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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.

1
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 41 - Earnings: $105 million

2
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $80 million

3
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34 - Earnings: $72.3 million

4
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31 - Earnings: $64.7 million

5
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 40 - Earnings: $61.5 million

6
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 43 - Earnings: $62.1 million

7
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 37 - Earnings: $56.2 million

8
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 48 - Earnings: $53.2 million

9
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 32 - Earnings: $44.5 million

10
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $43.8 milion

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 40 - Earnings: $41.8 million

12
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 37 - Earnings: $40.4 million

13
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30 - Earnings: $36.6 million

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Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 29 - Earnings: $36.4 million

15
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 32 - Earnings: $35.4 million

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 26 - Earnings: $33.6 million

17
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31 - Earnings: $33.1 million

18
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30 - Earnings: $33 million

19
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $32 million

20
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30 - Earnings: $31.9 million

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Fernando Alonso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 37 - Earnings: $31 million

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 37 - Earnings: $30 million

23
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 36 - Earnings: $29.9 million

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34 - Earnings: $29.4 million

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Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 42 - Earnings: $28 million

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 42 - Earnings: $27.1 million

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 36 - Earnings: $26.7 million

28
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 44 - Earnings: $25.9 million

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $25.5 million

30
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 40 - Earnings: $25.3 million

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Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 35 - Earnings: $24.8 million

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Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 35 - Earnings: $24.6 million

33
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 35 - Earnings: $24.5 million

34
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31 - Earnings: $24.4 million

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 44 - Earnings: $24.3 million

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Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 29 - Earnings: $24.3 million

37
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $24.2 million

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CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 38 - Earnings: $24.2 million

39
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34 - Earnings: $23.9 million

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Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $23.8 million

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Li Na is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 36 - Earnings: $23.6 million

42
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 43 - Earnings: $23.5 million

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33 - Earnings: $23.4  million

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Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30 - Earnings: $23.3 million

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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 32 - Earnings: $23.2 million

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 40 - Earnings: $23.2 million

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 29 - Earnings: $23 million

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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 43 - Earnings: $22.9 million

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Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 39 - Earnings: $22.9 million

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Mark Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 38 - Earnings: $22.7 million