As published to day in the ‘L’équipe magazine’, we publish their findings of which French footballers lie in their top 50 richest French sportsmen of the moment. Some surprises are certainly included! Here is the comprehensive list omitting non-footballing sports personalities:
1) Karim Benzema: €13m (Real Madrid):
Often the leading figure in the French national team attack (rightly or wrongly) Karim Benzema owes his wealth to a string of sponsorship contracts, including personal ones with EA, Adidas, Hyundai and Buzz Mobile.
3) Franck Ribery: €11.5m (Bayern Munich):
Ribery has accumulated his vast wealth over a relatively long period of time, and has dropped 2 places off the top spot from last year’s rankings. He is the highest paid foreigner in the Bundesliga and his sponsors including the likes of Nike.
4) Nicolas Anelka: €11m (Juventus):
A man who has shot up 12 places in L’Equipe’s sports rich list this year, mainly down to the lucrative contract he secured during his time with Shanghai Shenhua (€933,000 a month). His wealth has reportedly increased by a massive €5.9m this year.
6) Samir Nasri: €10.5m (Manchester City):
He remains in the position he inhabited last year in these rankings, despite a €3.2m increase in his wealth on last year. He has been capitalising on the wages he has received at Manchester City, reportedly double of what he earned at former employers Arsenal.
7) Thierry Henry: €9.4m (New York Red Bulls):
Down 3 places on last year, one can only assume excessive spending and/or investment has caused the small increase of just €2ook on his overall earnings. He still receives €4.34m a year as a New York Red Bulls man. Henry has a whole host of sponsors, including Puma.
9) Yoann Gourcuff: €6.7m (Lyon):
The highest ranked French footballer playing in Ligue 1, he receives a yearly salary of around €475k. One has to say Gourcuff has done reasonably well for himself, considering the small amount of playing time he has had this season. He has a lucrative sponsorship deal with Adidas too.
10) Patrice Evra: €6.4m (Manchester United):
After a wage hike on his latest contract extension, Evra remains in 10th position in these rankings as of last year. On a yearly salary of around €500k after tax, the Frenchman has been able to profit from the relatively weak Euro in comparison with the English pound over the past year.
The remaining footballers making the top 50 are as follows:
11) Philippe Mexes: €6.2m (AC Milan)
13) Gael Clichy: €6.1m (Manchester City)
14) Florent Malouda: €5.7m (Chelsea)
15) Lassana Diarra: €5.6m (Anzhi)
17) Hugo Lloris: €5.2m (Tottenham)
18) William Gallas: €4.8m (Tottenham)
20) Mathieu Flamini: €4.6m (AC Milan)
20) Mamadou Sakho: €4.6m (PSG)
22) Hatem Ben Arfa: €4.4m (Newcastle)
23) Alou Diarra: €4.3m (West Ham United)
23) Andre-Pierre Gignac: €4.3m (Marseille)
23) Jeremy Toulalan: €4.3m (Malaga)
23) Mathieu Valbuena: €4.3m (Marseille)
27) Yohan Cabaye: €4.2m (Newcastle)
27) Abou Diaby: €4.2m (Arsenal)
27) Jeremy Menez: €4.2m (PSG)
30) Dijbril Cisse: €4.1m (QPR)
30) Bafetimbi Gomis: €4.1m (Lyon)
32) Eric Abidal: €4m (Barcelona)
33) Kevin Gameiro: €3.9m (PSG)
33) Raphael Varane: €3.9m (Real Madrid)
35) Younes Kaboul: €3.8m (Tottenham)
35) Steve Mandanda: €3.8m (Marseille)
37) Sylvain Distin: €3.6m (Everton)
37) Bacary Sagna: €3.6m (Arsenal)
39) Blaise Matuidi: €3.5m (PSG)
40) Charles N’Zogbia: €3.3m (Aston Villa)
41) Laurent Koscielny: €3.2m (Arsenal)
41) Adil Rami: €3.2m (Valencia)
41) Anthony Reveillere: €3.2m (Lyon)
44) Loic Remy: €3.1m (QPR)
45) Benoit Cheyrou: €3m (Marseille)
46) Louis Saha: €2.9m (Lazio)
46) Sebastien Squillaci: €2.9m (Arsenal)
48) Jimmy Briand: €2.8m (Lyon)
48) Olivier Giroud €2.8m (Arsenal)