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Fabregas joins top earners

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Fabregas and Messi are raking it in. (©PAphotos)
Fabregas and Messi are raking it in. (©PAphotos).

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has turned his back on Nike in order to sign a lucrative £16 million boot deal with sportswear giant Puma.

The former Arsenal captain has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and has already been spotted watching his new Puma PowerCat 1.12 footwear.

At £3.2 million-a-year, the 24-year-old now has one of the biggest boot deals in history and joins a stable of stars including the likes of Thierry Henry, Nemanja Vidic, Samuel Eto’o and Mario Gomez.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero - who is on a reported £1.25 million-a-year - was also recently unveiled by Puma but the capture of Fabregas is an even greater coup.

After this announcement, GMF has decided to take a look at football's other top-earners when it comes to boot sponsorship deals...

David Beckham, Adidas (£7 million-a-year)

David Beckham will forever by synonymous with Adidas, having signed his first deal with the sportswear manufacturers early on in his playing career.

The former England captain still wears operates in Adidas predators and has a unique deal in which he gets a cut of every boot sold.

Beckham also takes a percentage from the sale of clothing and shinpads he personally endorses.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike (£5 million-a-year)

Cristiano Ronaldo signed a whopping £20 million deal with Nike in 2010, and stands to rake in £5 million-a-year.

The Real Madrid forward is an advocate of Nike's Mercurial range and netted an incredible 53 times last season - including 25 times with his right boot and nine with his left.




 

Lionel Messi, Adidas (£2 million-a-year)

Despite being awarded the Ballon d'Or in consecutive seasons, Lionel Messi fails to boast the world's most lucrative boot contract.

This week the 24-year-old moved into joint second in Barcelona's all-time scoring charts and does the business in Adidas F50s.

Wayne Rooney, Nike (£1 million-a-year)

Wayne Rooney picks up a relatively paltry £1 million-a-year for wearing the Nike Total 90 Laser III but, should he continue his current form, the 25-year-old could be in a strong bargaining position.

The Manchester United hotshot has netted 11 times for club and country this season, and is likely to rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when it comes to end-of-season accolades.

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