The top paid athletes according to forbes

Forbes released yesterday a list of the highest paid sports personalities.  Topping the list were Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Roger Federer.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Mayweather comes out number one ando made $85 million for two fights last year.  He is currently serving a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas for domestic battery.

Filipino pride, Boxer Manny Pacquiao, is second on the magazine’s list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley earlier this month.

Tiger Woods, No. 1 on the list since 2001, made $59.4 million to place third, a far cry from being a consecutive first placer.

LeBron James, famous choker of the Miami Heat is fourth at $53 million. He is one of 13 basketball players on the list.

Tennis star Roger Federer is fifth at $52.7 million.

Thirty football players made the top 100, with Peyton Manning tops among them at No. 10. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback made $42.4 million during his last season with theIndianapolis Colts, even though he sat out the entire season while recovering from a neck injury.

David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy was No. 8 overall and the highest ranked soccer player at $46 million.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among baseball players and No. 18 overall with $33 million.

Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($27.9 million) comes in at No. 26, and Li Na ($18.4 million).

Football/Soccer players including David Beckham in the list are as follows:

8. David Beckham
Total earnings: $46 million
Salary/winnings: $9 million
Endorsements: $37 million

 

9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Total earnings: $42.5 million
Salary/winnings: $20.5 million
Endorsements: $22 million

 

11. Lionel Messi
Total earnings: $39 million
Salary/winnings: $20 million
Endorsements: $19 million

 

37. Wayne Rooney
Total earnings: $24.3 million
Salary/winnings: $17.8 million
Endorsements: $6.5 million

 

59. Kaka
Total earnings: $20.8 million
Salary/winnings: $14.3 million
Endorsements: $6.5 million

 

65. Sergio Aguero
Total earnings: $20.1 million
Salary/winnings: $16.6 million
Endorsements: $3.5 million

Kun’s wealth is mainly put down to his mega contract at Manchester City.

68. Fernando Torres
Total earnings: $19.6 million
Salary/winnings: $16.6 million
Endorsements: $3 million

 

73. Yaya Touré
Total earnings: $19.1 million
Salary/winnings: $16.6 million
Endorsements: $2.5 million

Another Manchester City title winner earning a fantastic salary at the Etihad.

88. John Terry
Total earnings: $17.5 million
Salary/winnings: $12.5 million
Endorsements: $5 million

 

97. Steven Gerrard
Total earnings: $17 million
Salary/winnings: $12.5 million
Endorsements: $4.5 million

 

with sources:
http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/forbes-release-worlds-highest-paid-athletes-list-footballers/
http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8069874/floyd-mayweather-jr-tops-forbes-list-money-makers
http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/17/top-earning-athletes-business-sports-top-earning-athletes.html

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