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Who are some of the highest paid athletes?

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Some of the highest paid athletes are Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer, as of 2015, according to Forbes. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are among the highest paid as well. Salaries, prize money, bonuses and endorsements figure into the ranking calculation.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather ranks among the world’s highest-paid athletes, earning $300 million. Of this amount, $285 million comes from salary and winnings and $15 million is from endorsements.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao is one of the highest paid athletes at $160 million. His $148 million in salary and winnings comprises the majority of his wealth. His endorsements add $12 million.

At $79.6 million soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo ranks among the highest paid athletes. His salary and winnings account for $52.6 million. Endorsements add $27 million to his wealth.

Soccer player Lionel Messi is in the top ten, grossing $73.8 million. His salary and winnings are $51.8 million, and his endorsements are $22 million.

Roger Federer is on the list at $67 million. Earning $9 million in salary and winnings, the bulk of his wealth comes from $58 million in endorsements.

LeBron James is one of the highest paid athletes at $64.8 million. His salary and winnings are $20.8 million, and his endorsements are $44 million.

At $54.2 million NBA player Kevin Durant is on the list as well. His wealth comes from $35 million in endorsements with his salary and winnings adding $19.1 million.

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