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Rolling in it: Here are the top 10 earners in world sport

There’s no room for Rory… or Henry, or Lar.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TODAY unveiled its list of the world’s top-earning athletes in the past year.

There’s not a hurler in sight, but if you don’t have time to wade through the very cool list of international and US athletes on SI’s site, then we’ve compiled them into one right here for your jealous eyes to ogle.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo — €27.4 ($35.2) million.

9. Phil Mickelson — €30.7 ($39.5) million.

8. Tiger Woods — €31.74 ($40.8) million.

7. Fernando Alonso — €32.7 ($42) million.

6. Roger Federer — €33.7 ($43.3) million.

5. Kobe Bryant — €36.4 ($46.8) million.

4. Drew Brees — €37.2 ($47.8) million.

3. David Beckham — €37.6 ($48.3) million.


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2. LeBron James — €43.6 ($56) million.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jnr — €70 ($90) million.

All images via Press Association

No sign of Rory McIlroy, you notice. He’s down in 14th spot with a mere $33.2 million to his name last year.

Between Rors and the top 10 are Derrick Rose ($33.4m), Manny Pacquiao ($35m) and some guy called Lionel Messi ($35.1m).

Maria Sharapova is the top earning female athlete pulling in $25.5 million last year. While fellow tenniser Li Na is perhaps a surprise name among the top 20 non-US stars with $17.3 million to her name last year.

What do you think, who doesn’t deserve the wedge they’re getting?

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