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  • At number 10, we have Kobe Bryant, from the Los Angeles Lakers,

  • still the highest paid player on the court in the NBA,

  • and still has a very lucrative pact with Nike,

  • uh, started something called Kobe Inc. to make investments.

  • Tiger Woods ranks number 9 at $50.6 million.

  • Tiger's been sidelined a lot in the last 12 months,

  • missed a ton of cuts, really struggling.

  • He made only $600,000 in terms of prize money,

  • but, still, Nike pays him more than $20 million dollars a year,

  • and his golf course design business has picked up.

  • Phil Mickelson comes in at number 8.

  • He outearned Tiger for the first time in his career.

  • Phil is very popular with his sponsors.

  • They're gonna continue to use Phil long after his best playing days are behind him.

  • Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder ranks number 7, $54.1 million,

  • uh, signed a huge deal last year, it's gonna be payout $300 million, including royalties.

  • It was a huge bidding war between Nike and Under Armour,

  • and the winner at the end of this, Kevin Durant.

  • LeBron James comes in at number 6, with $64.8 million.

  • His shoes sold $340 million worth for Nike in 2014, and that's just in the U.S.

  • Roger Federer comes in at number 5 with earnings of $67 million,

  • pulls in $58 million from sponsors and appearance fees,

  • and then made $9 million on the court, in terms of prize money, over the last 12 months.

  • Lionel Messi ranks number 4 overall.

  • Barcelona redid his contract in 2014, adding $9 million to his playing salary.

  • He is Adidas' biggest sponsor when it comes to promoting soccer around the world.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo comes in at number 3, at nearly $80 million.

  • The three time Player of the Year is a corporate dream.

  • He's got a huge social media presence, with 158 million followers across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • Manny Pacquiao ranks second overall.

  • Manny had the biggest payday of his career in his May 2nd fight against Floyd Mayweather.

  • Also, added sponsors this year leading up to the fight,

  • so signed deals with Footlocker, Nike had his own apparel line,

  • made a deal with Nestlé.

  • And the highest paid athlete in the world, for the second year in a row and third time in four years, Floyd Mayweather,

  • earned $300 million over the last 12 months.

  • He controls the purse strings by also acting as promoter.

  • He's ignored sponsorship deals in the past, but leading up to this fight,

  • he signed deals with FanDuel, Hublot, Burger King,

  • and he also has his popular TMT merchandise,

  • so Floyd earned about $15 million outside of the ring, over the last year.

At number 10, we have Kobe Bryant, from the Los Angeles Lakers,

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    Joyce Lee posted on 2015/06/29
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