Most expensive players playing the 2010 FIFA World Cup

While brands like Hublot, Louis Vuitton, and FIFA itself are raking the moolah in the FIFA 2010 World Cup season, why would the players lag behind? Here’s a list of the most expensive football players playing at this year’s football extravaganza. Topping the list is the 22-year old star striker from Argentina, Lionel Messi. A Barcelona club is willing to up their stakes as high as $98.3 million for him. Taking the second spot is Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo. Although the Portugal team captain is in the news for all the wrong reasons this season, at $92.2 million, he’s a good player to have in the team. Rounding up the top three is the Spanish captain Xavi. This 30-year old Barcelona mid-fielder is worth $79.9 million. Rest of the list after the jump…

4. Spanish and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta ($73.8 million).
5. Arsenal and Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas ($67.6 million).
6. Manchester United and English striker Wayne Rooney ($65.1 million).
7. French team captain and Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery ($61.5 million).
8. Liverpool and Spanish striker Fernando Torres (around $61.5 million).
9. Brazil and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka ($61.5 million).
10. English team captain and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerard (close to $61.5 million).

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