Who Are Some of the Highest-Paid Athletes in the World?


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The highest paid athlete, as of 2015, is Floyd Mayweather, a boxer who makes $300 million per year in winnings and endorsements. Second place is Manny Pacquiao, another boxer who makes $160 million. Third is Cristiano Ronaldo, a soccer player, who makes $79.6 million.

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Floyd Mayweather is the American athlete who broke Tiger Woods' previous record for most money earned by an athlete, which was $115 million in 2008. Mayweather has endorsement deals with Hublot, FanDuel and Burger King, though he previously was hesitant to do endorsement deals. Mayweather, whose current record is 48-0, has one final fight in September 2015, after which he plans to retire.

Manny Pacquiao is from the Philippines; however, he is not limited to boxing. Pacquiao is also involved in basketball, dancing, singing and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to represent the province of Sarangani in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Cristiano Ronaldo is Portuguese and plays for the Portugal national team, but he also plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid. Ronaldo is recognized for many things other than his prolific athleticism. Known for his philanthropy, Ronaldo has donated to such charities as Save the Children and 11 Against Ebola. Ronaldo has also worked as a spokesmodel for Emporio Armani, and has opened up a clothing boutique called CR7.

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