i wish i could bend it like beckham

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    Makes our footy codes look like chicken sh!t.

    AFP - Manchester United's England captain David Beckham is world soccer's highest earner, according to France Football magazine.

    The magazine puts his earnings at 15 million euro ($A26.75 million) a year, one million more than Real Madrid's French star Zinedine Zidane.

    Brazil World Cup star Ronaldo, also of Real Madrid, was said to be on 11.7 million euro ($A20.87 million) a year.

    Fourth was United's England defender Rio Ferdinand on 9.62 million euros, followed by Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero on 9.55 million euros and, surprisingly, Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata, who plays for Italian side Parma, on 9.36 million euros.

    The magazine calculated earnings from salaries, bonuses, endorsements and image rights.

    It estimated Beckham was paid 6.6 million euro ($A11.77 million) in salary and 8.4 million euro ($A14.98 million) in endorsements.

    Beckham's off-field earnings made the difference with Zidane, who cost Real a world record 72.1 million euro ($A128.59 million) when they bought him from Juventus in 2001.

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