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Soccer's rich list revealed


US businessmen Malcolm Glazer and Randy Lerner are in the top 10 of British soccer's rich list, led by Russian Roman Abramovich.

David Beckham is the richest player in the survey published on Wednesday by soccer magazine FourFourTwo.

The 31-year-old midfielder and his wife Victoria are worth £87 million (US$171 million) and ranked 34th overall. Endorsements have contributed to Beckham maintaining the top spot despite struggling to start for Spanish club Real Madrid and failing to get picked for England since relinquishing the captaincy when his side exited the World Cup earlier this year.

Abramovich, who took over Chelsea in 2004, is worth £10 billion. The second-richest person is Tottenham's biggest shareholder, English businessman Joe Lewis, who is worth £2.1 billion.

Dermot Desmond, who is the biggest shareholder in Scottish champion Celtic, is ranked third with £1.25 billion. Glazer, who owns National Football League team Tampa Bay Buccaneers and took over Manchester United last year, is fourth at £1.05 billion -- a figure taken from a recent rich list by Forbes magazine.

Lerner, who owns NFL's Cleveland Browns, is ranked seventh at £789 million after buying Aston Villa in September. His figure is also from Forbes.

After Beckham on the players list is England and Newcastle striker Michael Owen, who is worth £32 million and is in 53rd place overall. Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is third, worth £28 million thanks to endorsements and property investments.

Rounding out the top 10 of the players list was Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell; Manchester United players Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs; Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko; Arsenal striker Thierry Henry; United striker Wayne Rooney and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack.

Other foreigners in the 100-strong list included Egyptian-born Mohamed al Fayed and Russian Vladimir Romanov.

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