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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 2015 (reflecting top 2014 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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    United States of America Earnings: $105 million

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    Portugal Earnings: $80 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $72.3 million

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    Spain, Argentina Earnings: $64.7 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $61.5 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $62.1 million

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    South Africa, Switzerland Earnings: $56.2 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $53.2 million

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    Spain Earnings: $44.5 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $43.8 milion

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    Philippines Earnings: $41.8 million

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    Sweden Earnings: $40.4 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $36.6 million

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    United Kingdom, Wales Earnings: $36.4 million

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    Colombia Earnings: $35.4 million

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    Brazil Earnings: $33.6 million

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    Serbia Earnings: $33.1 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $33 million

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    United Kingdom Earnings: $32 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $31.9 million

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    Fernando Alonso Spain Earnings: $31 million

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    India Earnings: $30 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $29.9 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $29.4 million

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    Ukraine Earnings: $28 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $27.1 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $26.7 million

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr United States Earnings: $25.9 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $25.5 million

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    Earnings: $25.3 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $24.8 million

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    Venezuela Earnings: $24.6 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $24.5 million

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    Russia Earnings: $24.4 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $24.3 million

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    Northern Ireland Earnings: $24.3 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $24.2 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $24.2 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $23.9 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $23.8 million

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    China Earnings: $23.6 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $23.5 million

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    United Kingdom, England Earnings: $23.4  million

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    Argentina Earnings: $23.3 million

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    Jamaica Earnings: $23.2 million

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    Germany Earnings: $23.2 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $23 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $22.9 million

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    Venezuela, United States of America Earnings: $22.9 million

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    United States of America Earnings: $22.7 million

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