Revealed: The Mideast highest paid sports stars

Turkish basketball player Mehmet Okur of New Jersey Nets tops the list
Revealed: The Mideast highest paid sports stars
By Shane McGinley
Mon 07 May 2012 09:42 AM

Turkish basketball player Mehmet Okur, who plays for US team the New Jersey Nets, is the Middle East’s highest paid sports star with a salary last year of US$10.9m, according to a global list compiled by ESPN magazine.

See the full list of the Middle East’s richest sports stars.

While Qatar was recently declared the world’s richest country per capita by Forbes magazine, its highest paid sports star was soccer player Hussein Yasser, who plays for Belgian side Lierse SK, and who earned a somewhat lowly US$500,000

This was compared to the US boxer Floyd Mayweather, who earned US$40m in the same period and was the top earner on the list overall.

See the full list of the Middle East’s richest sports stars.

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