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Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes

From Mayweather to Kobe Bryant, here are the world’s highest paid sports stars

Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
From Mayweather to Kobe Bryant, here are the world’s highest paid athletes, according to figures compiled by Forbes.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
10. Kobe Bryant: One of three basketball stars on the list, Bryant earnsed $49.5 million in winnings and endorsements. In 2014 and 2015, he had the highest salary in the NBA. However, that changed due to injuries which limited his performance.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
9. Tiger Woods (golf): Former No.1 golfer experienced a staggering fall from grace due to a crisis in his personal life which impacted his game. However, he still earned $50.6 million.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
8. Phil Mickelson: Five-time golf champion Mickelson earned $50.8 million a year. Most of the earnings come from endorsement deals with Callaway, Barclays, KPMG, Exxon Mobile, Rolex, and Amgen.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
7. Kevin Durant: Another basketball player, Durant was paid $54.1 million. He’s a four-time NBA scoring champion.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
6. LeBron James: $64.8 million is LeBron’s regular pay check. James is the first NBA player to appear in five consecutive NBA finals since the 1960s.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
5. Roger Federer: While his world ranking dropped to number seven in 2013, Tennis player Federer bounced back to number two last year with earning of $67 million.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
4. Lionel Messi: Barcelona’s team player earned $73.8 million. The Argentinian holds the record for the most goals in Barcelona history.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: Everyone’s favourite footballer earned a little more than $79.5 million. The 30-year-old Real Madrid player scored over 60 goals in each of the last four calendar years.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
2. Manny Pacquiao: Although he earned a little more than half of what his opponent, Mayweather, earned, he still took the second spot with $160 million.
Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: They don’t call him “money” for nothing. Mayweather earned $300 million in the last year alone. The boxer’s May fight with Manny Pacquiao topped boxing’s financial records and was dubbed history’s biggest match.