Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World

Athletes work hard day and night in order to achieve excellence in their field of play. It is not an easy endeavour and takes a lot of efforts and perseverance to achieve success. They are well paid but the money does not come easy.


  • 1

    Floyd Mayweather

    With fight pay days of $40 million and $45 million each, the boxer was the highest paid athlete in the recently concluded year. The 36-year-old who has eight world titles to his name made a total of $85 million.

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  • 2

    Manny Pacquiao

    A boxer and a politician from Philippines, the 34-year-old has firstĀ eight-division world titles to his name and made a salary of $56 million and endorsements worth $6 million in 2012 to have a total of $62 million.

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  • 3

    Tiger Woods

    Despite losing some of the charm and endorsement after his alleged scandals, Woods still bagged $59.4 million in 2012. $55 million were still in endorsements.

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  • 4

    LeBron James

    One of the best basketball players ever, LeBron had a pay day of $53 million in 2013 with $40 million in endorsements.

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  • 5

    Roger Federer

    Regarded as the greatest tennis player of all times, Roger bagged a total of $52.7 million in 2012. No surprise that $45 million came by the way of endorsements.

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  • 6

    Kobe Bryant

    Nicknamed as the Black Mamba, the 15-time All-Star is still the lynch pin at the Los Angeles Lakers. He earned a total of $52.3 million in earnings in 2012, with $32 millions in endorsements.

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  • 7

    Phil Mickelson

    The 42-year-old is a force to reckon with at the PGA tour with 41 titles under his belt. With endorsements worth $43 million, he had a total pay day of $47.8 million.

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  • 8

    David Beckham

    The British football star was associated with LA Galaxy and helped his team win the Major League Soccer. With $37 million in endorsements, he made a total of $46 million.

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  • 9

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Portuguese footballer plays for Real Madrid in the La Liga and is one of the best players at this point in time. He earned a total of $42.5 million in 2012, $20.5 million in salary.

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  • 10

    Peyton Manning

    Current quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Manning was associated with the Indianapolis Colts for 14 years. Last year he earned a total $42.4 million including a whopping $32.4 million salary.

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