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The richest English-born Premier League footballer is...

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 3:09 AM ET
A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in October, 2013 in Manchester, England.
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A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in October, 2013 in Manchester, England.

English Premier League footballers are amongst the best paid in the world, and a poll by wealth specialists Wealth-X has found 28-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to be the wealthiest English-born player.

Rooney has a net worth of £45 million ($73 million) according to a Wealth-X top ten list, which looked specifically at English-born players, rather than international ones bought by English clubs.

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Rooney's weekly take home pay is approximately £250,000 (US$410,000) a week before taxes under his current contract. The well-off footballer also rakes in money from endorsement deals with companies including Nike and book publisher HarperCollins.

The Wealth-X top ten also includes three other players from Rooney's team known as "The Red Devils": Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, bringing the combined net worth of the four Manchester United teammates to £111 million.

Two Chelsea players also made the top five: 35-year-old Frank Lampard - worth £31 million - took third place, while 33-year-old John Terry - worth £29 million- took fourth.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool's 33-year-old Steven Gerrard, who is also captain of the England squad, came in fifth on the list with a net worth of £29 million.

Gerrard was followed by West Ham United's 32-year-old Joe Cole, Chelsea's 32-year-old Ashley Cole, Man United's 32-year old Michael Carrick and 28-year old Ashley Young, respectively, and finally the youngest player to make the top ten list, Manchester City midfielder James Milner, who is 27 years old and came tenth.

The combined net worth of the top 10 footballers in the list was £255 million ($417 million).

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Rooney made his Premier League debut for Everton at the age of 16 in 2002 and made his senior international debut for England in 2003. He was signed by Manchester United for £25 million in 2004.

The famous Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona, once said Rooney's passion for football was so strong that he would "play for 100 euros-a-week," according to U.S.-based sports channel ESPN.

By CNBC's Katie Holliday: Follow her on Twitter @hollidaykatie

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