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Asamoah Gyan in Shangai (2)Asamoah Gyan has been named  the 19th richest footballers in the world, based on annual revenue earned by a footballers, published by France Football magazine this week.Gyan becomes the second most paid African footballer with an annual revenue of  €17.5m.

Ivorian Yaya Toure tops the Africa list placing 17th in the World with an annual revenue of €18m. The publication which documents the highest paid individuals in football per year was conducted by France Football. The calculations are based not just on individual’s contracts with their clubs, but all other forms of income including sponsorship deals.

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) = €74m

Annual Salary: €36m (€3m per month)

Bonuses: €3m (Achieved following Barcelona’s quintuple in 2014/15)

Other forms of income: €35m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Ooredoo (3 year contract, €15m), EA Sports, Gatorade, Pepsi, Samsung, Gillette, Audemars Piguet, Space Scouter, Lay’s, Tata Motors, Huawei.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for the Argentinian international team and FC Barcelona, Dolce & Gabbana, Ambassador at the Expo 2020 Dubai, merchandise, Web TV, restaurant businesses, grape cultivation, a complex of luxury cottages, real estate and financial investments.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) = €67.4m

Annual Salary: €32m (€2.6m per month)

Bonuses: €400,000

Other forms of income: €35m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Altice-SFR, Pokerstars.com, Herbalife, Novo Banco, Soccerade, Clear, Sacoor Brothers, Sixpa, Hot, Pestana, Brandinext, Refa active Pao.

Other operations: Sportlobster, Fly Emirates, CR7 underwear, CR7 footwear, Roc by Monster, smartphone applications, real estate and luxury hotel investments, image rights – Mint Media.

3. Neymar (Barcelona) = €43.5m

Annual Salary: €20m (€1.6m per month)

Bonuses: €2.5m

Other forms of income: €21m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Konami, Panasonic, pokerstars.com, Claro, Tenys-Pé, Lupo, Guarana Antartica, Volkswagen, Red Bull, Celiar, Listerine, Police, Replay, Ultrafarma.

Other operations: Universal, advertising campaigns for FC Barcelona, NJR merchandise, NJR sportswear line, real estate investments.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) = €28.5m

Annual Salary: €20m (€1.6m per month)

Bonuses: €2.5m

Other forms of income: €6m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Volvo, Vitamin Well, Dressmann.

Other operations: Personal perfume brand, social media development project, advertising campaigns for PSG, publications, mobile phone applications, real estate investments.

Note: Ibrahimovic turned down a €3m contract from pokerstars.com.

5. Thiago Silva (PSG) = €26.5m

Annual Salary: €23m (€1.9m per month)

Bonuses: €1m

Other forms of income: €2.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Nissan, Skullcandy.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for PSG.

6. Angel di Maria (PSG) = €26m

Annual Salary: €24m (€2m per month)

Bonuses: €800,000

Other forms of income: €1.2m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for PSG.

7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) = €24.5m

Annual Salary: €14m (€1.16m per month)

Bonuses: €500,000

Other forms of income: €10m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Foot Locker, Konami, Sony, BT Sports.

Other operations: Merchandise, image rights.

8. Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich) = €23.6m

Annual Salary: €16m (€1.3m per month)

Bonuses: €600,000

Other forms of income: €7m

Sponsorship contracts: Volkswagen, Weber, REWE, Gillette, BiFi, Young Wings.

Other operations: Merchandise, advertising campaigns with Bayern Munich.

9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) = €22m

Annual Salary: €16.7m (€1.4m per month)

Bonuses: €300,000

Other forms of income: €5m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Samsung, Five Star, Triple S, Harper Collins.

Other operations: Publications, image rights, advertising campaigns with Manchester United.

10. Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona) = €21.5m

Annual Salary: €15m (€1.25m per month)

Bonuses: €2m

Other forms of income: €4.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Nissan, Sony, Dentix, Damm, Arcos.

Other operations: Football schools, financial and real estate investments, grape cultivation, farm holiday business.

11. Iker Casillas (FC Porto) = €21m

Annual Salary: €3.5m (€290,000 per month)

Bonuses: €12m (Payment from Real Madrid in order to agree to transfer away)

Other forms of income: €5.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Hyundai, Arriga Associados, Head & Shoulders, Dentix, Pelayo, Futbol Factory.

Other operations: 1K, merchandise, real estate investments.

12. Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) = €20.3m

Annual Salary: €15m (€1.25 per month)

Bonuses: €2.5m

Other forms of income: €2.8m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Abitab.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for FC Barcelona.

13. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) = €20.2m

Annual Salary: €10.6m (€883,000 per month)

Bonuses: €600,000

Other forms of income: €9m

Sponsorship contracts: Puma, Pepsi, Gillette, EA Sports, Wix-Com, DirecTV.

Other operations: Football schools, Argentinian tourism office, publications, website, Web TV, advertising campaigns for Manchester City, image rights.

14. Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) = €18.9m

Annual Salary: €14m (€1.16m per month)

Bonuses: €400,000

Other forms of income: €4.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Deutsche Sportlotterie, Drutex, Situs, FTI Touristik.

Other operations: BT Sport, football schools, advertising campaigns for Bayern Munich.

14. Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) = €18.9m

Annual Salary: €12m (€1m per month)

Bonuses: €700,000

Other forms of income: €6.2m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Gatorade, EA Sports.

Other operations: Real estate, land, commercial and financial investments, starting up companies, sports complexes, smartphone applications, football schools, racehorse stables.

16. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) = €18.8m

Annual Salary: €15.3m (€1.275m per month)

Bonuses: €500,000

Other forms of income: €3m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Funny Fisch, Beats by Dr Dre, Right Guard.

Other operations: Merchandise, advertising campaigns for Manchester United.

17. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) = €18m

Annual Salary: €13.5m (€1.125m per month)

Bonuses: €700,000

Other forms of income: €3.8m

Sponsorship contracts: Puma, Nissan, Airtel Africa.

Other operations: Football schools, image rights, real estate investments.

18. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) = €18m

Annual Salary: €14.5m (€1.2m per month)

Bonuses: €500,000

Other forms of income: €3m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas.

Other operations: Image rights.

19. Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG) = €17.5m

Annual Salary: €15m (€1.25m per month)

Bonuses: €1m

Other forms of income: €1.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Puma, Uni Bank Ghana Limited.

Other operations: Merchandise, real estate and financial investments.

20. Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC) = €17m

Annual Salary: €13.2m (€1.1m per month)

Bonuses: €300,000

Other forms of income: €3.5m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Lotus, Sina Sports.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for the Belgian national team and Chelsea FC, image rights, real estate and financial investments, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team, WWF.

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Social Trends: Sarkodie’s lyrics on ‘Hate’ Sparks Online Debate

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Sarkodie’s indirect diss on Jay Bahd’s song ‘Hate’ has sparked a significant online debate. (more…)

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Police arrest Nigerian music star, Portable over G-Wagon debt ..watch how he jumped over a gate to escape previous arrest

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The Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, arrested popular musician, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, for refusing to pay the debt he incurred when he purchased G-Wagon from a car dealer in the state.

PUNCH Online gathered that Portable, during the purchase of the vehicle worth N27m, paid only N13m and had refused to pay the N14m balance.

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It was learnt that whenever the car dealer contacted him to pay the balance, he usually claimed that the vehicle was bad

When efforts to get Portable to pay the balance proved abortive, our correspondent gathered that the car dealer reported the matter to the police and policemen detailed to investigate the case arrested Portable.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that Portable had been arrested.

He said, “Yes, Portable has been arrested. He bought G-Wagon for N27m, paid N13m and refused to pay the rest, claiming the vehicle was bad. We arrested him today.”

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Ghanaian footballer, Yaw Yeboah proposes to girlfriend, Gifty Boakye

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Ghanaian fashion model, Gifty Boakye has revealed on her birthday that her boyfriend and Ghanaian midfielder, Yaw Yeboah has officially proposed marriage to her.

Gifty shared photos of the happy moment when the Major League Soccer star, who plays for the Columbus Crew, popped the question ‘Will you marry me question?” in front of family and friends.

 

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Yaw Yeboah won two trophies with Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew in 2023. The former Ghana U23 captain scored the winner as the Gold and Blacks defeated Los Angeles FC to win their third MLS title. Yeboah also starred in the Eastern Conference final as Columbus Crew came from two goals down to beat city rivals FC Cincinnati at the TQL Park. Yeboah, who made 37 appearances scoring four goals and providing five assists in the 2023 campaign, was rewarded with an invite to the Black Stars ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gifty Boakye was born in the USA to parents who had immigrated from Ghana. At the age of 16 her dark complexion created drive and passion in her to begin to model and further to inspire young girls to love the skin they’re in. Today I enjoy sharing my story .life as a model, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, & public speaker now living in Accra Ghana.

After receiving my degree in communications arts from St Johns University, I started my first company NVTIVE in 2017 an online Boutique that pays homage to international cultured in apparel & art. In 2018 I founded Sister S.L.A.Y a nonprofit that empowers young girls ages 11-18 through educational workshops and self-confidence rebuilding.

Fun facts about Gifty, she can rap almost any Jay Z record word for word. She loves spending time with family& friends. Her favorite food is Waakye and in 2017 also Gifty reigned as the face of festival AFROCHELLA. Her guilty pleasure is gummy bears. She was also in a relationship with Ghanaian footballer Thomas Partey.

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Rema Sparks Big 3 Debate in Nigerian Music Scene

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The Nigerian music scene is buzzing with discussions about the ‘Big 3’ artists, with Olamide, Davido, and Wizkid being the most frequently mentioned. (more…)

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“I produced most of the biggest hit songs in Ghana last year” – Beatz Vampire claims the crown ahead of TGMA 2024

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Showbiz and showboating go hand in hand and Beatz Vampire is sticking to the script. As one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, he confidently declares 2023 his own and believes none of his peers even come close heading into the Telecel Ghana Music Awards 2024.

Despite the prominent awards show just a month away–June 1, Beatz Vampire is already anticipating a clean sweep under its rebranded glory. His gaze is set on one of the night’s most coveted achievements: the “Producer of the Year” award. And with four hits credited to him under three artists in the previous year alone, it is easy to see why he is confidence levels are stratospheric.

Last year, the young producer was all over the place. His work on JZyNO and Lasmid’s ‘Butta My Bread’ was a mega success, bringing over 160M streams across platforms. The song’s popularity on TikTok also got under the skin of artists like Nigeria’s Ruger, who tried to downplay its quality and appeal. Beatz Vampire chased this down with equally catchy tracks like ‘Goodsin,’ ‘Likor’ and ‘I Lied,’ which garnered similar acclaim. 

Indeed, Beatz Vampire has a good chance of winning the award. Since the nominations list dropped, his name has been on the lips of fans who showed their support. The producer chimed in on his fans’ sentiments, saying: “I feel honored even though this was expected. I produced most of the biggest hit songs in Ghana last year, from JZyNO and Lasmid’s ‘Butta My Bread’ to Olivetheboy’s ‘Goodsin,’ Kidi’s ‘Likor’ and ‘I Lied,’ so it’s only right I am handed the award on that night. Big shouts to the rest of the nominees though.”

Of course, Beatz Vampire is no stranger to the hype around prestigious awards. In 2022, he was nominated “Producer of the Year” at the Ghana Music Awards USA and Ghana Music Awards France. His contributions over the years, like Jahmiel’s ‘Beautiful,’ P-Square’s ‘Jaiye,’ Shatta Wale’s ‘Hajia Bintu’ and ‘1 Don,’ Mr Drew’s ‘Mood’ and ‘S3k3,’ Lasmid’s ‘Atele’ and ‘Sika,’ among others, were super hits of their time. But this year in review is a special one. He believes after so many years of missing out, the award is coming home.

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As the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (formerly the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) draws close, Beatz Vampire stands on the cusp of glory.

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Gospel singer KODA passes on, after reportedly battling a kidney disease

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Gospel singer, Kofi Owusu Dua Anto popularly known as KODA is dead.

He died on Sunday after reportedly battling a kidney disease.

Tributes, especially from gospel musicians started flying on social media on Sunday when they heard about KODA’s passing.

Some musicians expressed shock when they heard about the death of the gospel stalwart.

Among those who expressed their shock were, Empress Gifty, who posted on Facebook: “I hope it’s not true, KODA,” with crying emojis.

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Speaking to Graphic Showbiz on Sunday afternoon, Gospel musician Nii Okai, a very close friend of KODA said, “I wish I could tell you another thing but that’s the truth. KODA is dead”.

He said it was quite shocking to him considering that KODA was doing very fine after going through treatment.

KODA, celebrated for his uplifting melodies and soulful compositions, was not just a singer but a producer who left an indelible mark on the Ghanaian music scene.

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