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The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

List of the highest paid athletes in the world, professional athletes who make the most money annually. This is Forbes annual list of the highest-paid professional athletes, updated for 2013 (reflecting top 2012 earning). Forbes uses salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing deals and endorsement contracts to determine which athletes earned the most during the previous year. (Taxes and fees paid to representatives like agents are not factored in.)

So who are the highest paid athletes? This list includes elite athletes from all sports -- from Cristiano Ronaldo in soccer to boxing sensation, Manny Pacquiao. The athletes on this list play 11 different sports and the most highly paid athletes tend to be baseball players. Americans dominate the list, but there are athletes from 23 different countries in the top 100. Nike has sponsorship deals with at least 75% of the most highly paid athletes in the world. The deals range from a $10,000 baseball glove deal to $20 million a year players like LeBron James and Tiger Woods, who are the faces behind massive product launches.

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  1. 1
    1975 More
    Earnings: $78.1 million
  2. 2
    1981 More
    Earnings: $47 million
  3. 3
    1978 More
    Earnings: $61.9 million
  4. 4
    1984 More
    Earnings: $59.8 million
  5. 5
    1979 More
    Earnings: $51 million
  6. 6
    1983 More
    Earnings: $49 million
  7. 7
    1970 More
    Earnings: $48.7 million
  8. 8
    1975 More
    Earnings: $47.2 million
  9. 9
    1985 More
    Earnings: $44 million
  10. 10
    1987 More
    Earnings: $41.3 million
  11. 11
    1988 More
    Earnings: $37.4 million
  12. 12
    1985 More
    Earnings: 36.8 million
  13. 13
    1978 More
    Earnings: $34 million
  14. 14
    1977 More
  15. 15
    1981 More
    Earnings: $31.5 million
  16. 16

    Michael Schumacher

    1969 More
    Earnings: $34 million
  17. 17
    1975 More
    Earnings: $30.3 million
  18. 18
    1976 More
    Earnings: $30 million
  19. 19

    Fernando Alonso

    1981 More
    Earnings: $30 million
  20. 20
    1989 More
    Earnings: $29.6 million
  21. 21
    1987 More
    Earnings: $29 million
  22. 22
    1982 More
    Earnings: $28.9 million
  23. 23
    1980 More
    Earnings: $28.8 million
  24. 24
    1984 More
    Earnings: $28 million
  25. 25

    Lewis Hamilton

    1985 More
    Earnings: $27.5 million

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