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Forbes revealed a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world today. Here, we share the top 10 from that list.
Last updated: 23 Jul 2014 14:54
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Money in sport has become a huge talking point.

Colombian footballer James Rodriguez recently became the fourth-most-expensive signing when Real Madrid paid almost $110m to Monaco to get his signature.

Earlier this week, Rory McIlroy pocketed $1.6m for winning golf's Open Championship at Hoylake.

Select european footballers are earning in excess of $340,000 a week.

Forbes recently revealed a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world today. Here, we share the top 10 from that list.


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10) Matt Ryan, NFL - $43.8m. Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons last year which was worth $103.75m. The figure included a $28m signing bonus and a $12m option bonus paid in March.



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9) Rafael Nadal, tennis - $44.5m. Spain's tennis star Rafael Nadal sits ninth on the list with earnings of $44.5m. Nadal had a astonoshing 2013 season where he went 75-7 and finished top of the rankings.



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8) Phil Mickelson, golf - $53.2m. Phil Mickelson picked up some extra dollars in sponsor bonuses after winning the British Open for the first time last year. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners, according to Forbes.



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7) Roger Federer, tennis - $56.2m. Roger Federer who holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81m). He has appeared in a record 25 Grand Slam finals, and 18 out of 19 between 2005 and 2010.



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6) Tiger Woods, golf - $61.2m. Tiger Woods' comeback from back surgery has not gone according to plan as he failed to impress in the two tournaments this summer. However, the former top-ranked golfer is second on the list of most Major titles won - 14.



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5) Kobe Bryant, NBA - $61.5m. Kobe Bryant managed just six games in the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury but had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year - a whopping $30.5m, nearly $8m higher than any other player, according to Forbes.



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4) Lionel Messi, football - $64.7m. Barcelona's Lionel Messi finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Ballon d'Or award after winning it four consecutive times. In May, he signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish club which will pay him $50m annually.



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3) LeBron James, NBA - $72.3m. LeBron James won back-to-back championships with Miami Heat and four MVP awards. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300m in the US last year, according to SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA's best-seller.



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2) Cristiano Ronaldo, football - $80m. Holder of the Ballon d'Or and an integral cog of the Real Madrid squad, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the sport's most valuable player in the world in 2013 for the second time in his career. Real won the Champions League last season and the Portuguese has a record five-year contract worth more than $200m.



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1) Floyd Mayweather, boxing - $105m. But the world's highest-paid athlete is boxer Floyd Mayweather who became the athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes' annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32m for his May fight with Marcos Maidana.




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10) Matt Ryan, NFL - $43.8m. Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons last year which was worth $103.75m. The figure included a $28m signing bonus and a $12m option bonus paid in March.

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7) Roger Federer, tennis - $56.2m. Roger Federer who holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81m). He has appeared in a record 25 Grand Slam finals, and 18 out of 19 between 2005 and 2010.

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3) LeBron James, NBA - $72.3m. LeBron James won back-to-back championships with Miami Heat and four MVP awards. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300m in the US last year, according to SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA\(***)s best-seller.

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1) Floyd Mayweather, boxing - $105m. But the world(***)s highest-paid athlete is boxer Floyd Mayweather who became the athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes(***) annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32m for his May fight with Marcos Maidana.

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Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons last year which was worth $103.75m. The figure included a $28m signing bonus and a $12m option bonus paid in March.

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Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons last year which was worth $103.75m. The figure included a $28m signing bonus and a $12m option bonus paid in March.

9) Rafael Nadal, tennis - $44.5mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/9-rafael-nadal-tennis-445m/51384153580440e271efdccfba24b052

Spain's tennis star Rafael Nadal sits ninth on the list with earnings of $44.5m. Nadal had a astonoshing 2013 season where he went 75-7 and finished top of the rankings.

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Spain's tennis star Rafael Nadal sits ninth on the list with earnings of $44.5m. Nadal had a astonoshing 2013 season where he went 75-7 and finished top of the rankings.

8) Phil Mickelson, golf - $53.2mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/8-phil-mickelson-golf-532m/bbf9e1602e547bf030050dcbc4fd76fd

Phil Mickelson picked up some extra dollars in sponsor bonuses after winning the British Open for the first time last year. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners, according to Forbes.

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Phil Mickelson picked up some extra dollars in sponsor bonuses after winning the British Open for the first time last year. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners, according to Forbes.

7) Roger Federer, tennis - $56.2mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/7-roger-federer-tennis-562m/d563f8a98cf19e955e11f05fe9f7b7b8

Roger Federer who holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81m). He has appeared in a record 25 Grand Slam finals, and 18 out of 19 between 2005 and 2010.

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Roger Federer who holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81m). He has appeared in a record 25 Grand Slam finals, and 18 out of 19 between 2005 and 2010.

6) Tiger Woods, golf - $61.2mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/6-tiger-woods-golf-612m/c0e1ab5f5e464693ea3a55d685deac12

Tiger Woods' comeback from back surgery has not gone according to plan as he failed to impress in the two tournaments this summer. However, the former top-ranked golfer is second on the list of most Major titles won - 14.

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Tiger Woods' comeback from back surgery has not gone according to plan as he failed to impress in the two tournaments this summer. However, the former top-ranked golfer is second on the list of most Major titles won - 14.

5) Kobe Bryant, NBA - $61.5mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/5-kobe-bryant-nba-615m/2f1bba2fb6f601bb286837253682776e

Kobe Bryant managed just six games in the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury but had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year - a whopping $30.5m, nearly $8m higher than any other player, according to Forbes.

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Kobe Bryant managed just six games in the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury but had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year - a whopping $30.5m, nearly $8m higher than any other player, according to Forbes.

4) Lionel Messi, football - $64.7mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/4-lionel-messi-football-647m/5b4a17eb6a8307f4d349c4a7ad26be3e

Barcelona's Lionel Messi finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Ballon d'Or award after winning it four consecutive times. In May, he signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish club which will pay him $50m annually.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Ballon d'Or award after winning it four consecutive times. In May, he signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish club which will pay him $50m annually.

3) LeBron James, NBA - $72.3mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/3-lebron-james-nba-723m/c7514a8079c9c159220da691c513f8b9

LeBron James won back-to-back championships with Miami Heat and four MVP awards. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300m in the US last year, according to SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA's best-seller.

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LeBron James won back-to-back championships with Miami Heat and four MVP awards. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300m in the US last year, according to SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA's best-seller.

2) Cristiano Ronaldo, football - $80mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/2-cristiano-ronaldo-football-80m/37d98e2327f977a9bdce5f39a5238501

Holder of the Ballon d'Or and an integral cog of the Real Madrid squad, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the sport's most valuable player in the world in 2013 for the second time in his career. Real won the Champions League last season and the Portuguese has a record 5-year contract worth more than $200m.

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Holder of the Ballon d'Or and an integral cog of the Real Madrid squad, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the sport's most valuable player in the world in 2013 for the second time in his career. Real won the Champions League last season and the Portuguese has a record 5-year contract worth more than $200m.

1) Floyd Mayweather, boxing - $105mhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World%27s_highest-paid_atheletes/slideshow/1-floyd-mayweather-boxing-105m/4d612048b37b5c8288d31f0a88e761e2

But the world's hhighest-paid athlete is boxer Floyd Mayweather who became the athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes' annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32m for his May fight with Marcos Maidana.

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But the world's hhighest-paid athlete is boxer Floyd Mayweather who became the athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes' annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32m for his May fight with Marcos Maidana.



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