TheWrap's World Cup Power Rankings: Top 20 Soccer Players ($$$)

TheWrap's World Cup Power Rankings: Top 20 Soccer Players ($$$)

Footballers classified by salary, endorsements, social media presence and major championships

With the United States topping Ghana 2-1 on Monday, it seems like a good a time to unveil our inaugural Wrap FIFA World Cup soccer player power rankings.

The unique and secret proprietary formula — which is less scientific than it hopefully sounds — took into consideration a player's salary, endorsements, social media footprint and World Cup, Premier League, EUFA and Olympic championship accomplishments. Salary and endorsement data come courtesy of Forbes.

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Here are the rankings of the 20 highest paid footballers in the world. Feel free to duke it out in the comments section below.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Salary: $49 million
Endorsements: $24 million (Nike, Samsung, Tag Heuer)
Twitter Followers: 26.8 million
Facebook Likes: 85.2 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 3
EUFA League Medals: 2
Olympic Medals: 0

Lionel Messi 2. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Salary: $42 million
Endorsements: $23 million (Adidas, Samsung, Pepsi)
Twitter Followers: 1.95 million
Facebook Likes: 58 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 3 (injured for 2006 finals)
Olympic Medals: 1 (Gold, 2008)

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Sergio Aguero

3. Sergio Aguero (Argentina)
Salary: $17 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Puma, Pepsi, Gillette)
Twitter Followers: 5.82 million
Facebook Likes: 5.8 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 2
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 1 (2008 Gold)

Neymar Jr

4. Neymar Jr (Brazil)
Salary: $12 million
Endorsements: $16 million (Nike, Castrol, Panasonic)
Twitter Followers: 11.1 million
Facebook Likes: 24.7 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 1 (2012 Silver)

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5. Kaka (Brazil)
Salary: $10 million
Endorsements: $5 million (Adidas, Hyundai)
Twitter Followers: 19.2 million
Facebook Likes: 28.9 million
World Cup Championships: 1
Premier League Medals: 2
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

David Silva

6. David Silva (Spain)
Salary: $15 million
Endorsements: $1 million (Adidas)
Twitter Followers: 2.66 million
Facebook Likes: 935,000
Major Championships: 1
Premier League Medals: 2
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

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Wayne Rooney

7. Wayne Rooney (England)
Salary: $18 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Nike, Samsung, HarperCollins)
Twitter Followers: 8.9 million
Facebook Likes: 21.1 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 5
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Salary: $30 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Nike, Volvo)
Twitter Followers: 1.32 million
Facebook Likes: 16.2 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

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Gareth Bale

9. Gareth Bale (Wales)
Salary: $15 million
Endorsements: $9 million (Adidas, EA Sports)
Twitter Followers: 3.6 million
Facebook Likes: 17.2 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Robin Van Persie

10. Robin Van Persie (Netherlands)
Salary: $16 million
Endorsements: $3 million (Adidas, Pepsi)
Twitter Followers: 5.2 million
Facebook Likes: 9.3 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 1
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

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Fernando Torres

11. Fernando Torres (Spain)
Salary: $17 million
Endorsements: $3 million
Twitter Followers: 1.91 million
Facebook Likes: 264,900
World Cup Championships: 1
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Frank Lampard

12. Frank Lampard (England)
Salary: $12 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Adidas, Pepsi)
Twitter Followers: N/A
Facebook Likes: 15,400
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 3
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

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Yaya Toure

13. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Salary: $18 million
Endorsements: $3 million (Puma)
Twitter Followers: 55,300
Facebook Likes: 265,700
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 2
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Mesut Ozil

14. Mesut Ozil (Germany)
Salary: $10 million
Endorsements: $6 million (Adidas)
Twitter Followers: 5.99 million
Facebook Likes: 20 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

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Luis Suarez

15. Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Salary: $11 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Adidas, Pepsi)
Twitter Followers: 2.77 million
Facebook Likes: 6.7 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

Radamel Falcao

16. Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
Salary: $23 million
Endorsements: $3 million (Puma, Samsung, Gillette)
Twitter Followers: 5.03 million
Facebook Likes: 10,600
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 0
Olympic Medals: 0

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Franck Ribery

17. Franck Ribery (France)
Salary: $17 million
Endorsements: $1 million
Twitter Followers: 38,500
Facebook Likes: 91,200
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Bastian Schweinsteiger

18. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Salary: $13 million
Endorsements: $3 million (Adidas)
Twitter Followers: 421,000
Facebook Likes: 3.8 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

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Steven Gerrard

19. Steven Gerrard (England)
Salary: $13 million
Endorsements: $4 million (Adidas)
Twitter Followers: 78,800
Facebook Likes: 1.3 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0

Philipp Lahm

20. Philipp Lahm (Germany)
Salary: $13 million
Endorsements: $2 million (Adidas)
Twitter Followers: 21,000
Facebook Likes: 2.9 million
World Cup Championships: 0
Premier League Medals: 0
EUFA League Medals: 1
Olympic Medals: 0