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The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010  

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Earning over $20 million during the year, the world's 50 top-earning athletes from 2010 include professional football, baseball, basketball and soccer players, boxers, auto racers, cyclists and even golfers. In fact one notable golfer ranks atop all other athletes for 2010 income, Tiger Woods, who brought in a whopping $105 million.

Though no other athletes broke the $100-million mark for 2010, each of these top sports stars led all others in their field and raked in the cash during the year.

In addition to their blockbuster contracts for playing the sport they are best at, these top-earning athletes earned millions for just showing up, like for a photo or commercial shoot, or by lending their name to one product or another.

Of all major sports, only one is notably missing from this list, professional hockey players. Perhaps that's why there are so many billionaire NHL owners instead.
list ordered by
1
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 43
Income: $105 million
2
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 41
Income: $65 million
3
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 40
Income: $48 million
4
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 48
Income: $46 million
5
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 43
Income:$43.7 million
6
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 37
Income: $43 million
7
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 34
Income: $42.8 million
8
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
9
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 34
Income: $39.9 million
10
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 33
Income: $38.3 million
11
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 35
Income: $36 million
12
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 43
Income: $35.9 million
13
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 34
Income: $35.8 million
14
Kimi Räikkönen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 39
Income: $34 million
15
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 34
Income: $32.1 million
16
Valentino Rossi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 40
Income: $32 million
17
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 46
Income: $31 million
18
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 44
Income: $30 million
19
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 44
Income: $29.7 million
20
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 34
Income: $29 million
21
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 38
Income: $28.4 million
22
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 39
Income: $28.2 million
23
Fernando Alonso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 37
Income: $28 million
24
Michael Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 50
Income: $28 million
25
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes 2010
age 37
Income: $27.3 million