2012 SI International 20

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's International 20 list for the year 2012, 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).

Tennis player Roger Federer is again on top of the list, for the fourth straight year. Female tennis player Maria Sharopova slipped into the top 10, the first time a female has achieved this on the International 20 since she was ranked 8th in 2007. See also the top 10 American athletes on the 2012 Fortunate 50 list.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ mill) previous year
1. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis $51.4 1
2 David Beckham UK Soccer $46.0 11
3. Lionel Messi Argentina Soccer $41.25 4
4. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Soccer $40.25 5
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing $40.0 3
6. Manny Pacquiao Philippines Boxing $39.0 2
7. Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Soccer $30.7 Not Ranked
8. Rafael Nadal Spain Tennis $29.0 7
9. Valentino Rossi Italy Auto Racing $28.0 8
10. Maria Sharopova Russia Tennis $26.5 Not Ranked

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