Paris Saint-Germain’s David Beckham, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi finished 8th, 9th, and 10th,
respectively, in Forbes’ annual ranking of the highest earning
athletes for 2013. The list, topped by Golf’s Tiger Woods, ranks professional athletes earnings through salary, bonuses and sponsorship revenue.
According to the list, Ronaldo earned a total of $44.2 million over the last 12 months, with $23 million of that based on salary and bonuses and the remaining $21 million on endorsement contracts. Messi sits just behind with $41.3 million, with $21 million in wage and bonuses payments and $20 million in sponsorship income. Beckham, meanwhile, earned a total of $47.3 million.