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Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes Over The Age of 40

Updated on January 4, 2014

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Are Athletes Over 40 Still Earning the Big Bucks?

Athletes over the age of 40 are very rare in the sports world, as most sport careers last until the age of 30 to 35. Some of the richest athletes in the world today are barely in their 30s. However, some great names in the world of sport are still successful beyond their 40s, whilst still earning six figures. Among these are Vítor Klitschko, Andrew Pettite and few others successful sportsmen. This is especially predominant in American sports, including baseball and golf.

This article is going to look at the top 10 highest paid athletes over 40 in 2013 based on their annual salary. Read on to find who are these great players that can still perform sports past the usual retirement age.

9. Mark Schwarzer - Annual Salary: $3.76 Million

Mark Schwarzer is an Australian goalkeeper. He currently plays in the Premier League, for Chelsea, and for the Australian National Association Football Team. Mark Scwarzer was born on the 6th of October 1972 in Sydney, Australia. He currently earns an annual salary of $3.75 million.

10. Raúl Javier Ibañez - Annual Salary: $2.75 Million

Raúl Javier Ibañez is a professional baseball pitcher, and plays as an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners. He is a New Yorker, born in Manhattan, United States on the 2nd of June 1972. Raul Ibañez developed his baseball career at many other clubs among which are the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He is earning an annual salary of $2.75 million.

7. Theodore Ernest Els - Annual Salary: $4 Million

Theodore Ernest Els, mostly known as Ernie Els, is a professional golfer. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 17th of October 1969. The player earns a salary of approximately $4 and for the month of October 2012, he already accumulated $131, 890 in earnings at the CIMB Classic and the WGC-HSBC Champ.

8. Martin Pierre Brodeur - Annual Salary: $4 Million

Martin Pierre Brodeur was born in Montreal, Canada, on the 6th of May 1972. He is a professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the New Jersey Devils. He currently earns $4 million per year.

5. Jaromír Jágr- Annual Salary: $4.5 Million

Jaromír Jágr was born in Kladno, Czech Republic on the 15th February 1972. He is a professional hockey players and plays for New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League. The 41 years old is a right winger, and earns over $4.5 million per year

6. Teemu Ilmari Selänne - Annual Salary: $4.5 Million

Teemu Ilmari Selänne plays in the National Hockey League for Anaheim Ducks as right wing. He was born in Helsinki, Finland on the 3rd of July 1970. At 43 years old, Teemu Selänne earns $4.5 million as a professional ice hockey winger. He is also known by the nickname of 'The Finnish Flash".

4. Philip Alfred Mickelson - Annual Salary: $5 Million

Philip Alfred Mickelson, mostly known as Philip Mickelson. is a professional golf player. He was born on the 16th of June 1970 in San Diego, United States. Philip Mickelson already accumulated earnings over $181,900 during October 2013, t the CIMB Classic and the WGC - HSBC Champ. His annual salary reaches around $5 million.

2. Andrew Eugene Pettite - Annual Salary: $12 Million

Andrew Eugene Pettite, mostly know by the name of Andy Pettite, is a professional baseball player. He plays as a pitcher for New York Yankees. Andy Pettite was born on 15th of June 1972 in Baton Rouge, United States. The 41 years old professional pitcher is the 2nd highest paid athlete over 40 in 2013, with annual earnings over $12 million per year.

3. Bradley Howard Friedel - Annual Salary: $6.59 Million

Bradley Howard Friedel, known as Brad Friedel, was born on the 18th of March 1971 in Lakewood, United States. The American plays in the Premier League, as goalkeeper at Tottenham Hotspur F.C. At 42 years old, he is the 3rd on the list of top 10 highest - paid athletes over 40 in 2013, with an annual salary of over $6.95 million.

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Highest paid athlete over 40

1. Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko - Annual Salary: $24 Million

Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko, known as Vitali Klitschko, is a heavyweight professional boxer. Vilati Klitschko was born in Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan on the 19th of July 1971. His brother, the famous Vladimir Klitschko, is also a famous Ukrainian professional heavyweight boxer.

Vitali Klitschko is the number one if the top 10 highest-paid athletes over 40 in 2013, with estimated annual earnings of over $24 million.

Let's Sum Up the Top 10 Highest Paid Athelets

Annual Salary
Raúl Javier Ibañez
$2.75 Million
Mark Schwarzer
$3.76 Million
Martin Pierre Brodeur
$4 Million
Theodore Ernest Els
$4 Million
Teemu Ilmari Selänne
$4.5 Million
Jaromír Jágr
$4.5 Million
. Philip Alfred Mickelson
$5 Million
Bradley Howard Friedel
$6.59 Million
Andrew Eugene Pettite
$12 Million
Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko
$24 Million

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