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Arsenal forward third among such earners in native Russia...

The Russian version of Forbes magazine has announced the year's most affluent earners in sport advertising, with 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.

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