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Top Ten Most Expensive Footballers On The Planet

Brazilian sports business consultants – Pluri Consultoria – have this week published online a list of world football’s most valuable player (MVP).

Its no real surprise that the top three are the three players contending Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. Further down the list Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United’s Nani makes an appearance, while the highest value Premier League player is Wayne Rooney.

In today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the top ten most expensive footballers on the planet, according to Pluri Consultoria..

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona | €140 million)

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid | €96.6 million)

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3. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona | €68.4 million)

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4. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United | €60.2 million)

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5. Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid | €56.1 million)

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6. Neymar (Santos | €55 million)

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7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City | €53.7 million)

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8. Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona | €51 million)

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8. David Silva (Manchester City | €51 million)

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10. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid | €44 million)

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Rest of the list.. 

11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea | €43.7 million)
12. Angel Di María (Real Madrid| €43.6 million)
13. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid | €42.5 million)
14. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain | €40.5 million)
15. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona | €40 million)
16. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona | €39.5 million)
17. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg | €39.4 million)
18. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur | €39 million)
18. Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich | €39 million)
20. Juan Mata (Chelsea | €38.7 million)
21. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid | €38.5 million)
21. Robin Van Persie (Manchester United | €38.5 million)
23. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich | €38 million)
23. Luka Modric (Real Madrid | €38 million)
25. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain | €37.3 million)
26. Nani (Manchester United | €35.9 million)
27. Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona | €35.5 million)
27. Edinson Cavani (Napoli | €35.5 million)
27. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City | €35.5 million)
30. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid | €34.6 million)
31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich | €34.5 million)
32. Yaya Toure (Manchester City | €34 million)
33. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich | €33.8 million)
34. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City | €33.5 million)
35. Oscar (Chelsea | €33.1 million)
36. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-German | €32.6 million)
37. Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma | €32.5 million)
37. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund | €32.5 million)
39. Ramires (Chelsea | €32 million)
40. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City | €31.7 million)
41. Luis Suarez (Liverpool | €31.5 million)
41. Marcelo (Real Madrid | €31.5 million)
41. Xavi (Barcelona | €31.5 million)
44. Fernando Llorente (Atletic Bilbao | €31 million)
45. Fernando Torres (Chelsea | €30.6 million)
46. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain | €30.5 million)
47. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain | €30.2 million)
47. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid | €30.2 million)
49. Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg | €29.5 million)
50. Dani Alves (Barcelona | €29 million)
51. Arturo Vidal (Juventus | €28.5 million)
52. Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich | €28.5 million)
53. Pepe (Real Madrid | €28.3 million)
54. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus | 28 million)
54. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan | €28 million)
54. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona | €28 million)
54. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund | €28 million)
54. Pedro (Barcelona | €28 million)
59. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund | €27.5 million)
60. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid | €27.5 million)

Top Ten Best-Paid Managers In The World

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Brazilian sports business consultants – Pluri Consultoria – have this week published online a list of the best-paid football managers in the world, by annual salary.

There is no surprise who heads the pack but there are some interesting names on the list. Here at IntoTheTopCorner, we have a look at the top ten managers from that rich list…

10. ROBERTO MANCINI (MANCHESTER CITY | €5.9 MILLION)

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When you are managing a club owned by oil-rich owners you are expected to be earning a huge annual salary and it’s no surprise to see the current Manchester City manager on the list, perhaps that he is tenth on the list is a bit surprising. The former Inter and Lazio boss has won the FA Cup and the Premier League during his time at Eastlands and is at the helm of Europe’s few undefeated teams in the league this season.

9. JOSE CAMACHO (CHINA | €5.9 MILLION)

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In order to catch up with the Asian heavyweights like Japan and South Korea, the rich Chinese FA searched in many parts of Europe – mainly the Netherlands, Germany and Spain – for an experienced coach, and appointed Jose Camacho. The former Spain and Real Madrid coach was given the job with objective of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Despite his huge annual paycheck the Spaniard failed and is now preparing for next year’s Asian Cup.

8. TITO VILANOVA (BARCELONA | €7 MILLION)

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Taking over at Barcelona is not an easy job especially from the club’s most successful manager in history – Pep Guardiola. However, the former assistant is justifying his millions in his first top-flight job and currently has a win rate of 86%, which is more than his predecessor. The Catalan giants are 11 points clear of Real Madrid in the league and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

7. FABIO CAPELLO (RUSSIA | €7.8 MILLION)

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A CV boasting of five Serie A titles, one Champions League and two La Liga titles, it’s no surprise that the Italian is the best-paid international manager in the world during his current tenure as Russia coach. His current salary is a slight increase than what he earned during his time as England coach, where his contributions were a bit disappointing. However, the Russians under Capello are undefeated with five win in seven games and are at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.

6. GUUS HIDDINK (ANZHI MAKHACHKALA | €8.3 MILLION)

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Like Capello, the Dutchman has also enjoed a long and successful managerial career at club and international level. After failing to qualify for Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine with Turkey, Hiddink joined the Russian moneybags earlier this year. With Anzhi second in the Russian Premier League, the former Chelsea boss has announced that his current annual paycheck will be the last one as he will be retiring at the end of the season.

5. ARSENE WENGER (ARSENAL | €9.3 MILLION)

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With his intelligent spending, innovative training techniques and brilliant ability to develop youngsters, the Frenchman might be the cleverest manager in the game and he gets very well paid for that. Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and 15 consecutive seasons of Champions League football since taking over at Arsenal in 1996. Yet his willingness to sell Arsenal’s best players has been identified as a major flaw by the fans. With the Gunners virtually out of the title race, Wenger’s days may be numbered if his team fails to finish in the top four.

4. SIR ALEX FERGUSON (MANCHESTER UNITED | €9.4 MILLION)

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The Scot has been at the same job – Manchester United – for over 25 years, which makes his annual salary seem relatively modest compared to ones above him in the list. The Red Devils were in deep trouble when he took over and has made them one of most successful teams in the world by winning 12 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups. This season, Sir Alex’s side remain on course for yet another league title and have also reached the last-16 of the Champions League.

3. MARCELLO LIPPI (GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE | €10 MILLION)

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A manager whose resume boasts a World Cup, five Serie A titles and a Champions  League is expected to earn an annual salary in double figures. The former Italy coach joined the Chinese Super League champions in May this year on a two-and-a-half year contract worth up to €30 million. So far, Lippi has fulfilled the club’s expectations by guiding them to their second consecutive league title in October and also by winning the Chinese FA Cup in November for the first time evert in the club’s history.

2. CARLO ANCELOTTI (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN | €13.5 MILLION)

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The Italian proved that getting sacked at Chelsea doesn’t put a dent to your managerial career when he signing a multi-million Euro deal to take over at Qatar-funded PSG last year. He took charge when the French side were at the top of the league, but failed to guide them to the title. Despite spending heavily during the transfer windows, he has yet to bring any silverware to the Paresians. However, the former Milan boss could turn things around this season, as PSG are third in the league – five points behind Lyon – and are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

1, JOSE MOURINHO (REAL MADRID | €15.3 MILLION)

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The Portuguese takes home the largest amount each year and it is hardly surprising given his extraordinary record since guiding Porto to an historic treble in 2003. The Special One has won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and has also won the Champions League with Porto and Inter. However, things aren’t going well for him in the current campaign, with Los Blancos 11 points behind leaders Barcelona. Such a margin is a bit too much in the La Liga and if Mou fails to bring the Champions League to the Bernabeu, he might get his marching orders at the end of the season.

Here are the remaining twenty managers from the 30-man rich list..

11. Frank Rijkaard (Saudi Arabia | €5.3 Million)
12. Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich | €5.2 Million)
13. Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur | €4.5 Million)
14. Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers | €4 Million)
15. Jorge Jesus (Benfica | €4 Million)
16. David Moyes (Everton | €3.6 Million)
17. Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga | €3.6 Million)
18. Paulo Autuori (Qatar | €3.6 Million)
19. Abel Braga (Fluminense | €3.5 Million)
20. Luciano Spaletti (Zenit St Petersburg | €3.3 Million)
21. Antonio Conte (Juventus | €3 Million)
22. Cesare Prandelli (Italy | €3 Million)
23. Luxemburgo (Gremio | €3 Million)
24. Muricy (Santos | €3 Million)
25. Tite (Corinthians | €3 Million)
26. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland | €2.6 Million)
27. Joachim Low (Germany | €2.5 Million)
28. Marcelo Biesla (Athletic Bilbao | €2.5 Million)
29. Martin O’Neill (Sunderland | €2.5 Million)
30. Roy Hodgson (England | €2.5 Million)

FIFA Puskás Award 2012: Ten Nominated Goals (Videos)

FIFA will be announcing the winner of the Puskás Award on January 7, 2013 along with the Ballon d’Or during the star-studded gala evening in Zurich.

Named after the legendary Hugarian striker Ferenc Puskás, the award is given to the player – male or female – judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year. The award was presented for the first time in 2009, with Cristiano Ronaldo being the first winner. Turkey’s Hamit Altintop won the award the next year followed by Neymar in 2011.

This week, FIFA released the 10-goal shortlist. Take a look at each strike and then cast your vote for 2012’s best goal.

Agyemang Badu (Ghana v Guinea), Frebuary

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle v Blackburn), January

Radamel Falcao (America de Cali v Atletico Madrid), May

Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps v Toronto FC), May

Olivia Jiminez (Mexico v Switzerland), August

Gaston Mealla (Nacional Potosi v The Strongest), January

Lionel Messi (Argentina v Brazil), May

Neymar (Santos v Internacional), March

Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce v Galatasaray), March

Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce v Genclerbirligi), March

Top Ten Most ‘Liked’ Footballers On Facebook

It’s been a landmark past week for Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Fresh from celebrating his 100th cap for his country, Los Blancos striker has hit 50 million ‘Likes’ on social networking site Facebook.

The former Manchester United star has 12 million more ‘Likes’ than his greatest rival on the pitch – Lionel Messi. His huge online following means that every 5 per cent of the users on Facebook are a fan of the Portuguese skipper.  In our today’s Picture Special we have a look at the top ten most ‘liked’ footballers on the world’s most famous social networking site.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid | Portugal (50,282,401 Likes)

2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona | Argentina (38,707,688 Likes)

3. David Beckham – Los Angeles Galaxy | England (21,557,388 Likes)

4. Ricardo Kaka – Real Madrid | Brazil (18,783,751 Likes)

5. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona | Spain (11,005,764 Likes)

6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United | England (10,653,989 Likes)

7. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid | Spain (7,902,171 Likes)

8. David Villa – Barcelona | Spain (7,303,228 Likes)

9. Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid | Germany (7,223,803 Likes)

10. Neymar Jr. – Santos | Brazil (6,921,961 Likes)

KONAMI Announce Brazilian Licenses And Release New Champions League Screens

KONAMI have announced that they have secured licenses of all 20 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A clubs and another new stadium for the upcoming Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PES 2013).

Here is the list of teams:

  • Atlético Mineiro
  • Fluminense
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Gremio
  • SC Internacional
  • Botafogo
  • Cruzeiro
  • Sao Paulo
  • Corinthians
  • Náutico
  • Flamengo
  • Portuguesa
  • Ponte Preta
  • Santos
  • Palmeiras
  • Coritiba
  • Bahia
  • Sport
  • Atletico Goianense
  • Figueirense

The above teams will be licensed along with updated rosters and actual kits. There will also be correct stadiums of Sao Paulo and Santos.

KONAMI have also released three new screenshots of PES 2013’s Champions League mode. Have a look at them below..

PES 2013 Demo #1 Released!!

The first demo of the eagerly-awaited game Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PES 2013) has been released by KONAMI today for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Here is the official Press release:

PES 2013 Demo dated for July 25th

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH have released the first playable demo of its eagerly-awaited PES 2013 title on July 25th (today) in Europe. The free demo will be available for PlayStation(R)3 via PlayStation(R)Network, Xbox 360(R) via Xbox(R)LIVE and Windows PC via ‘www.konami-pes2013.com’.

PES 2013 marks a huge advance for the popular football simulation, with the new game offering PES FullControl wherein players are given total control over every pass, shot and even first touches to the ball. Similarly, Pro-Active AI ensures that players move as they should both on and off the ball, creating a truly authentic big match experience. The Player ID system then enhances the feeling of individuality, with players that not only look and move like their real life counterparts, but also play just like them.

The first demo will allow users to experience these key additions at first hand, and features eight fully licensed teams.Germany, England, Portugal, and Italy showcase European football, while Santos FC, SC Internacional, Fluminense and Flamengo Flamengo are available in the Copa Libertadores mode.

In order to experience the full gamut of control PES 2013 offers the demo allows any difficulty setting to be used, and boasts localised language settings

Demo Features

  • 5 min matches
  • 8 teams: England, Germany, Italy, Portugal | Flamengo, Fluminense, Internacional, Santos
  • 2 stadiums: Royal London Stadium | Vila Belmiro

Download

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Top Five Brazilians Who Should Move To The Premier League From Brazil

Chelsea are close to signing Oscar from Internacional, while Spurs are interested in Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and Manchester United are trying to bring Lucas Moura to Old Trafford from Sao Paulo. By the end of the transfer window this summer, all three of them could be playing in England.

Here we look at the top five Brazilian players who should move to the Premier League from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazilian League).

1. NEYMAR – SANTOS (STRIKER)

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or commonly known simply as Neymar is the most sought-after player in world football. The 20-year-old born in Sao Paulo plays for the state club and arch rivals Santos and is undoubtedly their most important player. The talented striker made his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old and since has been the key part of the first team making 186 appearances and scoring 110 goals. The exciting footballer, who has dazzling dribbling skills and clinical finishing, has been capped 18 times by his country and has found back of the net on 9 occasions since making his international debut in 2010. The Brazilian international, who helped Santos in winning the Copa Libertadoers last season, has been linked with many top European clubs over the years, but the forward has stated his intention of staying in his homeland and developing further.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are the Premier League clubs that have confirmed their interested in him in the past. Neymar would be an invaluable addition to any club and would surely excite the fans with his skills and finishing but he won’t come cheap. The Brazilian his highly rated by the Pixies and is valued around £45m by Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side.

2. LUCAS MOURA – SAO PAULO (MIDFIELDER)

Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva known as just Lucas or Lucas Moura is another talented player from Brazil who has attracted interests from many top European clubs over the past year. The 19-year-old plays for his home club Sao Paulo and is their top talent coming through the ranks. Ther versatile midfielder, who can play on the wings or as an attacking playmaker just behind the striker, made his first team debut in 2010 as 17-year-old kid, and since has gone on to make 103 appearances for the Tricolor Paulista scoring 26 goals and assisting in 19. The teenager, who has won the South American Youth Championship in 2011, made his senior team debut in the same year against Scotland. Since his debut he has been a regular part of the national team setup making 15 appearances and scoring the first goal – his only goal for Brazil till date – in the 2-0 win over Argentina.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are interested, but if the reports are to be believed then Manchester United are said to be the favourites in bringing the teenager to the Premier League. Lucas would be a huge addition to the Premier League and Manchester United. The attacking midfielder, who is valued around £25m, is a player who has immense of potential in him and surely one of the stars of the future.

3. OSCAR – INTERNACIONAL (MIDFIELDER)

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, who is commonly known as Oscar is another attacking midfielder who has attracted interested from many European clubs in the past year or so. The 20-year-old started off his career at Sao Paulo before moving to Internacional a couple of years back after a court case. Since his move to the Colorados he has been an integral part of their squad making 70 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and creating 20. The young playmaker, who can play anywhere in the midfield, scored the hat-trick in the 2011 FIFA U-20 Word Cup final win against Portugal and became the first ever player to do so. He made his international debut last year and since then he has earned 6 caps for the senior team. He scored his first ever international goal against Argentina last month.

The versatile midfielder, who is known for his movement and his passing, has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested. According to some reports in England and Brazil, Chelsea have beaten their London rivals for his signature as they have agreed a fee in the region of £20m with his club. Oscar would no doubt be a great addition to the Premier League and Chelsea alike and the fans would surely be expecting to see a lot of him in the Premier League for many years to come.

4. PAULO HENRIQUE GANSO – SANTOS (MIDFIELDER)

Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima commonly known as Paulo Henrique Ganso or just Ganso is another playmaker that has been targeted by many top European club in the past few years. The 22-year-old joined Santos in 2005 as a 15-year-old from Paysandu and ever since has been playing for the Pexies. Ganso made his first team debut way back in 2008 as a substitute and since has been wearing the number10 jersey for the club on the regular basis. He has made a total of 157 appearances for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side and has found the back of the net 35 times. The 6ft tall attacking playmaker, who has been dubbed as the ‘next Kaka’, made his senior team debut in a friendly match against the USA in 2010 and was also an integral part of 2011 Copa America squad. But some serious long term injuries in the past couple of years has restricted him to being capped just 8 times by his national side.

Ganso, who is reported to be owned by Group DIS, is expected to leave Santos this summer but is set to stay in Brazil for atleast another year. Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked with him in the past along with some more European clubs, but Internacional are the favourites to sign the £20m rated midfielder this summer. Keeping in mind his creativity and passing skills, Ganso would be an outstanding addition to any team in the Premier League but it doesn’t look like he would be moving to England atleast in the near future.

5. LEANDRO DAMIAO – INTERNACIONAL (STRIKER)

Leandro Damião da Silva dos Santos or simply known as Leandro Damiao is the second striker and the second Internacional player on this list that has attracted interest from many top clubs across Europe by his performances in Brazil. The 22-year-old played youth football for Atletico Tubarao and Atletico Ibirama before moving to the Colorados in 2009. Damiao made his first team debut in 2010 and since has made 115 appearances in all competitions and has found the back of the net 70 times for the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side. The striker, who guided Internacional to the Copa Libertadores success in 2010, made his international debut last year against Scotland along with Lucas Moura. Since his debut, he has gone on to be capped 9 times by Brazil but has scored just once – in the 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottage.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are reported to be interested in signing the inform Brazilian striker as they look to strengthen their forward line. Leandro Damiao started off his career as a midfielder but he is a true finisher and has proven his abilities by scoring regularly in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, which is said to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world. If the Brazilian does sign for a Premier League club this summer, he would be a great addition and will join the list of star strikers in the league.