2009 SI International 20

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's International 20 list for the year 2009, ranking the highest paid athletes from around the world.

As with all International 20 lists, it only includes athletes from outside of the USA, sorted by total earnings (salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees). See also the top 10 American athletes on the 2009 Fortunate 50 list.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. David Beckham Great Britain Soccer 45.2 1
2. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Auto Racing 40.1 2
3. Manny Pacquiao Philippines Boxing 40.0 -
4. Lionel Messi Argentina Soccer 39.9 4
=5. Valentino Rossi Italy Motor Sports 35.0 7
=5. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing 35.0 6
7. Yao Ming China Basketball 33.1 8
8. Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Auto Racing 32.8 11
9. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 29.6 5
10. Vijay Singh Fiji Golf 28.7 -

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