10. James Rodriguez ($4.8 million)
Team: Real Madrid CF
Position: Wide Midfielder / Striker
Endorsement worth: $4.8 million
Companies with endorsement contracts: Adidas, Gatorade, Hugo Boss, Dentics, Huawei, Pepsi
At the 10th spot, we have James Rodriguez in the countdown. Bagging $4.8 million just by sponsorship deals, Rodriguez is one of the highest paid footballers and is certainly, one of the most popular as well. This talismanic player from Colombia has managed to grab all the attention of people during the FIFA 2014 World Cup and is likely to keep doing it in future as well. However, he seems to be playing under the shadow of Ronaldo and this might hamper his future growth.