[MONEY MATTERS] On Day 2 since Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he did not celebrate the two goals he scored for Real Madrid Sunday against Granada because he was unhappy, he admitted he is still "feeling sad'' at Real Madrid but denied it was over money. Nonetheless, CR7 ranks only 10th in world in terms of annual net annual salary and makes exactly one-half what Samuel Eto'o, the world's highest-paid player, earns.
Net salary is important because it is the norm in the international soccer world for clubs to pay players' income taxes. And clubs in countries with high rates for income taxes and social security benefits find themselves at a disadvantage in terms of attracting top players.
Spain addressed the issue with the implementation of the Beckham Law in 2005, giving tax breaks for high-paid foreign workers.
But changes in Spanish tax laws abolishing those tax breaks mean Real Madrid will find it very difficult to help Ronaldo climb the salary ladder when his contract expires in June 2015.
PLAYER CLUB NET ANNUAL SALARY
1. Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala) $25 million
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St. Germain) $18 million
3. Wayne Rooney(Manchester United) $17 million
4. Ya-Ya Toure(Manchester City) $16.4 million
5. Sergio Aguero(Manchester City) $15.7 million
6. Didier Drogba(Shanghai Shenhua) $15 million
7. Fernando Torres(Chelsea) $13.6 million
8. Dario Conca(Guangzhou Evergrande) $13.3 million
9. Lionel Messi(Barcelona) $13.3 million
10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) $12.5 million