Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010

Last year Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from UK’s Manchester United to Spain’s Real Madrid for €94 million was the highest transfer ever paid for a footballer, and since he was moving to the richest football club, this would make all believe that he would be on the top of the highest paid athletes in the world but, guess what, he is not even in the top 7! Here is the list for the highest paid athletes in 2010:

1. Tiger Woods

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $105 million

Age: 35

Nike has built a $638 million (sales) golf division on Woods’ back, and pays the golfer $30 million annually.

2. Floyd Mayweather

Sport: Boxing

Country: USA

Income: $65 million

Age: 33

His May fight against Shane Mosley netted 1.4 million pay-per-view buys, the second-most lucrative non-heavyweight bout ever.

3. Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $48 million

Age: 32

Five-time NBA champ has the bestselling jersey in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

4. Phil Mickelson

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $46 million

Age: 40

World’s second-ranked golfer has designed only one golf course in U.S., but has five projects on tap in China.

5. David Beckham

Sport: Football

Country: UK

Income: $43.7 million

Age: 35

Former Armani pitchman is developing his own line of underwear and grooming products.

6. Roger Federer

Sport: Tennis

Country: Switzerland

Income: $43 million

Age: 29

The 16-time Grand Slam champion has 10-year endorsement deals including Nike, Wilson, Rolex and Jura.

7. LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $42.8 million

Age: 26

Two-time MVP heads to Miami with sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, State Farm and Upper Deck in tow.

Source: Forbes


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