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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Ronaldinho 'tops player earnings'
Barcelona's Brazilian striker Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho has eased Beckham into second place
Barcelona striker Ronaldinho has replaced England captain David Beckham as the world's highest-paid player.

France Football magazine claims the Brazilian's total annual income from salaries and other deals is 15.9m.

Real Madrid's Beckham has topped the list for the last three years but his income is believed to have dropped to 12.5m from 17.3m.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is fourth, with an annual income of 11.2m - behind Real's Ronaldo.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tops France Football's list of top coaching earners.

Mourinho is calculated to earn 7.56m a year, with England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson following behind with an annual income of 4.78m

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