World's Top Paid Athlete for 2010

Each year (since 2004) Sports Illustrated Magazine's have published the Fortunate 50 (top paid US athletes) and the International 20 (top paid other athletes). It made sense to combine these two and create the World 10.

We have combined the 2010 Fortunate 50 and the 2010 International 20 lists to give you the top 10 paid athletes in the world in 2010 according to Sports Illustrated. Compare this list to the Forbes 2010 Top Paid Athletes List. Earning totals are based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Tiger Woods USA Golf 90.5 1
2. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 61.8 >10
3. Phil Mickelson USA Golf 61.7 2
4. Floyd Mayweather Jr. USA Boxing 60.3 >10
5. LeBron James USA Basketball 45.8 4
6. Lionel Messi Argentina Soccer 44.0 7
7. David Beckham Great Britain Soccer 40.5 3
8. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Soccer 40.0 >10
9. Manny Pacquiao Philippines Boxing 38.0 6
=10. Alex Rodriguez USA Baseball 37.0 8
=10. Ichiro Suzuki Japan Baseball 37.0 >10

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