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The ten highest earning athletes

Last updated on: June 18, 2011 06:59 IST

Woods leads the list of top-grossing athletes

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Scandal-scarred golfer Tiger Woods is still the No.1 paid sportsman in the world, according to Sports Illustrated's eighth-annual compilation of the 50 top-earning American athletes by salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.

The report said that Woods took home a tidy 62.3 million dollars in the past year in winnings and endorsements. Woods earned 2.3 million dollars in winnings and 60 million dollars in endorsements.

Fellow golfer Phil Mickelson finished a close second, with total income of 61.2 million dollars.

The NBA's LeBron James ($44.5 million), NFL's Peyton Manning ($38 million) and Major League Baseball's Alex Rodriguez ($36 million) are the top five among America's top-grossing athletes.

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, owner of a record 16 Grand Slam titles, led non-Americans on the list and was followed closely by Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Federer kept his top position among non-U.S. athletes despite slipping 14.5 percent to $52.8 million, third overall, while WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao shot 38 percent higher to $52.5 million for fourth overall.

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso ($45 million), Barcelona's Lionel Messi ($43.8 million) and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo ($38.8 million) rounded out the top five on the international (non-American) top-earners' list.

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Woods top earner for the eighth consecutive year

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Tiger Woods

Golf

Total earnings: $62,294,116


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Mickelson making a run at surpassing Woods

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Phil Mickelson

Golf

Total earnings: $61,185,933


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Federer slips 14.5 percent to $52.8 million

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Roger Federer

Tennis

Total earnings: $52,781,940


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Big jump for Filipino boxer Pacquiao

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Manny Pacquiao

Boxing

Total earnings: $52,500,000


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Alonso third highest earner among non-American athletes

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Fernando Alonso

Formula One (Ferrari)

Total earnings: $45,000,000


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James third among US athletes

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LeBron James

NBA (Miami Heat)

Total earnings: $44,500,000


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Messi mesmerises his way into the list

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Lionel Messi

Football (FC Barcelona)

Total earnings: $43,800,000


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Ronaldo follows Messi to round-up top five non-US top earners list

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Football (Real Madrid)

Total earnings: $38,800,000


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Quaterback Manning makes it to top five among US athletes

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Peyton Manning

NFL (Indianapolis Colts)

Total earnings: $38,070,000


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Home run for Rodriguez, fifth highest earner among US athletes

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Alex Rodriguez

Major League Baseball (New York Yankees)

Total earnings: $36,000,000


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