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Ronaldinho overtakes Beckham

Paris: Brazilian Ronaldinho has overtaken David Beckham as the world’s highest-paid player, according to a French soccer magazine.

England and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, who has topped the list for the last three years, is now second behind the Barcelona forward and Fifa World Player of the Year.

Ronaldinho enjoyed an annual revenue of 23 million euros ($28.47 million), said the magazine, and Beckham follows with a total of 18 million, down from 25 million the previous year.

Brazil and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is in third place, having pocketed 17.4 million euros, while England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is fourth with an income of 16.1 million euros.

The magazine also published a top-10 list for managers and coaches, headed by Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho on 10.9 million euros. England’s Sven-Goran Eriksson follows with 6.9 million.

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