Valentino Rossi: 20th Highest-Paid Athlete in the World, Says Forbes

The Forbes men and women have put their noggins together and identified the highest-paid athletes on the planet. As is their want, they have put these names together in a list along with how much they made last year in salary, winnings and endorsements. Motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi is the 20th best paid sport-person in the world. Though this is most likely a tad more than you earn and even more than the humble writer of this post takes in, it was a down year for Mr. Rossi. In recent years, he had been in the top ten.

The best-paid athletes are:

  1. Floyd Mayweather, Total earnings: $85 million
  2. Manny Pacquiao, $62 million
  3. Tiger Woods, $59.4 million
  4. LeBron James, $53 million
  5. Roger Federer, $52.7 million
  6. Kobe Bryant, $52.3 million
  7. Phil Mickelson, $47.8 million
  8. David Beckham, $46 million
  9. Cristiano Ronaldo, $42.5 million
  10. Peyton Manning, $42.4 million
  11. Lionel Messi, $39 million
  12. Haloti Ngata, $37.3 million
  13. Larry Fitzgerald, $36.8 million
  14. Ndamukong Suh, $36 million
  15. Charles Johnson, $34.4 million
  16. Rafael Nadal, $33.2 million
  17. Mario Williams, $33.2 million
  18. Alex Rodriguez, $33 million
  19. Fernando Alonso, $32 million
  20. Valentino Rossi, $30 million
  21. Michael Schumacher, $30 million

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