REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars

Soccer stars dominate ESPN countdown of Middle East and North Africa's best paid athletes
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Ali Al-Nono

\nCountry: Yemen

\nSport: Soccer player for Yemen club Al-Ahli Sana'a

\n2011 pay: US$20,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$1,437

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Shabir Isoufi

\nCountry: Afghanistan (represents The Netherlands)

\nSport: Soccer player for Dutch club Feyenoord

\n2011 pay: US$80,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$499

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Khaled al-Rashidi

\nCountry: Kuwait

\nSport: Soccer player at Kuwaiti club Al-Arabi

\n2011 pay: US$130,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$45,300

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Odai Al Saify

\nCountry: Jordan

\nSport: Soccer player for Cypriot club Alki Larnaka

\n2011 pay: US$133,370

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,405

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Sanharib Malki

\nCountry: Syria

\nSport: Soccer player for Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade

\n2011 pay: US$400,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$2,931

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Jaycee John Okwunwanne

\nCountry: Bahrain

\nSport: Soccer player for Qatari club Al Kharaitiyat

\n2011 pay: US$500,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$18,200

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Hussein Yasser (L)

\nCountry: Qatar

\nSport: Soccer player for Belgian club Lierse SK

\n2011 pay: US$500,000

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$72,400

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Ammar Jemal

\nCountry: Tunisia

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Cologne

\n2011 pay: US$1m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,222

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Anis Ben-Hatira

\nCountry: Tunisia

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Hertha Berlin

\n2011 pay: US$1m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,222

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Mohammed Noor (forward)

\nCountry: Saudi Arabia

\nSport: Soccer player for Qatari club Al Jaish

\n2011 pay: US$1.23m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$16,000

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Hamed Haddadi

\nCountry: Iran

\nSport: Basketball player for US team Memphis Grizzlies

\n2011 pay: US$1.3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$5,227

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Ahmed Khalil (L)

\nCountry: UAE

\nSport: Soccer player for UAE club Al-Wahda

\n2011 pay: US$1.32m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$39,625

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Tareq al Tayed (L)

\nCountry: Libya

\nSport: Soccer players for Kuwaiti side Al Naser

\n2011 pay: US$1.5m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$11,321

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Mohammed Zidan

\nCountry: Egypt

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Mainz 05

\n2011 pay: US$2.58m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$2,654

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Nadir Belhadj

\nCountry: Algeria

\nSport: Soccer player for Qatari club Al-Sadd

\n2011 pay: US$2.8m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,473

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Ali Al-Habsi

\nCountry: Oman

\nSport: Soccer player for English side Wigan Athletic

\n2011 pay: US$2.91m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$21,000(AFP/Getty Images)

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Roda Antar

\nCountry: Lebanon

\nSport: Soccer player for Chinese club Shandong Luneng

\n2011 pay: US$3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$9,284

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Mbark Boussoufa

\nCountry: Morocco

\nSport: Soccer player for Russian club Anzhi

\n2011 pay: US$4.3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$2,865

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Mehmet Okur

\nCountry: Turkey

\nSport: Basketball player for US team New Jersey Nets

\n2011 pay: US$10.9m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$11,000