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Highest Paid Athletes 2013

Updated on June 23, 2013

It is not news that athletes earn an enormous amount of money. While some people think that the pay package of most athletes is ridiculous, I think it shouldn’t be much of an issue considering the fact that athletes bring in proportional revenue to their clubs. This list is based upon Forbes’ list of the highest paid athlete in 2013.

1. Tiger Woods

Pay: $78.1M

Salary/Winnings: $13.1M

Endorsement: $65M

Tiger Wood has being a top earning athlete for a long time. He slipped up to third in the previous ranking but has moved back to the top thanks to some neat golfing this last year. It appears Woods has finally put the ugly incidence that marred his marriage behind him. One thing is certain , every golf fan is happy Tiger Woods is back.

2. Roger Federer

Pay: $71.5M

Salary/Winnings: $6.5M

Endorsement: $65M

Although Roger Federer may have slipped from world's number 1 to #3, he still remains the highest earning tennis player. The swiss tennis kingpin who has earned $77,564,273 prize money so far in his illustrious career earned an additional $18.8M than he did in 2011 to move him 3 places from 5th to 2nd on the list of the Highest Earning Athletes.

Federer's Salary reduced by $1.2M. His endorsement deals are to thank for the rise in is total pay.

3.Kobe Bryant

Pay: $61.9M

Salary/Winning: $27.9

Endorsement: $34M

Like Federer, Kobe Bryant moved 3 places on the list. He made $9.6 million more than he did in 2011. The Black mamba as he is fondly called had a very successful year where he won an olympic gold medal. When consider the fact that the NBA star earned $196 M in the first 15 years of his career, you will appreciate the massive lift endorsement deals with Nike, Turkish Airlines, smart car and his lucrative contract with the Lakers has given to his Bank account.

4.Lebron James

Pay: $59.8

Salary/Winning: $17.8M

Endorsement: $42M

Courtesy of McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, State Farm and Upper Deck James earns a great chunk of his endorsement earnings. "King James" as he is fondly called by his fans has a net worth of $120 million. What a great career James is having! Skipping college to play NBA turned out to be a good decision.

James to his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. The pair were engaged on December 31, 2011 and have two children with. His family lives in a $9 million three-story mansion Coconut Grove, a Miami suburb.

5. Drew Brees

Pay: $51M

Salary/Winning: $40M

Endorsement: $11M

Drew Brees is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League in the United States. Bree's contract which he signed in 2011 gives him an average of 20 million dollars average annual salary till 2016 making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

6. Aaron Rodgers

Pay: $49M

Salary/Winning: $43M

Endorsement: $6M

Aaron Rodgers is an American Football quarter back plying his trade with Green Bay Packers in the National Football League. After being an understudy to Brett Favre for 3 years Rodgers finally made it as a starter for the Green Bay Packers in 2010 winning the MVP in Super Bowl. His financial fortunes has being on the rise.

7. Phil Mickelson

Pay: $48.7M

Salary/Winning: $4.7M

Endorsement: $44M

8. David Beckham

Pay: $47.2M

Salary/Winning: $5.2M

Endorsement: $42M

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

Pay: $44 M

Salary/Winning: $23M

Endorsement: $21M

10. Lionel Messi

Pay: $41.3 M

Salary/Winning: $20.3M

Endorsement: $21M

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Sports has always been the ticket to fame and fortune here in America. Great hub!

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      7 years ago from Canada

      @lesliebyars...Yes, that's true and thanks for reading.

      @Iammattdoran.....Thanks! It is one of those things that baffles me. I cant imagine how high NFL players salaries would be if America Football was played worldwide like soccer is.

    • Iammattdoran profile image

      Matt Doran 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Real interesting hub. We talk a lot about footballers getting paid a lot of money but really, apart from the obvious megastars like Becks et al., their salaries seem to be way below the biggest NFL stars. Voted up. Matt

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      7 years ago

      Actually Floyd Mayweather is highest paid without endorsements with $52 million. Nice hub.


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