The World’s 24 Highest-Paid Soccer Stars

17. Cesc Fàbregas: Chelsea/Spain


Fàbregas has proven countless times to be absolutely clinical in regards to his skills as a passer. Plying his trade for giant clubs Arsenal, Barcelona, and now Chelsea, the Spanish International posses a deft touch on the ball. He routinely springs teammates free with clever crosses and cheeky deliveries. His brilliance on the pitch was rewarded with a fat contract. Fàbregas makes $13 million annually. When factoring in all of his incentives, the 30-year-old comes home with $18 million per year.

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16. Yaya Touré: Manchester City/Côte d’Ivoire


Yaya Touré has consistently been a dominating presence in the center of the park for both club and country. Though he possesses obvious gifts in the way of physicality and brute strength, Touré possesses a surprisingly good feel on weighted passes exploiting the final third. A complete box-to-box midfielder, Man City obviously appreciates his contributions to the side. Touré slightly edges out Fàbregas in salary ($15.1 million) and annual earnings ($18.1 million).

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