2006 SI International 20

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's International 20 list for the year 2006, 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 2006 Fortunate 50 list.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Michael Schumacher Germany Auto Racing 80.0 1
2. Valentino Rossi Italy Motor Sports 30.0 3
3. Ronaldinho Brazil Soccer 29.1 -
4. Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 25.4 5
5. David Beckham Great Britain Soccer 23.0 2
6. Ichiro Suzuki Japan Baseball 22.5 8
7. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 22.1 -
8. Ronaldo Brazil Soccer 21.6 4
9. Hideki Matsui Japan Baseball 21.0 19
10. Christian Vieri Italy Soccer 20.0 15


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