Olivier Giroud Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Thursday.

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It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 28-year-old Olivier Giroud has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2014 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/10/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Olivier Giroud tops annual list of highest-paid footballers

In 2012 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (October 23) that Giroud is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between September 2013 and September 2014, a nearly $50 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The French footballer has an estimated net worth of $245 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Giroud Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Chambéry Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondergiroud - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Olivier) and a fashion line called “Olivier Giroud Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Olivier fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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