Pelé Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Pelé led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Sunday.

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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. 77-year-old Pelé 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 18/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Pelé 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 Sunday (December 17) that Pelé is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2016 and November 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 Brazilian 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 Pelé Burger” chain) in Brasília, a Football Team (the “Três Corações Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpelé - Brazil), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Pelé) and a fashion line called “Pelé Seduction”.

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

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