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The World’s Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes This Year

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The World’s Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes This Year

Forbes just released the list of top paid athletes in the world.

This is an astonishing list of amazing athletes. There are many future hall of famers in this list, not to mention very entertaining to watch.

Here are the 50 highest paid athletes of 2015:

50. Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Patrick Mauer is an American professional baseball player.

joe

$24 Million

 

49. Joe Johnson

Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Joe-Johnston

$24.2 Million

 

48. Prince Fielder

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

prince

$24.3 Million

 

47. Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

williams

$24.6 Million

 

46. Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

blake

$24.7 Million

 

45. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo, nicknamed Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team

sergio

$23.5 Million

 

44. Amar’e Stoudemire

amare

$25 Million

 

43. Miguel Cabrera

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

miguel

$25.1 Million

 

42. Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is an American professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

lee

$25.2 Million

 

41. Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

howard

$25.5 Million

 

40. Ryan Howard

Ryan James Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

ryan

$25.6 Million

 

39. Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, is a Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

pujols

$25.9 Million

 

38. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, or simply Falcao, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea, on loan from French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.

falcao

$25.9 Million

 

37. Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

chris

$26.1 Million

 

36. Gerald McCoy

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

 mcCoy

$26.7 Million

 

35. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

wayne

$26.9 Million

 

34. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

 clayton

$26.9 Million

 

33. Kimi Raikkonenr

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi

$27 Million

 

32. Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

peyton

$27 Million

 

31. Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
Dwyane

$27.2 Million

 

30. Robinson Cano

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

 cano

$27.6 Million

 

29. J.J. Watt

Justin James “J. J.” Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
watt

$27.9 Million

 

28. James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

JamesRodriguez

$29 Million

 

27. Carson Palmer

Carson Hilton Palmer is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

carson

$29 Million

 

26. Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

maria

$29.7 Million

 

25. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

carmelo-anthony

$30.5 Million

 

24. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team.

 barca-neyma

$31 Million

 

23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.

singh

$31 Million

 

22. Rafael Nadal

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5.

 rafael

$32.5 Million

 

21. Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.

 vettel

$33 Million

 

20. Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

 rose

$33.9 Million

 

19. Jon Lester

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

jon

$34.1 Million

 

18. Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

gareth-bale

$35 Million

 

17. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda.

alonso

$35.5 Million

 

16. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

suh

$38.6 Million

 

15. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

 lewis

$39 Million

 

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

zlatan

$39.1 Million

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Novak Djokovic

$48 Million

 

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks.

rory

$48.3 Milion

 

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

ben

$48.9 Million

 

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

 Kobe-Bryant

$49.5 Million

 

9. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

tiger

$50.6 Million

 

8. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

phil

$50.8 Million

 

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has played the small forward position for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics.
kevin

$54.2 Million

 

6. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.

james

$64.8 Million

 

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

federer

$67 Million

 

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

$73.8 Million

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.
ronaldo

$79.6 Million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH, is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, and singing.

manny-pacquiao

$160 Million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. Undefeated as a professional and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

floyd-mayweather

$300 Million

Who was your favorite athlete to watch this year? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Yale Middleton is a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide. He is passionate about personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Yale also works as a team member for the top self development website Addicted2Success. You can also follow him on his Facebook.

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  1. Adelaide Hypnosis

    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Wow, pro athletes can make some serious money in the right sports. Does poker count towards this because there are some poker players that are well into the $20-$30 million in pro tournaments.

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