Who are the Highest-Paid Athletes in the World? And How Much Do They Make? (With Photos)

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May 15, 2013

Who are the highest-paid athletes in the world?

In case you were wondering, you know have some answers, thanks to Sport Illustrated. The magazine this week released its list of the highest-earning athletes from the last year.

According to Sport Illustrated the money totals consist of "salary, winnings, bonuses and endorsements."

The Top 10

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. $90 million

The boxing champion nicknamed "Money" pulled in a cool $90 million -- thanks to victories over Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto -- to take the top spot for the second year in a row.

Mayweather reportedly earned a minimum of $32 million for his unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero on May 4 in Las Vegas, and with another fight this year -- Mayweather says he plans to fight again in September -- the 36-year-old figures to be near the top of the list again next year.

2. LeBron James $56,545,000

The basketball star lead the Miami Heat to the NBA championship in 2012 and took home a reported $56,545,000 in the process. James, who was just awarded his fourth NBA MVP award earlier this month, has the Heat headed toward another NBA Finals appearance this season.

3. David Beckham $48,349,000

The soccer star ended his tenure with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy in 2012 and then made the move to international club Paris Saint-Germain, where he's donating his salary to charity.

4. Drew Brees $47,800,000

The record-setting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints makes the list due to the massive signing bonus ($37 million) he received as part of his contract extension with the team signed in 2012.

5. Kobe Bryant $46,850,000

The basketball star's season with the Los Angeles Lakers came to an end when he suffered an injury during the NBA playoffs, but Bryant still pulled down more than $46 million at age 34.

6. Roger Federer $43,424,842

The tennis ace just keeps plugging along. Last year he topped the list for international athletes. This year, he falls to No. 2 behind Beckham.

7. Fernando Alonso $42,800,000

The Formula One series driver lapped the field as it relates to his contemporaries, pulling in a big number due to his success on the track and via endorsement overseas.

8. Tiger Woods $40,839,027

Woods is returning to form on the course -- he won his fourth tournament of the PGA Tour season last weekend -- and he's still making plenty of dough. Plus he scored another victory over another golfer on this list -- Phil Mickelson.

9. Phil Mickelson $39,528,000

Mickelson, affectionately known as "Lefty" checks in just a few bucks behind Woods on this list.  According to SI, $36,000,000 of Mickelson's total comes from endorsements.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo $35,300,000

Ronaldo -- recognized as one of the two best soccer players in the world (along with Lionel Messi) --rounds out the Top 10.

 

 

 

 

 

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