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2008 SI International 20

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's International 20 list for the year 2008, 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 2008 Fortunate 50 list.

  Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. David Beckham Great Britain Soccer 48.2 5
2. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Auto Racing 46.0 -
3. Ronaldinho Brazil Soccer 37.5 2
4. Lionel Messi Argentina Soccer 35.8 -
5. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 35.1 3
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing 35.0 1
7. Valentino Rossi Italy Motor Sports 34.0 4
8. Yao Ming China Basketball 31.7 6
9. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Soccer 30.3 -
10. Ichiro Suzuki Japan Baseball 27.6 7


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