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Published: June 9, 2011
10. Lewis Hamilton
Sport: Formula 1
Formula 1 McLaren team’s racing driver Lewis Hamilton with $26-million-income close the list of the first 10 most high-paid athletes of the world except for the United States.
9. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis player who has become a French Open six-time champion, took the ninth place and earned about $27 million.
8. Yao Ming
Chinese basketball player Yao Ming took the eighth place in the list of the richest athletes of all the countries except for the United States. According to the rating’s authors, his fortune was $34 million.
7. Valentino Rossi
Sport: Motorcycle Racers
Last season was not fortunate for Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi. He broke his leg and was forced to abandon sports for several months. That did not prevent him from earning $35 million.
6. Ichiro Suzuki
Major League Baseball player Ichiro Suzuki has earned $37 million this year. Suzuki is a player for the Seattle Mariners and for the Japanese national team which won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
5. Menny Pacquiao
Philippine boxer Menny Pacquiao took fifth place in the list.Who earned $38 million.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Portuguese national team captain and Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is at No 4 in the rating. His income was $40 million.
3. David Beckham
The leader of last year’s rating, David Beckham, who did not play at the World Cup in South Africa due to injury, has fallen to third place this year. He earned $40.5 million.
2. Lionel Messi
Argentinean and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is at No 2. Who earned $44 million.
1. Roger Federer
Tennis player Roger Federer is top of this year’s world rating. According to Sports Illustrated, his income was $61.7 million.
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