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Forbes 100 Highest-Paid Athletes

Every year Forbes puts together a list of the worlds highest paid athletes.  Tiger Woods has been the world’s best paid athlete since 2001 but this year,  boxing great Floyd “Money ” Mayweather Jr. tops the Forbes 100 Highest-Paid Athletes list with an earnings of $85 million.  The top sports that have athletes represented on the list are NFL(30), MLB(22), NBA(13), Soccer(10), Tennis(5), Golf(5), Boxing(4), NASCAR(4), Formula One racing(3), Cricket(2), Motorcycle racing(1), Track and field(1)

Forbes 100 Highest-Paid Athletes

RankAthleteSportEarningTeam
1Floyd MayweatherBoxing$85 million
2Manny PacquiaoBoxing$62 million
3Tiger WoodsGolf$59.4 million
4LeBron JamesNBA$53 millionMiami Heat
5Roger FedererTennis$52.7 million
6Kobe BryantNBA$52.3 millionLos Angeles Lakers
7Phil MickelsonGolf$47.8 million
8David BeckhamSoccer$46 millionLos Angeles Galaxy
9Cristiano RonaldoSoccer$42.5 millionReal Madrid
10Peyton ManningNFL$42.4 millionDenver Broncos
11Lionel MessiSoccer$39 millionFC Barcelona
12Haloti NgataNFL$37.3 millionBaltimore Ravens
13Larry FitzgeraldNFL$36.8 millionArizona Cardinals
14Ndamukong SuhNFL$36 millionDetroit Lions
15Charles JohnsonNFL$34.4 millionCarolina Panthers
16Mario WilliamsNFL$33.2 millionBuffalo Bills
16Rafael NadalTennis$33.2 million
18Alex RodriguezMLB$33 millionNew York Yankees
19Fernando AlonsoFormula One racing$32 million
20Michael SchumacherFormula One racing$30 million
20Valentino RossiMotorcycle racing$30 million
22Darrelle RevisNFL$28.3 millionNew York Jets
23Dale Earnhardt Jr.NASCAR$28.2 million
24Wladimir KlitschkoBoxing$28 million
24Lewis HamiltonFormula One racing$28 million
26Maria SharapovaTennis$27.9 million
27Sam BradfordNFL$27.8 millionSt. Louis Rams
28Tom BradyNFL$27.1 millionNew England Patriots
29Joe MauerMLB$27 millionMinnesota Twins
30Eli ManningNFL$26.6 millionNew York Giants
31LaMarr WoodleyNFL$26.5 millionPittsburgh Steelers
31Mahendra Singh DhoniCricket$26.5 million
33Dwight HowardNBA$25.6 millionOrlando Magic
34Kevin DurantNBA$25.5 millionOklahoma City Thunder
35Dwyane WadeNBA$24.7 millionMiami Heat
36Derek JeterMLB$24.5 millionNew York Yankees
37Wayne RooneySoccer$24.3 millionManchester United
38Mark SanchezNFL$24.2 millionNew York Jets
39Ichiro SuzukiMLB$24 millionSeattle Mariners
40CC SabathiaMLB$23.8 millionNew York Yankees
40Johan SantanaMLB$23.8 millionNew York Mets
42Jeff GordonNASCAR$23.6 million
43Ben RoethlisbergerNFL$23.3 millionPittsburgh Steelers
44Carmelo AnthonyNBA$22.9 millionNew York Knicks
45Mark TeixeiraMLB$22.8 millionNew York Yankees
46Amare StoudemireNBA$22.7 millionNew York Knicks
47Tony StewartNASCAR$22.3 million
48Luke DonaldGolf$22.2 million
49Vernon WellsMLB$22.1 millionAnaheim Angels
50Michael VickNFL$22 millionPhiladelphia Eagles
51Logan MankinsNFL$21.9 millionNew England Patriots
51Richard SeymourNFL$21.9 millionOakland Raiders
53Adrian PetersonNFL$21.5 millionMinnesota Vikings
53Ryan HowardMLB$21.5 millionPhiladelphia Phillies
53Jimmie JohnsonNASCAR$21.5 million
56Jon BeasonNFL$21.4 millionCarolina Panthers
57Kevin GarnettNBA$21.1 millionBoston Celtics
58Matthew StaffordNFL$20.9 millionDetroit Lions
59Miguel CabreraMLB$20.8 millionDetroit Tigers
59KakáSoccer$20.8 millionReal Madrid
61Roy HalladayMLB$20.6 millionPhiladelphia Phillies
61Novak DjokovicTennis$20.6 million
63D\’Brickashaw FergusonNFL$20.3 millionNew York Jets
63Usain BoltTrack and field$20.3 million
65Sergio AgueroSoccer$20.1 millionManchester City
66DeAngelo WilliamsNFL$19.9 millionCarolina Panthers
67Joe ThomasNFL$19.8 millionCleveland Browns
68Eric BerryNFL$19.6 millionKansas City Chiefs
68Prince FielderMLB$19.6 millionDetroit Tigers
68Fernando TorresSoccer$19.6 millionChelsea
71Ryan KalilNFL$19.4 millionCarolina Panthers
72Chris PaulNBA$19.2 millionLos Angeles Clippers
73Tim DuncanNBA$19.1 millionSan Antonio Spurs
73Yaya TouréSoccer$19.1 millionManchester City
75Miguel CottoBoxing$19 million
76Barry ZitoMLB$18.9 millionSan Francisco Giants
77Robert MathisNFL$18.7 millionIndianapolis Colts
78Lawrence TimmonsNFL$18.6 millionPittsburgh Steelers
78Carlos LeeMLB$18.6 millionHouston Astros
78Sachin TendulkarCricket$18.6 million
81Li Na$18.4 million
82Alfonso SorianoMLB$18.3 millionChicago Cubs
82Torii HunterMLB$18.3 millionAnaheim Angels
84Deron WilliamsNBA$18.2 millionBrooklyn Nets
85Jonathan JosephNFL$18.1 millionHouston Texans
86Darnell DockettNFL$18 millionArizona Cardinals
87Matt HollidayMLB$17.6 millionSt. Louis Cardinals
88Justin VerlanderMLB$17.5 millionDetroit Tigers
88Rashard LewisNBA$17.5 millionWashington Wizards
88John TerrySoccer$17.5 millionChelsea
91Carlos ZambranoMLB$17.4 millionMiami Marlins
91Albert PujolsMLB$17.4 millionAnaheim Angels
91Ernie ElsGolf$17.4 million
91Rory McIlroyGolf$17.4 million
95Pau GasolNBA$17.2 millionLos Angeles Lakers
96Russell OkungNFL$17.1 millionSeattle Seahawks
97Steven GerrardSoccer$17 millionLiverpool
98Carl CrawfordMLB$16.9 millionBoston Red Sox
99Rolando McClainNFL$16.7 millionOakland Raiders
100Jake PeavyMLB$16.6 millionChicago White Sox
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