# 10 Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country's national football team. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010, and then again in 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions. At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.

  • Pay: $41.3 M
  • Salary: $20.3 M
  • Endorsements: $21 M
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    # 9 Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 million (€94 million/$131.6 million). Ronaldo's contract with Real Madrid, under the terms of which he is paid €21 million per year (after taxes), makes him the highest-paid footballer in the world, and his buyout clause is valued at €1 billion as per his contract.

  • Pay: $44 M
  • Salary: $23 M
  • Endorsements: $21 M
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    # 8 Tom Brady

    Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

  • Pay: 47.2 M
  • Salary: $34.3 M
  • Endorsements: $12.9 M
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    # 7 Phil Mickelson

    Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005),[1] and an Open Championship (2013).

  • Pay: $48.7 M
  • Salary: $4.7 M
  • Endorsements: $44 M
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    # 6 Aaron Rodgers

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football at the University of California, Berkeley, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates. He was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers.

  • Pay: $49 M
  • Salary: $43 M
  • Endorsements: $6 M
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    # 5 Drew Brees

    Drew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Purdue University, and 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 history, establishing 2 NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 Purdue University records. He remains the Big Ten Conference record-holder in virtually every passing category, including completions (1,026), yards (11,792) and touchdowns (90).

  • Pay: $51 M
  • Salary: $40 M
  • Endorsements: $11 M
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    # 4 LeBron James

    LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and weighing 250 lb (113 kg), he has played the small forward and power forward positions. James has won two NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been selected to ten NBA All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, and five All-Defensive teams, and is the Cleveland Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.

  • Pay: $59.8 M
  • Salary: $17.8 M
  • Endorsements: $42 M
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    # 3 Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 16-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. As of March 2013, he ranks third and fourth on the league's all-time postseason scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists, respectively.

  • Pay: $61.9 M
  • Salary: $27.9 M
  • Endorsements: $34 M
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    # 2 Roger Federer

    Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who, as of January 2014, is ranked world no. 8 by the ATP. He has been ranked inside the top 10 continuously since May 2002. Numerous commentators, pundits, and former and current players of the sport regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

  • Pay: $71.5 M
  • Salary: $6.5 M
  • Endorsements: $65 M
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    # 1 Tiger Woods

    Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. Woods turned professional in 1996, and by April 1997 he had already won his first major, the 1997 Masters in a record-breaking performance, winning the tournament by 12 strokes. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997. Through the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf, spending 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as world number one. From December 2009 to early April 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity. His multiple infidelities were revealed by several different women, through many worldwide media sources. This was followed by a loss of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011. He ended a career-long winless streak of 107 weeks when he captured the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25,

  • Pay: $78.1 M
  • Salary: $13.1 M
  • Endorsements: $65 M
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