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2010 FIFA World Cup: How Did the Highest-Earning Stars Play?

Now that the 2010 World Cup has concluded with Spain’s first triumph, the general consensus is that this was a tournament of teams, not stars.

Before the opening game in South Africa, the hype was all about soccer’s big names, but most of them endured a disappointing few weeks.

We look at each of the world’s highest-paid players who played at the World Cup and rate how they performed.

Note: This list is presented in reverse order according to the individual’s reported annual salary and is not a ranking of who the World Cup’s best player was.

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