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The 20 highest-earning International athletes

By Jonah Freedman, Special to SI.com

Roger still rules. The alltime leader in Grand Slam titles may not have won a major in more than a year, but the Swiss dominator still earns the most money out of the top 20 non-American athletes in the world. Federer's enormous endorsement portfolio puts him at No. 1, but barely a quarter-million more than No. 2 Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino boxer and congressman earned more than $50 million for two bouts over the past 12 months.

The average earnings of the International 20 hold steady at around $31 million, thanks to the strengthened power of European currencies, and buoyed by increasing earnings for global soccer stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and enormous payouts for top Formula 1 drivers like Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

In all, this year's list features eight soccer players, four motor-sports stars, three NBA players, two tennis players, two baseball players and one boxer. As always, our list includes salary, bonuses, endorsement income and appearance fees. For the Fortunate 50 list of the top-earning American athletes, click here.

  • 1
    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer

    Tennis

    Switzerland
    Last Year's Rank: 1
    $52,781,940
  • 2
    Manny Pacquiao

    Manny Pacquiao

    Boxing

    Philippines
    Last Year's Rank: 5
    $52,500,000
  • 3
    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso

    Auto racing

    Spain
    Last Year's Rank: 17
    $45,000,000
  • 4
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi

    FC Barcelona (soccer)

    Argentina
    Last Year's Rank: 2
    $43,800,000
  • 5
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid (soccer)

    Portugal
    Last Year's Rank: 4
    $38,800,000
  • 6
    Yao Ming

    Yao Ming

    Houston Rockets (NBA)

    China
    Last Year's Rank: 8
    $35,686,100
  • 7
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal

    Tennis

    Spain
    Last Year's Rank: 9
    $31,506,278
  • 8
    Valentino Rossi

    Valentino Rossi

    Motor sports

    Italy
    Last Year's Rank: 7
    $30,000,000
  • 9
    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United (soccer)

    Great Britain
    Last Year's Rank: NR
    $29,200,000
  • 10
    Kaká

    Kaká

    Real Madrid (soccer)

    Brazil
    Last Year's Rank: 11
    $27,300,000
  • 11
    David Beckham

    David Beckham

    LA Galaxy (MLS)

    Great Britain
    Last Year's Rank: 3
    $26,800,000
  • 12
    Ronaldinho

    Ronaldinho

    Flamengo (soccer)

    Brazil
    Last Year's Rank: 16
    $25,800,000
  • T-13
    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Seattle Mariners (MLB)

    Japan
    Last Year's Rank: 6
    $24,000,000
  • T-13
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton

    Auto racing

    Great Britain
    Last Year's Rank: 10
    $24,000,000
  • 15
    Carlos Tévez

    Carlos Tévez

    Manchester City (soccer)

    Argentina
    Last Year's Rank: 18
    $21,700,000
  • 16
    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks (NBA)

    Germany
    Last Year's Rank: 13
    $21,278,618
  • 17
    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

    Spain
    Last Year's Rank: NR
    $20,822,187
  • 18
    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera

    Detroit Tigers (MLB)

    Venezuela
    Last Year's Rank: 19
    $20,250,000
  • 19
    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard

    Chelsea (soccer)

    Great Britain
    Last Year's Rank: NR
    $20,100,000
  • 20
    Michael Schumacher

    Michael Schumacher

    Auto racing

    Germany
    Last Year's Rank: NR
    $20,000,000

Sources: Salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Formula One estimates are from Formula Money. Salaries based on current or most recently completed seasons (exception: 2011 for NFL). For winnings-based sports (golf, auto racing, tennis), 2010 calendar year amounts used. Boxing purses are from June 2010 to May 2011.

 
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