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The World's Highest Paid Athletes from 2010

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sportspeople from 2010, from the list SportsMoney 50-50 list published by Forbes in August 2010. Again it is topped by Tiger Woods, who earned $105 million, down slightly on his previous year's earnings. We don't expect it to be any higher on the next year's list - will it be the first time Tiger has been not number one since 2004?

New to this list is Floyd Mayweather, and straight to no.2! The highest ranked female was tennis player Maria Sharapova, ranked 35th with $24.5 million earnings. See all the top 10 list of 2010 highest paid female athletes.

The Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for the period June 2009 to June 2010. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years. See also the top 10 highest paid in 2010 according to Sports Illustrated.

Rank Name Sport Nationality earning ($ million) previous year
1 Tiger Woods golf USA 105.0 1
2 Floyd Mayweather boxing USA 65.0 >10
3 Kobe Bryant basketball USA 48.0 2
4 Phil Mickelson golf USA 46.0 =6
5 David Beckham soccer UK 43.7 5
6 Roger Federer tennis Switzerland 43.0 >10
7 LeBron James basketball USA 42.8 =6
8 Manny Pacquiao boxing Philippines 42.0 =6
9 Eli Manning American Football USA 39.9 >10
10 Terrell Suggs American Football USA 38.3 >10

next on the list were: Julius Peppers, Alex Rodriguez, Christiano Ronaldo, Kimi Raikkonen, Philip Rivers, Valentino Rossi, Shaquille O'Neal, Dale Earnhardt, Derek Jeter, and Lewis Hamilton.


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