Highest Paid Athletes in Each Sport

April 21, 2011 at 11:47 am by Terez in A-Rod, Manny Pacquiao, Roger Federer

Here’s a very interesting list in the upcoming ESPN the magazine money issue..This is based off of the official base salary or earnings from the most recently completed season or calendar year, and doesn’t include endorsements, appearance fees, sponsorship money and other sources of extra income..Strictly from playing their respective sport…Can you guess who tops the list?? To see the Highest paid Athletes in Each Sport continue reading. -TO

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SportAthleteLeague/TourMoney TypeMoney
Auto RacingKimi RaikkonenWorld Rally Championship2010 Race Winnings (plus $12.7M from severed F1 contract)$26,333,333
BaseballAlex RodriguezMLB2011 Salary$32,000,000
BasketballKobe BryantNBA2010-11 Salary$24,800,000
Beach Volleyball (Men)Philip Dalhausser/Todd RogersFIVB2010 Prize Money$387,700
Beach Volleyball (Women)Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Da SilvaFIVB2010 Prize Money$351,300
Billiards (Men)Darren AppletonN/A2010 Prize Money$118,494
Billiards (Women)Ga-Young KimN/A2010 Prize Money$67,930
Bowling (Men)Walter Ray Williams Jr.PBA2009-10 Prize Money$152,670
Bowling (Women)Shannon PluhowskyPBA2009-10 Prize Money$40,300
Boxing (N. American Purse Fights)Manny PacquiaoN/A2010 Estimated Purse (two fights)$32,000,000
Bull RidingRenato NunesProfessional Bull Riders2010 Prize Money$1,594,527
DartsPhil TaylorProfessional Darts Corporation2010 Prize Money$1,044,000
Distance Running (Men)Samuel WanjiruVarious2010 Prize Money$617,000
Distance Running (Women)Liliya ShobukhovaVarious2010 Prize Money$695,000
Drag RacingLarry DixonNHRA Top Fuel2010 Prize Money$1,371,000
EatingJoey ChestnutMajor League Eating2010 Earnings$218,500
Equestrian (Men)McLain WardShow Jumping2010 Earnings$1,280,788
Equestrian (Women)Laura KrautShow Jumping2010 Earnings$627,907
FishingKevin VandamBassmaster Elite Series2010 Earnings$915,500
FootballPeyton ManningNFL2010 Salary$15,800,000
Golf (Men)Luke DonaldEuropean Tour PGA2010 Tournament Winnings$5,867,601
Golf (Women)Na Yeon ChoiLPGA2010 Tournament Winnings$1,871,165
Hockey (Tie)Vincent LecavalierNHL2010-11 Salary$10,000,000
Roberto LuongoNHL2010-11 Salary$10,000,000
Horse Racing (Jockey)Ramon A. DominguezN/A2010 Earnings (not individual share)$17,411,880
MMABrock LesnarUFCEstimated Prize Money, ppv share$5,300,000
PokerJonathan DuhamelVariousLand-Based Tournament Winnings, April 4, 2010- April 3, 2011$9,443,519
RacquetballKane WaselenchukInternational Racquetball TourIRT 2010 Event, Appearance Fees, Earnings, Sponsorships$300,000
RodeoTrevor BrazileProfessional Rodeo Cowboys Association2010 Earnings$507,920
Skiing (Men)Ivica KostelicFIS World Cup Alpine skiing events2010-11 Prize Money$464,440
Skiing (Women)Lindsey VonnFIS World Cup Alpine skiing events2010-11 Prize Money$509,542
Sled DogJohn BakerIditarod2011 First-Place Racing Prize Money$50,400
SoccerCristiano RonaldoLa Liga2010-11 Salary$19,500,000
SquashNick MatthewProfessional Squash Association2010 Prize Money$166,926
SumoHakuhoJapan Sumo Association2010 Salary$400,000
Surfing (Men)Kelly SlaterASP World Tour2010 Prize Money$516,000
Surfing (Women)Stephanie GilmoreASP World Tour2010 Prize Money$140,700
Tennis (Men)Rafael NadalATP2010 Prize Money$10,171,998
Tennis (Women)Kim ClijstersWTA2010 Prize Money$5,035,060
Triathlon (Men)Tim DonInternational Triathlon Union2010 Prize Money$223,600
Triathlon (Women)Emma SnowsillInternational Triathlon Union2010 Prize Money$239,800