The World's 15 Highest-Paid Athletes 2014

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Source: forbes.com
#1 Floyd Mayweather
Total Earnings: $105 million
Salary/winnings: $105 million
Endorsements: $0

Mayweather is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes' annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest pay-per-view gross ($150 million), live gate ($20 million) and total revenue (roughly $200 million). The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month, six fight deal he signed with Showtime in 2013.

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#2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Total Earnings: $80 million
Salary/winnings: $52 million
Endorsements: $28 million

The Portugal and Real Madrid star was voted the sport's most valuable player in the world in 2013, the second time in his career, after scoring 69 goals in 59 club and country competitions. Real Madrid rewarded him with a record 5-year contract worth $206 million.

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#3 LeBron James
Total Earnings: $72.3 million
Salary/winnings: $19.3 million
Endorsements: $53 million

James is the NBA's biggest endorsement star, thanks to deals with Nike, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Upper Deck and others. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300 million in the U.S. during 2013. James also made millions through his small stake in Beats when it was sold to Apple for $3 billion.

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#4 Lionel Messi
Total Earnings: $64.7 million
Salary/winnings: $41.7 million
Endorsements: $23 million

Sponsors like Adidas, who launched his signature shoe last year, and Turkish Airlines, who paired him with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, have invested heavily in Barcelona's most prolific goal scorer. In May, he signed his 7th contract in 11 years that will pay him $50 million a year and extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2018.

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#5 Kobe Bryant
Total Earnings: $61.5 million
Salary/winnings: $30.5 million
Endorsements: $31 million

Bryant's $30.5 million salary is nearly $8 million higher than any other player. He inked a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November that will keep his on-court salary tops in the NBA. His deals with the likes of Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini for merchandise are worth $30 million annually.

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#6 Tiger Woods
Total Earnings: $61.2 million
Salary/winnings: $6.2 million
Endorsements: $55 million

Woods' earnings took a hit when Electronic Arts announced in 2013 that it would end its relationship with Woods and his eponymous video game after 14 versions. The series generated nearly $800 million in sales, according to NPD Group. Nike renewed its deal with Woods in 2013. The company's golf division registered sales of $791 million in Nike's 2013 fiscal year.

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#7 Roger Federer
Total Earnings: $56.2 million
Salary/winnings: $4.2 million
Endorsements: $52 million

Federer holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81 million). His endorsement portfolio is filled with long-term deals with blue-chip companies like Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse. His sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million annually.

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#8 Phil Mickelson
Total Earnings: $53.2 million
Salary/winnings: $5.2 million
Endorsements: $48 million

Mickelson picked up valuable sponsor bonuses last year for winning the British Open for the first time. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners: Callaway, Barclay's, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen/Pfizer. Mickelson has racked up 42 PGA victories (ninth all-time), $74 million in career prize money (second all-time).

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#9 Rafael Nadal
Total Earnings: $44.5 million
Salary/winnings: $14.5 million
Endorsements: $30 million

World No. 1 Nadal had a monster 2013 season where he won two Grand Slams (French Open, U.S. Open). The wins and top year-end ranking kicked in bonuses from sponsors in addition to the $14.5 million in prize money he earned between June and June. Nadal's biggest endorsement partner is Nike where his earnings are heavily tied to his year-end rank.

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#10 Matt Ryan
Total Earnings: $43.8 million
Salary/winnings: $42 million
Endorsements: $1.8 million

Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million contract last year with the Falcons that included a $28 million signing bonus and a $12 million option bonus paid in March. The $20.75 million average annual value was the second highest in the NFL behind only Aaron Rodgers at the time of signing (Colin Kaepernick has since surpassed Ryan).

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#11 Manny Pacquiao
Total Earnings: $41.8 million
Salary/winnings: $41 million
Endorsements: $800,000

Pacquiao rebounded from a December 2012 loss with back-to-back impressive victories over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley. Both fights were disappointments for the PPV buys with the Rios fight in Macau generating 475,000 buys and the Bradley rematch netting less than 800,000. Pacquiao still pocketed $41 million, including Philippines TV money, from the two bouts.

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#12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Total Earnings: $40.4 million
Salary/winnings: $36.4 million
Endorsements: $4 million

Ibrahimovic's latest contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, signed in September 2013, tied him to the club until 2016. The Swede's commercial for auto brand Volvo was a viral hit with 4.7 million views on YouTube. In the elaborate movie-like production, he does semi-naked pull-ups, dives into a freezing lake, and hunts to a rendition of the Swedish national anthem.


#13 Derrick Rose
Total Earnings: $36.6 million
Salary/winnings: $17.6 million
Endorsements: $19 million

Rose signed maximum-level salary with the Chicago Bulls at the end of 2011 worth $95 million over five years, but injuries have slowed him ever since. Rose is one of the NBA's top earners off the court thanks to the massive 13-year, $185 Adidas shoe deal he signed in 2012. Adidas sold $40 million of his signature shoes in the U.S. last year.

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#14 Gareth Bale
Total Earnings: $36.4 million
Salary/winnings: $25.4 million
Endorsements: $11 million

Real Madrid spent $118 million last September to sign the 24-year old Welshman from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. It was the second largest transfer of the year after Neymar's move to Barca. The six-year deal pays him up to $456,000 in weekly wages.

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#15 Radamel Falcao
Total Earnings: $35.4 million
Salary/winnings: $32.4 million
Endorsements: $3 million

After his prolific scoring tear at Atletico Madrid last season in which he scored 34 goals in 41 caps for the club, the Colombian striker nicknamed El Tigre (The Tiger) left Spains La Liga for France. He struck a five-year deal that doubled his salary with AS Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

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