List of ESPN Top Salaries by Country in 2011

Here is a list of the highest paid athletes from each country of the world in 2011, according to ESPN The Magazine, sorted by salary.

This is the complete list of 182 countries that were analyzed. 114 out of the 182 are soccer players. See a discussion and further analysis of this list. This list is also available sorted by per capita GDP and in alphabetical order. The USA and Philippines produced the highest paid athletes, with the lowest paid being sprinter Michael Junior Jackson from the Polynesian island of Niue.

Rank Country Best-Paid Athlete Annual Salary Sport
1 USA Alex Rodriguez 32,000,000 baseball
2 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 32,000,000 boxing
3 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 26,333,333 auto racing
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 22,736,842 auto racing
5 Venezuela Johan Santana 21,644,707 baseball
6 Italy Valentino Rossi 20,800,000 motorcycle racing
7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 19,500,000 soccer
8 Puerto Rico Carlos Beltran 19,325,436 baseball
9 Argentina Carlos Tevez 19,000,000 soccer
10 Panama Carlos Lee 19,000,000 baseball
11 Dominican Republic Alfonso Soriano 19,000,000 baseball
12 U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan 18,700,000 basketball
13 England Lewis Hamilton 18,473,684 auto racing
14 Ivory Coast Yaya Toure 18,200,000 soccer
15 Canada Jason Bay 18,125,000 baseball
16 Japan Ichiro Suzuki 18,000,000 baseball
17 Russia Andrei Kirilenko 17,822,187 basketball
18 China Yao Ming 17,700,000 basketball
19 Germany Dirk Nowitzki 17,278,618 basketball
20 Brazil Felipe Massa 17,052,632 auto racing
21 Serbia Peja Stojakovic 15,602,138 basketball
22 France Franck Ribery 14,100,000 soccer
23 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic 12,700,000 soccer
24 Haiti Samuel Dalembert 12,200,000 basketball
25 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 11,900,000 soccer
26 Sudan Luol Deng 11,355,850 basketball
27 Australia Andrew Bogut 11,050,000 basketball
28 Mexico Jorge De La Rosa 10,000,000 baseball
29 Netherlands Nigel De Jong 10,500,000 soccer
30 Poland Robert Kubica 10,657,895 auto racing
31 New Zealand Russell Coutts 10,000,000 yachting
32 Turkey Hedo Turkoglu 9,800,000 basketball
33 Chile Mark Gonzalez 9,324,958 soccer
34 Latvia Andris Biedrins 9,000,000 basketball
35 Mali Frederic Kanoute 8,600,000 soccer
36 Bosnia Edin Dzeko 8,470,000 soccer
37 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 8,000,000 soccer
38 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 6-8M boxing
39 Slovakia Marian Hossa 7,900,000 hockey
40 Switzerland Roger Federer 7,698,289 tennis
41 Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz 7,668,947 soccer
42 Czech Republic Petr Cech 7,400,000 soccer
43 Uruguay Diego Forlan 7,169,746 soccer
44 Israel Yossi Benayoun 6,859,267 soccer
45 Ireland John O'shea 6,800,000 soccer
46 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov 6,700,000 soccer
47 Senegal DeSagana Diop 6,478,600 basketball
48 Austria Thomas Vanek 6,400,000 hockey
49 Ecuador Antonio Valencia 6,361,983 soccer
50 Wales Ryan Giggs 6,300,000 soccer
51 Montenegro Mirko Vucinic 6,020,000 soccer
52 Slovenia Anze Kopitar 6,000,000 hockey
53 Nigeria John Mikel Obi 5,800,000 soccer
54 Honduras David Suazo 5,716,476 soccer
55 Ghana Michael Essien 5,500,000 soccer
56 Peru Claudio Pizarro 5,448,894 soccer
57 South Africa Ernie Els 5,347,012 golf
58 Belgium Vincent Kompany 5,340,000 soccer
59 Guadeloupe Mickael Pietrus 5,300,000 basketball
60 Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 5,176,586 golf
61 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 5,088,410 auto racing
62 Romania Cristian Chivu 5,013,000 soccer
63 Scotland Darren Fletcher 5,000,000 soccer
64 Lithuania Linas Kleiza 4,995,000 basketball
65 Croatia Luka Modric 4,900,000 soccer
66 Tanzania Hasheem Thabeet 4,793,280 basketball
67 South Korea Ji-Sung Park 4,700,000 soccer
68 Norway John Carew 4,500,000 soccer
69 Denmark Daniel Agger 4,500,000 soccer
70 Greece Theodoros Papaloukas 4,400,000 basketball
71 Cuba Yuniesky Betancourt 4,300,000 baseball
72 Georgia Zaza Pachulia 4,251,250 basketball
73 Macedonia Goran Pandev 4,250,000 soccer
74 Morocco Marouane Chamakh 4,247,000 soccer
75 Martinique Ronny Turiaf 4,000,000 basketball
76 Suriname Clarence Seedorf 4,000,000 soccer
77 Kazakhstan Nik Antropov 3,750,000 hockey
78 French Guiana Florent Malouda 3,441,823 soccer
79 Zimbabwe Benjani Mwaruwari 3,405,584 soccer
80 Belarus Alexander Hleb 3,300,000 soccer
81 CuraĆ¾ao Jair Jurrjens 3,250,000 baseball
82 Republic of the Congo Christopher Samba 3,000,000 soccer
83 Oman Ali Al Habsi 3,000,000 soccer
84 Sierra Leone Madieu Williams 2,974,000 American football
85 New Caledonia Frederic Piquionne 2,972,339 soccer
86 Hungary Zoltan Gera 2,970,000 soccer
87 American Samoa Domata Peko 2,950,000 American football
88 Benin Stephane Sessegnon 2,800,000 soccer
89 Dem. Rep. of the Congo Herita Ilunga 2,730,000 soccer
90 Algeria Nadir Belhadj 2,779,000 soccer
91 Taiwan Hong-Chih Kuo 2,725,000 baseball
92 Luxembourg Andy Schleck 2,700,000 road bicycle racing
93 Jamaica Ricardo Gardner 2,613,074 soccer
94 Egypt Mohammed Zidan and Mohamed Abu Treika , 2,580,000 soccer
95 Iceland Eidur Gudjohnsen 2,538,000 soccer
96 Albania Lorik Cana 2,500,000 soccer
97 Tonga Chris Kemoeatu 2,369,000 American football
98 Seychelles Michael Mancienne 2,100,000 soccer
99 Estonia Ragnar Klavan 2,006,000 soccer
100 Nicaragua Vicente Padilla 2,000,000 baseball
101 India Ms Dhoni 1,800,000 cricket
102 Uganda Mathias Kiwanuka 1,776,000 American football
103 Costa Rica Bryan Ruiz 1,720,828 soccer
104 Faroe Islands Christian Holst 1,630,000 soccer
105 Iran Hamed Haddadi 1,600,000 basketball
106 Cyprus Constandinos Charalambides 1,589,000 soccer
107 Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 1,500,000 cricket
108 Moldova Alexandru Epureanu 1,433,000 soccer
109 Trinidad And Tobago Anthony Herrera 1,425,000 American football
110 Thailand Thongchai Jaidee 1,400,000 golf
111 Fiji Vijay Singh 1,334,262 golf
112 Kenya McDonald Mariga 1,300,000 soccer
113 Azerbaijan Aleksandr Samedov 1,287,000 soccer
114 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor 1,200,000 soccer
115 Malta Michael Mifsud 1,142,000 soccer
116 Libya Tariq El Taib 1,130,000 soccer
117 Burkina Faso Charles Kabore 1,118,000 soccer
118 Lebanon Youssef Mohamad 1,074,839 soccer
119 Namibia Collin Benjamin 1,000,000 soccer
120 Liechtenstein Martin Stocklasa 978,800 soccer
121 Greenland Jesper Gronkjaer 923,440 soccer
122 Iraq Nashat Akram 900,000 soccer
123 Bolivia Marcelo Moreno 883,449 soccer
124 Angola Manucho 865,579 soccer
125 Tunisia Karim Haggui 820,000 soccer
126 Guinea Ibrahima Yattara 717,000 soccer
127 Gabon Daniel Cousin 645,000 soccer
128 North Korea An Yong-Hak & Jong Tae-Se 619,107 soccer
129 Liberia Sekou Oliseh 573,000 soccer
130 Guinea-Bissau Almami Moreira 573,000 soccer
131 Malawi Tamika Mkandawire 571,000 soccer
132 Brunei Darussalam Craig Adams 550,000 hockey
133 Andorra Ildefons Lima 531,822 soccer
134 Mozambique Mate Simao Junior 516,000 soccer
135 Singapore Mardan Mamat 500,609 golf
136 Samoa David Tua 500,000 boxing
137 Bermuda Reggie Lambe 480,000 soccer
138 Equatorial Guinea Rodolfo Bodipo 430,000 soccer
139 Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 425,000 cricket
140 Syria Sanharib Malki 400,000 soccer
141 Kuwait Bader Al-Mutwa 400,000 soccer
142 Mongolia Hakuho 400,000 sumo
143 Qatar Sebastian Soria Quintana 391,000 soccer
144 Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan 360,000 soccer
145 UAE Ismail Matar 360,000 soccer
146 Botswana Mogogi Gabonamong 354,000 soccer
147 Mauritania Pascal Gourville 353,000 soccer
148 Somalia Abdisalam Ibrahim 340,000 soccer
149 Eritrea Zersenay Tadese 340,000 track and field
150 Ethiopia Tilahun Regassa 318,250 track and field
151 Zambia Chris Katongo 315,300 soccer
152 Gambia Ousman Jallow 314,000 soccer
153 Burundi Saidi Ntibazonkiza 315,000 soccer
154 Mauritius Diallo Guidileye 313,000 soccer
155 Guatemala Carlos Ruiz 306,670 soccer
156 Cape Verde Cafu 287,000 soccer
157 Papua New Guinea Nev Costigan 216,667 rugby league
158 Swaziland Tony Tsabedze 212,000 soccer
159 Central African Republic Eloge Enza Yanissi 206,000 soccer
160 Cook Islands Stan Wright 204,000 rugby union
161 Bahrain Abdullah Omar Ismail 202,086 soccer
162 El Salvador Arturo Alvarez 201,922 soccer
163 Niger Alhassane Issoufou 200,000 soccer
164 San Marino Aldo Simoncini 172,000 soccer
165 Vietnam Lee Nguyen 180000 soccer
166 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas 160,000 soccer
167 Kyrgyzstan Mirlan Murzaev 150,000 soccer
168 Jordan Odai Al-Saify 145,000 soccer
169 Tajikistan Farkhod Vasiev 145,000 soccer
170 Comoros Kassim Abdallah 120,000 soccer
171 Pakistan Shahid Afridi 136,000 cricket
172 Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh 120,000 soccer
173 Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 106,000 badminton
174 Madagascar Anicet Andrianantenaina 86,000 soccer
175 Palestine Fadi Lafi 65,000 soccer
176 Rwanda Olivier Karekezi 52,000 soccer
177 Djibouti Ismail Ahmed Kadar Hassan 51,500 soccer
178 Lesotho Lehlohonolo Seema 34,300 soccer
179 Chad Misdongarde Betoligar 21,500 soccer
180 Tahiti Fabrice Santoro 19,500 tennis
181 Nepal Santosh Sahukhala 8,430 soccer
182 Niue Michael Junior Jackson 5,000 track and field

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