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REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars

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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Ammar Jemal

\nCountry: Tunisia

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Cologne

\n2011 pay: US$1m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,222

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Anis Ben-Hatira

\nCountry: Tunisia

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Hertha Berlin

\n2011 pay: US$1m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,222

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Hamed Haddadi

\nCountry: Iran

\nSport: Basketball player for US team Memphis Grizzlies

\n2011 pay: US$1.3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$5,227

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Mohammed Zidan

\nCountry: Egypt

\nSport: Soccer player for German club Mainz 05

\n2011 pay: US$2.58m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$2,654

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Nadir Belhadj

\nCountry: Algeria

\nSport: Soccer player for Qatari club Al-Sadd

\n2011 pay: US$2.8m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$4,473

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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)

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Roda Antar

\nCountry: Lebanon

\nSport: Soccer player for Chinese club Shandong Luneng

\n2011 pay: US$3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$9,284

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
Mbark Boussoufa

\nCountry: Morocco

\nSport: Soccer player for Russian club Anzhi

\n2011 pay: US$4.3m

\n2010 per capita GDP: US$2,865

REVEALED: The Middle East's highest paid sports stars
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