While not every soccer player who pulls down a ton of cash made it to the World Cup — Colombia’s Radamel Falcao missed the tournament with an injury; Welsh winger Gareth Bale plays for, go figure, Wales, which didn’t qualify; that same fate befell Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimović — most of the sport’s top earners were present and accounted for during the group stages.
These players, by the way, could make everyone but baseball players blush with how much cash they’re pulling in, and because of things like transfer fees and buyout clauses, procuring some of these guys could end up costing a club more than a billion euros (which, incidentally, is also more than a billion dollars). With a B. All income cited is courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth.
6. Yaya Touré, Ivory Coast: $21 million
Yaya Touré, one of the lone bright spots on the Ivory Coast team, pulls down a cool $18 million in salary while bringing in another $3 million in endorsements. His biggest personal sponsor relationship is with Puma.