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The World's Highest Paid Athletes List 2011

Here are the top 10 of the highest earning sports people from 2011, taken from the list 'The World's 50 Highest-Paid Athletes' published by Forbes magazine in May. Tiger was again the top ranked athlete, though he took a $30 million hit on his earnings compared to the previous year, and his reign of 10 consecutive top positions may be coming to the end. The highest paid female athlete was Maria Sharapova ranked 29th with 24.2 million dollars in earnings.

Earnings totals (US dollars) are derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing and endorsement income in the 12 months from May 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011. Taxes or agents' fees are not factored into the figures. See also the top earning lists from other years. See also the top 10 highest paid in 2011 according to Sports Illustrated and the Richest Sporting Events In The World for 2011.

Rank Name Sport Nationality earning ($ million) previous year
1 Tiger Woods golf USA 75 1
2 Kobe Bryant basketball USA 53 3
3 LeBron James basketball USA 48 7
4 Roger Federer tennis Switzerland 47 6
5 Phil Mickelson golf USA 46.5 4
6 David Beckham soccer UK 40 5
7 Cristiano Ronaldo soccer Portugal 38 13
8 Alex Rodriguez baseball Dominican 35 12
9 Michael Schumacher F1 racing Germany 34 >20
10 Lionel Messi soccer Argentina 32.3 >20

Next on the list were: Fernando Alonso, Rafael Nadal, Valentino Rossi, Tom Brady, Lwis Hamilton, Derek Jeter, Dale Earnhardt, Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Peyton Manning ...


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