Arabian Business has compiled a list of the highest paid Middle East sports stars with Lebanese’s football star Roda Antar ranking second (once you exclude the non-Arabs):

Roda Antar in 2009 -- via Wikipedia

Roda Antar in 2009 -- via Wikipedia

In 2011, Roda was paid a cool US$3 million as part of his contract with the Chinese club Shandong Luneng. Morocco’s Mbark Boussoufa came in first place with $US4.3 million in earnings last year with the Russian football club Anzhi.