Roberto Baggio Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Roberto Baggio
Roberto Baggio led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Saturday.

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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. 50-year-old Roberto Baggio has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2017 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/09/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Roberto Baggio tops annual list of highest-paid footballers

In 2015 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (September 23) that Baggio is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between August 2016 and August 2017, 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 Italian 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 Baggio Burger” chain) in Rome, a Football Team (the “Caldogno Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbaggio - Italy), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Roberto) and a fashion line called “Roberto Baggio Seduction”.

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

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