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There's One Irishman On Forbes' List Of The Highest Paid Athletes In The World

There's One Irishman On Forbes' List Of The Highest Paid Athletes In The World
By PJ Browne

Rory McIlroy made $24.3 million this year according to Forbes magazine. Those earnings put him at 35th on their list of the highest paid athletes in the world.

McIlroy made $4.3 million in winnings with the majority ($20 million) of his pay coming through endorsements. Earlier this year, he came in 17th on The Sunday Times list of the wealthiest people in sport in Britain and Ireland.

Top of Forbes' list in terms of pay is boxer Floyd Mayweather who made $105 million, with Cristiano Ronaldo second on $80 million and LeBron James third in $72.3 million.

Here's the top 10

1. Floyd Mayweather $105m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo $80m
3. LeBron James $72.3m
4. Lionel Messi $64.7m
5. Kobe Bryant $61.5m
6. Tiger Woods $62.2m
7. Roger Federer $56.2m
8. Phil Mickelson $53.2
9. Rafa Nadal $44.5m
10. Matt Ryan $43.8m

Some other notables on the list are Zlatan Ibrahimovic (12th $40.4m), Gareth Bale (14th $26.4m), Wayne Rooney (43rd $23.4m), Fernando Torres (63rd $21.3m), Robin van Persie (81st $19.5m) Steven Gerrard (86th $18.7m) and Luis Suarez (100th $17.3).

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