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Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi top 25 highest-paid athletes in the world list

ESPN’s ‘The Magazine’ has released the latest figures which reveal the wealthiest sportspeople.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR made at least $73.5 million in 2013 for his two  boxing matches making him the highest-paid athlete in the world according to ESPN the Magazine.

This list differs than the list put out each year by, which includes both salaries and endorsements.

Aaron Rodgers is the highest-paid among the ‘Big 4′ American sports leagues, taking home $40 million (€28.9m) in 2013, while the world’s two best footballers — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — are the biggest earners in football.

Here are the 25 highest-paid from 2013:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr (boxing) — €53.1million ($73.5m)

Kings Lakers Basketball Source: AP/Press Association Images

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (football) — €36.3million ($50.2m)

3. Lionel Messi (football) — €36.2million ($50.1m)

4. Aaron Rodgers (NFL) — €28.9million ($40.0m)

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (football) — €25.2million ($35.0m)

Switzerland Soccer FIFA World Player Award Source: AP/Press Association Images

6. Matthew Stafford (NFL) — €25.9million ($31.5m)

7. Tom Brady (NFL) — €22.4million ($31.0m)

8. Kobe Bryant (basketball) — €22.0million ($30.5m)

9. Matt Ryan (NFL) — €21.6million ($30.0m)

10. Joe Flacco (NFL) — €21.6million ($30.0m)


Patriots Ravens Football Source: AP/Press Association Images

11. Zack Greinke (baseball) — €20.0million ($28.0m)

12. Fernando Alonso (F1) — €19.8million ($27.5m)

13. Lewis Hamilton (F1) — €19.8million ($27.5m)

14. Tony Romo (NFL) — €19.1million ($26.5m)

15. Wayne Rooney (football) — €18.7million ($26.0m)

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Quarter Final - First Leg - Manchester United v Bayern Munich - Old Trafford Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

16. Ryan Howard (baseball) — €18million ($25.0m)

17. Calvin Johnson (NFL) — €18million ($25.0m)

18. Cliff Lee (baseball) — €18million ($25.0m)

19. Peyton Manning (NFL) — €18million ($25.0m)

20. Robinson Cano (baseball) — €17.3million ($24.0m)

Angels Mariners Baseball Source: AP/Press Association Images

21. Prince Fielder (baseball) — €17.3million ($24.0m)

22. Wladimir Klitschko (boxing) — €17.3million ($24.0m)

23. Cole Hamels (baseball) — €16.9million ($23.5m)

24. Mark Teixeira (baseball) — €16.69million ($23.1m)

25. Joe Mauer (baseball) — €16.6million ($23.0m)

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