Roger Federer leads all non-American, international athletes in terms of total earnings according to a new “fortunate 50” earnings list released by Sports Illustrated. Through the 2009 season, the Swiss former No. 1 had collected $61,768,110 in earnings. That figure includes prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and other income.
In second place is Argentine soccer great Lionel Messi at $44 million. Third on the list was last year’s No. 1, David Beckham at $40.5 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo is fourth at $40 million and boxer Manny Pacquiao is fifth at $38 million.
Federer’s rival Rafael Nadal is also among the Top 10. Nadal is ninth at $27.6 million in earnings for 2009.
The 20th-ranked Maria Sharapova is the highest female on the list at $19.9 million.
Among overall athletes (American stars included), Tiger Woods leads everyone at $90.5 million in earnings. Federer does edge out Phil Mickelson’s $61.6 million to grab the No. 2 spot.
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