard Beaumont

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Richard Beaumont, 33-years old cricketer, suffered a suspected heart attack on the pitch at Pedmore Cricket Club, Stourbridge, on 5th August 2012. He was immediately airlifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital after he fell unconscious. Sadly, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital. Richard Beaumont took 5 wickets for just 31 runs from 12 overs from opponents Astwood Bank Cricket Club and then collapsed at 3.45 pm during the match. To remember Beaumont, local rivals took to social networking sites. On that occasion, Redditich Cricket Club stated, ‘Sad day for cricket the untimely death of Pedmore CC Cricketer Richard Beaumont, thoughts and prayers from all at Redditch Cricket Club.

7. Zulfiqar Bhatti

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Zulfiqar Bhatti was hit on the chest while batting during the Begum Khursheed Memorial T20 tournament in Sukkur, a district in Pakistan’s Sindh province. He was captained by his elder brother Ali Asad and struck on the chest while attempting a pull shot. He was immediately taken to a civil hospital and was put on ventilator but later, he was declared dead due to the impact on December 19, 2013. Districts cricket secretary Ayaz Mehmood stated, “It is sad news for us and everyone is shocked about his accidental death,” and also recorded, “The district administration has suspended sports activities throughout Sukkur district for three days as condolence.”

6. Ian Folley

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Ian Folley was a right-handed batsman and a left-arm bowler. The English cricketer was initially a medium-pacer and later moved to spin bowling. After coaching and mentoring from Jack Bond, he switched to spin bowling. Before all this, Folley started his career playing for Lancashire in 1982 as a seamer. He then took 129 wickets with a bowling average of less than 30 over the next two seasons. Folley was hit underneath the eye while batting for Whitehaven in a match against Workington. He was immediately taken to local hospital for a minor operation to repair his perforated eyeball. He suffered a heart attack and died while under anesthesia on 30 August 1993 at the age of just 30.

5. George Summers

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George Summers, born 21 June 1844, was an English cricketer who played his entire first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire. He was hit by a short delivery from fast bowler John Platts in a match against MCC at Lord’s in 1870. He seemed to recover after he was carried off the field and was not taken to hospital. He was going by train back to Nottingham. Four days later on 19 June 1870, George Summers died from his injury due to the impact of the ball. MCC paid for his gravestone and efforts were made to improve Lord’s pitch after George Summers’s death. The next batsman, Richard Daft, came out to the wicket with his head wrapped in a towel as a protest against what he saw as dangerous bowling.

4. Darryn Randall

Darryn-Randall

Darryn Randall played 4 first-class and 4 list-A games in 2009 for Border as a pupil at Stirling Primary and Selborne College in East London. He also ran a highly regarded cricket academy at Stirling Premier School. Darryn Randall tried to play a pull shot in a match between Old Selbornians and Fore Hare University. He fell on the crease after being hit by the rising delivery on the side of his head. He was immediately taken to a hospital and died on 27 October 2013. CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat while talking about the unfortunate event stated,  This is a very sad day, indeed. I would like to convey CSA’s deepest condolences on behalf of the South African cricketing family not just to his family and friends but also to all the players, umpires, clubs and everybody else who was present at this match.”

3. Abdul Aziz

Abdul Aziz was a wicket keeper and opening batsman who was born, in Karachi, Pakistan. He worked for the Pakistan State Bank and was a student at S. M. College. Abdul Aziz appeared in eight first-class matches for Karachi. He was struck over the heart by a slow off break from Dildwar Awan while he was batting against Pakistan Combined Services in the first-innings of the Quaid-e-Azam final. Aziz fell to the ground and never regained consciousness, when he had started to take stance for the next ball. He died en route to the hospital on 17 January 1959. With a footnote explaining he was hurt but had died because of the impact, Abdul Aziz is recorded as “absent” in the second innings of the match.

2. Raman Lamba

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Raman Lamba, an Indian batsman, played in four Tests and 32 One Day Internationals for Indian national cricket team. Besides playing on the Indian team, he also represented Ireland in unofficial One Day International matches. Raman Lamba was playing for Abahani Krira Chakra, Dhaka’s leading club, versus Mohammedan Sporting Club on 20 February 1998 in the final of the Premier Division cricket match at the Dhaka Bangabandhu Stadium, when he was hit by a cricket ball on the temple while fielding at forward short leg by Mehrab Hossain in a ball of left arm spinner Saifullah Khan. The shot made by Mehrab Hossain was so ferocious that the ball deflected from his head and was caught by the wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud. Due to this impact, Raman Lamba died on 23 February 1998.

1. Phillip Hughes

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Phillip Hughes was a left-handed opening batsman who was a member of Australian Test and One-Day International team. He played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire, and also appeared in two seasons with New South Wales. He debuted in Test cricket at the age of 20 in 2009. Phillip Hughes was knocked unconscious by a bouncer by Sean Abbott at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a Sheffield Shield match on 25 November 2014. The impact caused a vertebral artery dissection that led to a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Phillip Hughes was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and was in intensive care in a critical condition while he was placed into an induced coma. Phillip Hughes never regained consciousness and died on 27 November.

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Top 10 Most Extreme Sports in the World

10. Kite Skiing

 Kite Skiing

As if snow skiing is not exciting enough, some extreme sportsmen have invented kite skiing. It entails the use of a traction kite and a harness to pull a skier across the snow and into the air. While this is ideal in wide-open fields or frozen lakes, there are some who have taken the sport even further and have kite skied downhill along snow-covered mountainsides.

9.Highlining

Highlining

We have all seen the tightrope act in the circus. Some clown will cross a high and tightly taut wire while using a balancing pole with a net below to catch him in case he makes a misstep. In highlining, the wire is also located high up in the air.

But that is where the similarity ends, as in highlining, there are no balancing pole, no net to catch you in case you fall, and the wire is not stabilized and taut. Crossing a slack wire is infinitely more difficult than a tightly wound one, and combining that with the thought of the absence of a safety net, the danger level is increased exponentially.

8. Cave Diving

 Cave Diving

The famous Jacques Costeau pioneered this sport. It entails diving into underwater caves. And that is where the danger lies. In case your equipment fails, the cave makes it hard to make a quick ascent to the surface. Currents in underwater caves are also notoriously unpredictable. Visibility is also a problem because any wrong move will stir up sediments and cloud the view.

7. Volcano Surfing

Volcano Surfing

This sport entails climbing up a volcano, then surfing down its side by sliding using plywood boards. The boards are reinforced by steel, metal or Formica. You can do it while sitting down, though veterans of the sport can do it upright. It sounds easy enough, until you start hitting sharp volcano rocks.

6. Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Those who live in areas where the winter is fierce can try out ice climbing. It involves scaling formations of vertical ice, like frozen waterfalls and cliffs covered with ice. The old method used for the sport is step cutting, which entails chipping out ice with an icepick to create your own foothold.

The British was able to invent in the early 20th century a device called the cramp-on, which allowed the fastening of toothed claw to the climbing boots. This has since been the basis of all advancements made in the sport. Of course, the aim is to speed up the climbing time and minimize the chance of getting numb because of the cold.

5. Wingsuit Flying

Wingsuit Flying

Imagine flying off a tall structure like a superhero. Wingsuit flying entails jumping off a perch and gliding down to the ground while wearing wings. These suits have an estimated glide ratio of 2.5 meters for every meter of descent. Only those with at least 200 skydives are allowed to try this sport. It is that dangerous.

4. Free Soloing

Free Soloing

Rock climbing in itself is already a difficult sport. Imagine removing all the safety ropes, harnesses and other equipment that can aid you in case you slip up. That is what free soloing is all about. They need to be able to support their entire weight using just their fingertips and toe tips, while maintaining intense concentration lest they fall off. One tiny mistake and that’s it.

3. Tow-In Surfing

Tow-In Surfing

Surfers love to drop off from the highest of waves, some of which are as tall as skyscrapers. The problem is how to get and latch onto the waves in time, as the waves move so quickly that it is extremely difficult to paddle into them. With the invention of the Jet Ski, however, the problem seems to have been solved.

Surfing stars like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama can attest to the rush brought about by this technique. Of course, now that they are able to reach the top of the wave, they now face another problem of being thrown into sharp reefs or being held down underwater in case of a wipeout.

2. Base Jumping

Base Jumping

This is the most dangerous recreational sport in the world, with one death recorded for every 2,317 jumps. Jumpers throw themselves off one of the BASE structures, meaning from a building, antenna, span or bridge, and earth or cliffs. Parachutes are then deployed for a safe landing.

It is sort of similar to skydiving, only you will have a much shorter time of reacting in case a parachute fails. If the parachute does fail, death is almost a certainty.

1. Creeking

Creeking

This is whitewater kayaking taken to the limit. In the 1980s, as more durable kayaks were built, extreme kayakers thought of using their ride to plunge off high waterfalls. The adrenalin rush brought about by the plunge is further increased by the thought of hitting into jagged rocks or being sucked down below the water.

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