Who is generally regarded as the highest paid athlete in the world, at the moment, excluding endorsments?
#104600. Asked by scottietwenty3. (Apr 11 09 1:39 AM)
Collectively, the male athletes took home an estimated $483 million between June 1, 2007, and June 1, 2008, compared to the females' far less impressive $118 million haul. (See " Top-Earning Female Athletes.")|
In Pictures: The World's Best-Paid Male Athletes
Topping the list once again is golf sensation Tiger Woods, who banked $115 million over the 12-month period. By comparison, the top-earning female athlete, tennis' Maria Sharapova, took in only $26 million during the same period.
Star golfer Tiger Woods was the world's best-paid athlete last year, (2995) (sic) earning $87 milllion in winnings and endorsements.
Here’s a good link for the US only:
Most everywhere you look the answer Tiger Woods comes up on top. The links I have provided are quite reliable, far as I’m concern anyway.
List of the top 10 highest Highest Paid in 2008 - however a lot of Tigers IS made up of endorsements so I'm still trying to find info that is just on their pay|
In the next two years Tiger Woods should become the world’s first billion dollar athlete with over $800 Million total earnings.
Tiger Woods (Golf): $115 Million
David Beckham (Football): $50 Million
Michael Jordan (NBA): $45 Million
Phil Mickelson (Golf): $45 Million
Kimi Raikkonen (F1): $44 Million
Kobe Bryant (NBA): $39 Million
LeBron James (NBA): $38 Million
Ronaldinho (Football): $37 Million
Valentino Rossi (Motorcycle Racing): $35 Million - F1
Roger Federer (Tennis): $35 Million - Tennis
Forbes 2008 Listing.|
Salary Winnings : $22,902,706
Endorsements : $105,000,000
Total : $127,902,706
With a salary of just under $23 Million he is NOT the highest when you take his endorsements out.
In this list of US sportsmen he is beaten by :
Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees who earned $29 Million in Salary alone during the same period.
Beckham is also NOT a contender :
David Beckham's salary is an estimated $37.4 million a year. Only about $10 million of that is related to playing football at Real Madrid.
Most of his salary comes from endorsements with Vodaphone ($1.8 million), Rage Software ($2.7 million), Japanese TV ($500,000), Police Sunglasses ($1.8 million), Pepsi ($3.6 million), Adidas ($5.4 million), Gillette ($7.5 million) and others. An auto dealer paid him $18 million last year to go on a 10-day tour of Asia promoting its cars.
I thought it was Beckham guys.|
David Beckham is set to become the highest earning sportsman in the US after signing a five-year contract worth up to $250m (£128m) with Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
50m US a year for 5 years.
The more I read though I think it includes salary, image rights and associated sponsorship etc I was hoping to just find the highest purley based on salary. Tiger wins handdown when you factor in spomsorship.