Michel Hidalgo Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Michel Hidalgo
Michel Hidalgo led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Monday.

It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 84-year-old Michel Hidalgo has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2017 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 12/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Michel Hidalgo 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 Monday (December 11) that Hidalgo is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between November 2016 and November 2017, a nearly $20 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-coach has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Hidalgo Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Leffrinckoucke Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderhidalgo - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Michel) and a fashion line called “Michel Hidalgo Seduction”.

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

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