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World's Top Paid Athlete for 2013

Each year since 2004, Sports Illustrated Magazine's have published the Fortunate 50 (top paid US athletes) and the International 20 (top paid other athletes). It made sense to combine these two and create the World 10.

We have combined the 2013 Fortunate 50 and the 2013 International 20 lists to give you the top 10 paid athletes in the world in 2013 according to Sports Illustrated. Compare this list to the Forbes 2013 Top Paid Athletes List. Earning totals are based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.

Rank Name Country Sport earnings
(US$ mil)
previous year
1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. USA Boxing $90.0 1
2. LeBron James USA Basketball $56.5 7
3. David Beckham UK Soccer $48.3 6
4. Drew Brees USA American Football $47.80 NR
5. Kobe Bryant USA Basketball $46.85 5
6. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis $43.4 4
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing $42.8 ?
8. Tiger Woods USA Golf $40.8 3
9. Phil Mickelson USA Golf $39.5 2
10. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Soccer $35.3 9

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