Arsenal forward third among such earners in native Russia...Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin coming in third.
His advertising alone earned the Russian football idol over £1.25 million last year, with only two other footballers in the top 10. CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who has been linked with a host of clubs in Europe, and Zenit St. Petersburg new signing Sergei Semak were the others featured.
The top rank was won by a huge margin; tennis star Maria Sharapova's advertising revenues are estimated, for last season alone, at over £15 million.
Arshavin is one of Russia's finest footballers, and proved his worth despite an injury-affected campaign at the Emirates Stadium last season. According to Castrol Football, who analyse every aspect of professional football, Arshavin was the 38th best player in Europe last term.