Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes
Whether you’re a serious athlete or just in it for the fun, you may be just as curious as we are here at our Dubai marketing agency, y2m, to learn how much the pros earned last year. Here’s a list of the top ten highest paid athletes in the world. The total earnings of these athletes are derived from their salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, endorsement and licensing in 2012. Forbes Magazine reports that the 100 top-paid athletes earned $2.6 billion combined in 2012. Keep in mind that below earnings are before taxes and athlete’s agent’s fees, not so shabby, if you ask me!
1. Floyd Mayweather (Boxer)
Mayweather is a 36 year old American world champion boxer who has won eight world titles and the Lineal championship.
Total Earnings in 2012: $86 million
Salary/winnings: $86 million
2. Manny Pacquiao (Boxer)
Pacquiao is the first Filipino eight-division world champion in which he has won ten world titles. The 34 year old also the first to win the lineal championship in four different weigh divisions.
Total Earnings in 2012: $61 million
Salary/winnings: $55 million
Endorsements: $6 million
3. Tiger Woods (Golfer)
Woods is a 37 year old American golfer who ranks as one of the most successful golfers of all time.
Total Earnings in 2012: $59.5 million
Salary/winnings: $4.5 million
Endorsements: $55 million
4. LeBron James (Basketball Player)
James is an American basketball player. The 28 year old plays for the Miami Heat of the National.
Total Earnings in 2012: $54 million
Salary/winnings: $13 million
Endorsements: $40 million
5. Roger Federer (Tennis Player)
The 31 year old Swiss tennis player is considered one of [the greatest tennis players of all time.
Total Earnings in 2012: $52.8 million
Salary/winnings: $7.8 million
Endorsements: $45 million
6. Kobe Bryant (Basketball Player)
Bryant is 34 year old popular American basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Total Earnings in 2012: $52.4 million
Salary/winnings: $20.4 million
Endorsements: $32 million
7. Phil Mickelson (Golfer)
Mickelson is a 43 year old American golfer who has won four major championships and a total of 41 events on the PGA Tour.
Total Earnings in 2012: $47.7 million
Salary/winnings: $4.7 million
Endorsements: $43 million
8. David Beckham (Soccer Player)
Beckham is a successful 38 year old English soccer player who currently plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.
Total Earnings in 2012: $46 million
Salary/winnings: $9 million
Endorsements: $37 million
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer Player)
At age 28, the Portuguese soccer player plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team.
Total Earnings in 2012: $42.7 million
Salary/winnings: $20.4 million
Endorsements: $22 million
10. Peyton Manning (Football NFL)
Manning is a 37 year old American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
Total Earnings in 2012: $42.5 million
Salary/winnings: $32.5 million
Endorsements: $10 million
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