Once we have thought that to earn the biggest paycheck in our lives, we should finish the most prestigious degrees in college and complete the most outstanding postgraduate courses. But that is not always the case. While some people are receiving the highest salaries as executives, some athletes are earning millions of dollars, playing and ruling their respective sports. The Forbes has just released the world’s 50 highest paid athletes for 2011. The 50 athletes has total earnings equivalent to $1.4 billion, which is 11% lower than last year. Their average earnings equal to $28 million, with the highest earnings of $75 million and the lowest from the list earning $18.8 million. These athletes played their respective sports from basketball, baseball, racing, soccer, golf, football, tennis and boxing.
Who are the highest-paid athletes in the world?
So who are the athletes who receive the richest paychecks in 2011? Tiger Woods is still the highest-paid athlete in the world despite failing to win tournaments or sign new sponsorship deals since his November 2009 car crash and his subsequent infidelity scandal. Woods, the former No. 1 golfer on the planet, now only ranked 13th in the world, still earned $75 million over the past 12 months, enough to outdistance the second-ranked NBA star Kobe Bryant, who made $53 million.
The following sportsmen are considered the highest-paid athletes in the planet today. Their earnings are derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing, and endorsement income (without deducting for taxes or agent’s fees) in the 12 months ending May 1, 2011.
|Rank||Name||Age||Earnings (in millions)||Sports|
|13-14 (tie)||Valentino Rossi||32||$31||Racing|
|13-14 (tie)||Tom Brady||33||$31||Football|
|17||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||36||$28.5||Racing|
|24-25 (tie)||Manny Pacquaio||32||$25||Boxing|
For the complete list of the 50 highest-paid athletes in the world please visit full list and details at Forbes.com.