Sports is an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity. You enjoy playing it and if you are lucky enough, you can be paid for your passion. Today in Odd Stuff Magazine we have listed 10 worlds top earning superstarts of sports in the year 2010. Its always a great thing to be paid for a sport which you like and it also makes your proud as you are leading a country’s name with you.
1. Tiger Woods – $90,508,163 : Tiger’s off-course troubles cost him millions in endorsements — he was dropped by Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture. But a $10 million FedEx Cup bonus helps keep him at his usual No. 1 perch.
2. Roger Federer – $61,768,110 : Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player. As of 5 July 2010, he is ranked World No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks and 285 total weeks, one week behind record holder Pete Sampras.
3. Phil Mickelson – $61,660,757 : Expanding the fan base: 15,000 consumers got rebates on Big Bertha clubs thanks to Lefty’s Masters win, a promotion between Golfsmith and Phil-endorsed Callaway — all told a $1 million payout.
4. LeBron James – $45,779,912 : King James left millions on the table by choosing to bolt Cleveland for Miami. But will James be the same kind of star — on and off the court –- playing alongside Dwyane Wade?
5. Lionel Messi – $44,000,000 : Lionel Andrés Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Considered one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world’s best contemporary player, Messi received several Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his “successor”.
6. David Beckham – $40,500,000 : David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English footballer who currently plays in midfield for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He is also an established member of the England national team.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo – $40,000,000 : Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo currently holds the distinction of being the most expensive player in football history after being transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer deal worth £80 million (€94m, US$132m). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is to be paid £11 million per year over the following six years, makes him the highest paid football player in the world.
8. Manny Pacquiao – $38,000,000 : Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as Manny Pacquiao, (pronounced /ˈpækjaʊ/; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first boxer in history to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions — Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight and Welterweight. In addition, he is the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes — World Flyweight Champion, World Featherweight Champion, World Super Featherweight Champion and World Light Welterweight Champion.
9. Alex Rodriguez – $37,000,000 : Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975) is an American Major League Baseball third baseman of Dominican parentage. Nicknamed “A-Rod”, he currently plays third base for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
10. Ichiro Suzuki – $37,000,000 : Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗, Suzuki Ichirō?), often known simply as Ichiro (イチロー, Ichirō?), nicknamed “Ichi” & “The Hits Man”, (born October 22, 1973, in Kasugai, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro has established a number of batting records, including the sport’s single-season record for base hits with 262. He has had nine consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player, surpassing Wee Willie Keeler’s streak of eight. Pete Rose, who had ten non-consecutive 200-hit seasons, is the only player with more in his career than Ichiro.