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The 10 highest paid footballers in the world back in 2007

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There are many people who feel that footballers earn too much money - and you can understand that point of view.

The average salary in the United Kingdom is reportedly £26,500 a year but many people earn a lot less than this.

Most Premier League footballers, however, earn more than that figure in a single week.

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But without footballers, there would be no football. They are the stars of the show and if they weren’t pocketing a significant portion of the money floating around in football, where would it go?

Footballers also have short careers. Very few play into their late 30s these days while one serious injury can mean a career is cut short. It’s hard to blame them if they choose to chase the money.

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The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo earn an absolute fortune.

The latter recently put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Real Madrid and now takes home an eye-watering £365,000 a week.

Top 10 highest earning players back in 2007

But who were the top 10 highest earning players back in 2007?

Thanks to this article to Forbes, we’re able to tell you.

10. Steven Gerrard

Earnings (per year): £7.7 million

Steven Gerrard was widely regarded as one of the world’s best central midfielders at the time and Liverpool paid him the big bucks to keep him at Anfield.

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: PSV Eindhoven v Liverpool

9. John Terry

Earnings (per year): £7.7 million

Arguably the best central defender on the planet in 2007, Chelsea captain John Terry was being handsomely rewarded for his talismanic performances.

Chelsea v Manchester City

8. Fabio Cannavaro

Earnings (per year): £7.9 million

Fabio Cannavaro was snapped up by Real Madrid after inspiring Italy to World Cup glory in 2006. His performances in Germany earned him the Ballon d’Or that year.

Real Madrid v Mallorca

7. Zinedine Zidane

Earnings (per year): £8.5 million

Zinedine Zidane may have retired the previous summer - after ending his career in disgrace with *that* infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final - but he was still making a tidy yearly wage from endorsements.

Real Madrid's French Zinedine Zidane tra

6. Thierry Henry

Earnings (per year): £8.6 million

Thierry Henry was the third-highest paid player in the Premier League in the first half of 2007. In the summer he would move to Barcelona.

Arsenal's Captain, Thierry Henry gesture

5. Michael Ballack

Earnings (per year): £9.1 million

Chelsea paid Michael Ballack £9.1 million a year to lure him from Bayern Munich in 2006.

Chelsea's German midfielder Michael Ball

4. Wayne Rooney

Earnings (per year): £9.3 million

Wayne Rooney was earning considerably more than his Manchester United teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, at the time.

Manchester United's English forward Wayn

3. Ronaldo

Earnings (per year): £12.7 million

His weekly wage at AC Milan, plus his endorsements, meant the original Ronaldo was the third highest-paid player on the planet in 2007.

AC Milan's forward Ronaldo of Brazil (C)

2. David Beckham

Earnings (per year): £15.8 million

David Beckham had just reached an agreement with LA Galaxy but was still with Real Madrid at the time. The only surprise is that another player was earning slightly more than him in 2007.

Real Madrid v Mallorca

1. Ronaldinho

Earnings (per year): £16 million

And that player was arguably the world’s best player at the time, Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian maestro was at the peak of his powers in 2007 and would entertain the world on a weekly basis with his remarkable ability.

Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga

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