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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 2016 (reflecting top 2015 earning), to help you figure out the current highest paid athlete. Forbes wealthiest 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.

Who's the highest paid athlete and the highest paid sportsman? For more sports rumors and athlete trades gossip, visit this list of sports news sites.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Floyd Mayweather Jr. age 40 - 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 32 - 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 33 - 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 30 - Earnings: $64.7 million

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Kobe Bryant age 39 - 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 42 - Earnings: $62.1 million

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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Roger Federer age 36 - 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 47 - 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 31 - Earnings: $44.5 million

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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Matt Ryan age 32 - 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 39 - Earnings: $41.8 million

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Zlatan Ibrahimović age 36 - Earnings: $40.4 million

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Derrick Rose age 29 - 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 28 - Earnings: $36.4 million

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Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Radamel Falcao age 31 - Earnings: $35.4 million

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Neymar age 25 - Earnings: $33.6 million

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Novak Djokovic age 30 - 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 29 - Earnings: $33 million

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Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Lewis Hamilton age 32 - 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 29 - Earnings: $31.9 million

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Fernando Alonso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Fernando Alonso age 36 - Earnings: $31 million

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Mahendra Singh Dhoni age 36 - Earnings: $30 million

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Dwyane Wade age 35 - Earnings: $29.9 million

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Carmelo Anthony age 33 - 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 41 - Earnings: $28 million

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Peyton Manning age 41 - 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 35 - 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 43 - 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 32 - Earnings: $25.5 million

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Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Cliff Lee age 39 - Earnings: $25.3 million

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Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Joe Mauer age 34 - 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 age 34 - Earnings: $24.6 million

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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Zack Greinke age 34 - 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 30 - 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 43 - 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 28 - Earnings: $24.3 million

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Chris Paul age 32 - 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 37 - Earnings: $24.2 million

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Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Prince Fielder age 33 - Earnings: $23.9 million

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Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Darrelle Revis age 32 - Earnings: $23.8 million

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Li Na is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Li Na age 35 - Earnings: $23.6 million

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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Jimmie Johnson age 42 - 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 32 - Earnings: $23.4  million

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Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Sergio Agüero age 29 - 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 31 - 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 39 - 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 age 28 - 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 42 - 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 38 - 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 37 - Earnings: $22.7 million