Top 20 highest-paid football players 2012

By Zhang Junmian
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  Cristiano Ronaldo  克里斯蒂亚诺•罗纳尔多 

Cristiano Ronaldo [Photo / Xinhua]

 Rank 2012:3;Earnings 2011:€29.2m million

Rank 2011:2;Earnings 2010:€27.5 million

Date of Birth:Feb. 5, 1985


Club:Real Madrid

Marital Status:Single (Proposed to his girlfriend-Russian model Irina Shayk in Feb. 2011)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earned €29.2m million in 2011, including €13 million in annual salary and €15.5 million in advertising and other endorsements. Ronaldo, recognized as one of the best football players in the world, is best known for his incredible speed, powerful free-kicks, lightning fast feet and crossing ability. He currently plays as a winger for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and captains the Portuguese national team.

He won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, World Soccer Player of the Year in 2008, and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. In June 2009, Ronaldo was transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a deal worth £80 million (€96.8 million), known as one of the most expensive football transfers ever. He was the first player to win the FIFA Puskás Award in 2009, an honor presented by FIFA to the best goal of the year.

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