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Forbes' List Of World's Highest-paid Athletes
This is a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world as ranked by Forbes
Forbes
magazine.Contents1 2017 list 2 2016 list 3 2015 list 4 2014 list 5 2013 list 6 2012 list 7 See also 8 References 9 External links2017 list The 2017 list:[1]Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements1 Cristiano Ronaldo Football Portugal $93 million $58 million $35 million2 LeBron James Basketball United States $86.2 million $31.2 million $55 million3 Lionel Messi Football Argentina $80 million $53 million $27 million4 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland $64 million $6 million $58 million


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Forbes
Forbes
Forbes
(/fɔːrbz/) is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes
Forbes
also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, politics, and law. Its headquarters is located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Primary competitors in the national business magazine category include Fortune and Bloomberg Businessweek. The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the richest Americans (the Forbes
Forbes
400), of the world's top companies (the Forbes
Forbes
Global 2000), and The World's Billionaires
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Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football for California, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates.[1] He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft
2005 NFL Draft
by the Packers.[2] After backing up Brett Favre
Brett Favre
for the first three years of his NFL career, Rodgers became the Packers' starting quarterback in 2008 and led them to a victory in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2010 NFL season; Rodgers was named Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVP
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Kobe Bryant
Kobe
Kobe
Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA
All-NBA
Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (né Sinclair; born February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed from 1996 to 2007 and 2009 to 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career, he held multiple world titles in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record of 50–0, the second highest undefeated streak in the modern era of boxing after Ricardo Lopez.[1] As an amateur, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves
Golden Gloves
championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S
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Boxing
Boxing
Boxing
is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing
Amateur boxing
is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing
Boxing
is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges' scorecards at the end of the contest. In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw (professional boxing)
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Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH (/ˈpæki.aʊ/ PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ];[1] born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a Senator
Senator
of the Philippines. He currently ranks #4 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time[2]
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Philippines
Coordinates: 13°N 122°E / 13°N 122°E / 13; 122 Republic
Republic
of the Philippines Republika ng PilipinasFlagCoat of armsMotto:  "Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa"[1] "For God, People, Nature, and Country"Anthem: Lupang Hinirang Chosen LandGreat SealDakilang Sagisag ng Pilipinas  (Tagalog) Great Seal of the PhilippinesCapital Manilaa 14°35′N 120°58′E / 14.583°N 120.967°E / 14.583; 120.967Largest city
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Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont Woods (born December 30, 1975) better known as Tiger Woods, is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.[5][6][7] Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur career, Woods was 20 years old when he turned professional at the end of summer in 1996. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA Tour
PGA Tour
events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters. Woods won this tournament by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance and earned $486,000. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf—he won the 2000 U.S. Open by an incredible 15-shot margin
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Rafael Nadal
US$94,936,755 3rd all-time leader in earningsOfficial website rafaelnadal.comSinglesCareer record 877–186 (82.5%)Career titles 75 (5th in the Open Era)Highest ranking No. 1 (18 August 2008)Current ranking No. 1 (2 April 2018)Grand Slam Singles resultsAustralian Open W (2009)French Open W (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)Wimbledon W (2008, 2010)US Open W (2010, 2013, 2017)Other tournamentsTour Finals F (2010, 2013)Olympic Games W (2008)DoublesCareer record 131–72Career titles 11Highest ranking No. 26 (8 August 2005)Current ranking No
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Spain
Coordinates: 40°N 4°W / 40°N 4°W / 40; -4Kingdom of SpainReino de España  (Spanish) 4 other official names[a][b] Catalan:Regne d'EspanyaBasque:Espainiako ErresumaGalician:Reino de EspañaOccitan:Reiaume d'Espanha Flag Coat of arms Motto: "Plus ultra" (Latin) "Further Beyond"Anthem: "Marcha Real" (Spanish)[2] "Royal March" Show globeShow map of EuropeLocation of .mw-parser-output .nobold font-weight:normal Spain (dark green)– in Europe (green & dark grey)– in the European Union (green)Capitaland largest cityMadrid40°26′N 3°42′W / 40.433°N 3.700°W / 40.433; -3.700Official language and national languageSpanish[c]Ethnic groups (2019)[4]89.67% Spaniards10.33% othersReligion (2019)[5]67.0% Catholicism27.2% No religion3.1% Other religionsDemonym(s)S
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Matt Ryan (American Football)
Matthew Thomas Ryan (born May 17, 1985), nicknamed "Matty Ice", is an American football
American football
quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Boston College, Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Ryan was Boston College's starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007, leading them to three bowl victories and a 25–7 record in 32 starts. He threw for 200 or more yards 15 times and is third all time in school history in passing yards and in pass completions. He earned MVP of the game honors at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.[1] In 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year.[2] During his rookie year, Ryan started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11–5 season record
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Drew Brees
Drew Christopher Brees (/briːz/;[1]) (born January 15, 1979) is an American football
American football
quarterback for the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
of the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL). After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history, establishing two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University
Purdue University
records
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David Beckham
David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE[4] (/ˈbɛkəm/; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England
England
national team for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016 when Wayne Rooney surpassed his total. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France
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Phil Mickelson
Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970), nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 43 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship
PGA Championship
(2005),[1] and an Open Championship (2013).[2] Mickelson is one of 16 players in the history of golf to win at least three of the four majors.[3] He has won every major except the U.S. Open, where he has finished runner-up a record six times.[4] Mickelson has spent over 700 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf
Golf
Ranking,[5] has reached a career-high world ranking of No. 2 several times and is a life member of the PGA Tour
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Peyton Manning
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time due to his numerous career achievements,[1] he spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
in his last four seasons. Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee Volunteers
to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He is the second son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants
New York Giants
quarterback Eli Manning. Manning was selected by the Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft
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