2007 SI International 20

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's International 20 list for the year 2007, 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 2007 Fortunate 50 list.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing 35.0 15
2. Ronaldinho Brazil Soccer 32.7 3
3. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 31.3 7
4. Valentino Rossi Italy Motor Sports 30.0 2
5. David Beckham Great Britain Soccer 29.7 5
6. Yao Ming China Basketball 27.5 13
7. Ichiro Suzuki Japan Baseball 24.0 6
8. Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 23.8 4
9. Thierry Henry France Soccer 21.4 -
10. Michael Ballack Germany Soccer 20.9 -

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