No Surprises: Manchester City's Sheikh Tops Abramovich On Rich List

The richest people in British football have been named...
FourFourTwo magazine have published their English football rich list and, as expected, Manchester City's mega-rich owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has usurped Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich to top the table.

In fact, Lakshmi Mittal - who owns 20% of Championship side Queens Park Rangers - is in second ahead of the Blues owner.

The financial supremacy of City has not quite translated onto the pitch yet, but The Sheikh will be hoping to buy some happiness this month, having already handed boss Mark Hughes money to buy Wayne Bridge.

The top ten reads:

1 Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan - Manchester City - £15bn
2 Lakshmi Mittal and family - QPR - £12.5bn
3 Roman Abramovich - Chelsea - £7bn
4 Joe Lewis - Tottenham Hotspur - £2.5bn
5 Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone - QPR - £2.4bn
6 Stanley Kroenke - Arsenal - £2.245bn
7 Alisher Usmanov - Arsenal - £1.5bn
8= Lord Grantchester & The Moores Family - Everton - £1.2bn
8= Dermot Desmond - Celtic - £1.2bn
10= Lord Ashcroft - Watford - £1.1bn
10= Malcolm Glazer and family - £1.1bn

There may be a global credit crunch making life miserable, but there's still some major funds floating around British football.

In terms of players, Milan's new loanee David Beckham is the top Brit. Between Serie A and parent club LA Galaxy he's up to his gills in endorsements and pay packets, as he has been for years now.

Otherwise, there's a massive gap between ol' Golden Balls and the rest of the field. Some of the higher-ups will surprise many, though, with Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Sol Campbell and Damien Duff clearly having raked in the dough.

The top players:

1 David Beckham - £125m (38)
2 Michael Owen - £40m (56=)
3 Wayne Rooney - £35m (61)
4= Rio Ferdinand - £28m (69=)
4= Robbie Fowler - £28m (69=)
4= Sol Campbell - £28m (69=)
7 Ryan Giggs - £23m (77)
8= Michael Ballack - £20m (80=)
8= Frank Lampard - £20m (80=)
10 Steven Gerrard - £19m (86)
(11) Cristiano Ronaldo - £18m (87)
12 John Terry - £17m (88)
13 Didier Drogba - £15m (89)
14= Nicolas Anelka - £14m (92=)
14= Damien Duff - £14m (92=)

Greg Ptolomey, Goal.com