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Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World 2014

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Athletes are one of the most top earning professionals in the world. These players are worldwide famous and loved by millions of fans and rewarded impressively for their fame and reputation. The list contains the information of the highest paid athletes that includes all types of games. Their total earnings are derived from salaries, bonus prize money, appearance fees in any program and endorsement income. Some of them are constant top earners and some are newcomers. Here are the Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World.

10. Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi is Argentina footballer plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and for the Argentina national team. He is the first football player in history to win four FIFA as well as first three European Golden Shoe awards. In his last season he earned $41.3 million, including $21.3 million from advertisement. He has endorsement deals with Nike, EA Sports and Turkish Airlines.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese football player, plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. He is the fastest Real Madrid player to reach one hundred league goals, the first European player to reach 40 goals in a single season and also holds the record for the highest goals scored in a season for Real Madrid. In his last season he earned $44 million, including $21 million from advertisement. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Armani, Castrol and Konami.

8. David Beckham

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David Beckham is a professional footballer played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his debut in 1992 aged 17 and was the first English player to win league titles in four countries. This session David Beckham earned $47 million, including $42 million from advertisement. He has endorsement deals with Adidas, Coty, Sainsbury’s, Samsung, Yahoo, EA Sports and many more.

7. Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer nicknamed as “Lefty” for his left handed swing. His income is $48 million, including endorsement earnings of $44 million. He has won 42 events on the PGA tour including three Master titles, a PGA championship and an Open championship. He has finished runner up in the US open, a record six times and never won the US open championship.

6. Aaron Rodgers

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Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football (NFL) player for the Green Bay Packers. This session he has an income of $49 million including $6 million from advertisement. He holds many records such as highest career passing rating, second highest career completion rating, only player in the NFL history to pass over 4000 yards and many more. He has endorsement deals with Nike and State Form.

5. Drew Brees

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Drew Brees is an American football player (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints. He started his career with San Diego Chargers and signed with New Orleans Saints in 2006. This year he has net income of $51 million, including $11 million from advertisement. He made the record of the fastest ever to reach 50,000 yards passing in NFL history. He won many awards, including NFL comeback player of the year and NFL offensive player of the year.

4. Lebron James

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Lebron James is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat team. This year he has net income of $60 million, including $42 million from endorsement. He has endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Samsung. He won two NBA championships, four NBA most valuable player award, two Olympic gold medals and an NBA scoring title.

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3. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers team. He is the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points. With a total income of $62 million, including $34 million from advertisement is the highest paid player in NBA. He won two times Gold medal in 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and four times All-star MVP award. He has endorsement deals with Adidas, Coca-Cola, Russell Corporation, Nintendo and Turkish Airlines.

2. Roger Federer

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Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player and considered as the greatest tennis player of all time. This year he has net income of $73 million, including $65 million from endorsement. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Jura, Gillette, Wilson, Rolex, Netjets and many more. He won five times US open, four times Australian Open, seven times Wimbledon, one time French open and silver medal in 2012 Olympic Games.

1. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer who is considered as the most successful golfer of all time. This year also, he has been the highest paid athlete in the world. This year he has net earnings of $78.2 million in which he earned $65 million from endorsement. Tiger has endorsement deals with numerous companies include Nike Golf, EA sports, Kowa, Rolex, PGA tour partner and many more. He is the only golfer who wins both the silver medal and the Gold medal in the Open championship.

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