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The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

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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), to help you figure out the current highest paid athlete. Forbes weathliest athletes list 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, earning them spots on this list as the best paid athlete in the world.

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. age 38 Earnings: $105 million

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    Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Cristiano Ronaldo age 30 Earnings: $80 million

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    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    LeBron James age 31 Earnings: $72.3 million

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    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Lionel Messi age 28 Earnings: $64.7 million

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    37 Earnings: $61.5 million

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    Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Tiger Woods age 40 Earnings: $62.1 million

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    age 34 Earnings: $56.2 million

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    Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Phil Mickelson age 45 Earnings: $53.2 million

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    Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Rafael Nadal age 29 Earnings: $44.5 million

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    age 30 Earnings: $43.8 milion

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Manny Pacquiáo age 37 Earnings: $41.8 million

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    age 34 Earnings: $40.4 million

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    age 27 Earnings: $36.6 million

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    Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Gareth Bale age 26 Earnings: $36.4 million

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    age 29 Earnings: $35.4 million

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    age 23 Earnings: $33.6 million

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    age 28 Earnings: $33.1 million

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    Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Matthew Stafford age 27 Earnings: $33 million

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    age 30 Earnings: $32 million

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    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Kevin Durant age 27 Earnings: $31.9 million

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    age 34 Earnings: $31 million

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    age 34 Earnings: $30 million

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    age 33 Earnings: $29.9 million

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    age 31 Earnings: $29.4 million

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    Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Wladimir Klitschko age 39 Earnings: $28 million

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    39 Earnings: $27.1 million

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    Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Amar'e Stoudemire age 33 Earnings: $26.7 million

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Dale Earnhardt Jr age 41 Earnings: $25.9 million

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    Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Dwight Howard age 30 Earnings: $25.5 million

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    age 37 Earnings: $25.3 million

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    age 32 Earnings: $24.8 million

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    Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Miguel Cabrera 32 Earnings: $24.6 million

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    age 32 Earnings: $24.5 million

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    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Maria Sharapova age 28 Earnings: $24.4 million

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    Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Derek Jeter age 41 Earnings: $24.3 million

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    Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Rory McIlroy age 26 Earnings: $24.3 million

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    30 Earnings: $24.2 million

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    CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    CC Sabathia age 35 Earnings: $24.2 million

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    age 31 Earnings: $23.9 million

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    age 30 Earnings: $23.8 million

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    age 33 Earnings: $23.6 million

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    age 40 Earnings: $23.5 million

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    Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Wayne Rooney age 30 Earnings: $23.4  million

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    age 27 Earnings: $23.3 million

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    Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Usain Bolt age 29 Earnings: $23.2 million

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    Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Dirk Nowitzki age 37 Earnings: $23.2 million

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    Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Blake Griffin 26 Earnings: $23 million

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    Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Alex Rodriguez age 40 Earnings: $22.9 million

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    Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Johan Santana age 36 Earnings: $22.9 million

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    Mark Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

    Mark Teixeira age 35 Earnings: $22.7 million

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