3 Most Popular Soccer Players

Who are the most popular soccer players in the world? The Forbes Celebrity 100 measures the popularity, influence and power of some of the most famous people in the world. The most up-to-date rankings at the time of writing run from May 2010 – May 2011, and a grand total of 3 footballers were featured in the list – plus one football club chairman.

This post picks out the details of those four influential figures from the Forbes Celebrity 100.

1. David Beckham

Coming in at number 35 on the overall Celebrity 100, Beckham finishes behind other legendary sports stars like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. His earnings last year were $40 million, whilst he ranked 39th, 69th, 11th, 16th and 26th in the money, TV/radio, press, social and web categories respectively. His major sponsorship deals are currently with Adidas and Samsung, becoming a global brand ambassador for the latter in May. As a footballer he barely needs any introduction, having been an England captain as well as a star player for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and LA Galaxy. Here’s a video containing a few of his finest football moments:

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo

His earnings for the last year were $38 million and he ranked 43 in the Celebrity 100. Despite being very unpopular with many people, he also has a huge fan base, totalling 25 million likes on Facebook and 3 million followers on Twitter. In fact, his number of Facebook fans is more than double that of any other athlete!┬áHis break-down rankings by Forbes were 44 in the money category, 84 in TV/radio, 4 in press, 5 in social and 24 in web. Here’s some clips of his best work:

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3. Lionel Messi

Messi earned $32 million from May 2010 – May 2011, half of which comes from ‘on the pitch’, putting him at number 56 on the money rankings. He finished number 62 on the Celebrity 100 and his break-down rankings were 88 in TV/radio, 9 in press, 22 in social and 48 in web. Named the greatest player in the World by FIFA in 2009 and 2010, Messi has reaped his reward off the field with sponsorship deals from the likes of Adidas, Pepsi, Konami and Dolce & Gabbana. Here are some great goals and skills by Messi:

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+ Elton John

Elton John earned a total of $100 million last year, ranking number 7 in the money list and number 5 in the overall rankings. He ranked 18 in TV/radio, 19 in press, 28 in web and 54 in social. Now of course Elton John is known for his music, having sold 250 million records in a phenomenal career spanning 30 years. But he has also been the chairman, president, director and owner of Watford Football Club at various points in the past- hence his appearance as a bonus on this soccer popularity list! Here’s a video of the man in action on the stage in Watford’s stadium, 2010:

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Thanks for reading and watching this post detailing the 3 most popular soccer players in the world at the moment. The information for this article about the influence, power and status of the famous people listed above was sourced from the Forbes Celebrity 100, and you can find the full rankings here.

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