Tiger Woods tops list of highest earning athletes
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Tiger Woods is still the world’s highest earning athlete according to Sports Illustrated and Forbes magazine.
The professional golfer’s life took center stage, after a car accident outside his Florida home last November exposed his extramarital affairs. Despite this, Woods claimed the top spot in the U.S. list of 50 athletes for the seventh consecutive year put together by Sport’s Illustrated (SI). His total earnings is $90.5 million, 10% percent down from last year, and 40% lower from $127.9 million in 2008.
In Forbes magazines 2010 list of the top 50 earning athletes in the world, Woods is also in the no. 1 spot for the ninth consecutive year at $105 million, a 4.5 percent drop from his 2009 earnings. Woods’ earnings for the 2010 list includes his earnings from product endorsements such of Nike Inc and Electronic Arts Inc, to name a few SI said. His endorsement earnings fell $22million from last year’s list.
Rival golfer Phil Mickelson took the second spot on the 2010 U.S. list at $61.7 million, and the top 10 included four players from the National Basketball Association, led by LeBron James at No. 4 ($45.8 million), SI.com said.
The top 10 also included boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr (No. 3 at $60.3 million), two Major League Baseball stars, including Alex Rodriguez at No. 5 ($37 million), and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning of the National Football League (No. 9 at $30.8 million), SI.com said.
According to SI, Federer jumped from No. 9 last year in the international list as his earnings doubled. While Beckham slid to No. 3 at $40.5 million behind FIFA world soccer player of the year Lionel Messi at $44 million.
Completing the list of the international top five were soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo ($40 million) and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao ($38 million), SI.com said.
Ranking No. 20 on the international list at $19.9 million is tennis player Maria Sharapova. Forbes’ top five included boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr ($65 million), NBA star Kobe Bryant ($48 million), Mickelson ($46 million) and Beckham ($43.7 million). Federer ($43 million), James ($42.8 million) and Pacquiao ($42 million) were next on the list, who previously ranked the top 20.