Top Ten Highest Paid Athletes of 2009

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6. Lebron James
Lebron James

Crowned the MVP in the last season of NBA, he is also known as ‘King James’. He has earned around $39 million in this fiscal year courtesy his salary at Cleveland Cavaliers and his personal endorsements which include a mega deal with Nike, Vitamin Water, Upper Deck Trading and Sprite.

 

7. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

The highest earner in professional golf league after Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson has earned over $38 million in the year 2009. His deals with Barclays, Rolex, KPMG and Callaway have been lucrative enough to get him the seventh rank in this list of high profile earners.

 

8. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

The surprise entry in the list this year, Manny has earned his way by beating Oscar la Hoya and Ricky Hatton in the two biggest blockbuster fights of boxing history. This achievement led to Manny earning cool deals with Nike, Alaxan, Mcdonald’s and EA Sports to name a few. His total earnings this year has amounted to $35 million.

 

9. Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

After losing two straight World championships in 2006 and 2007, Rossi fought his way back in 2008 to prove his detractors wrong and earn a fortune worth $35 million. His endorsement deal with the energy drink Monster gets him a cool $28 million while the rest is courtesy Yamaha Corporation with whom he has a long term contract.

 

10.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Despite being a winner in a single race in the past two seasons, Dale Jr has won all the popularity contests in Nascar Championship. This has led to his endorsement deals with Adidas, Sony and Chevrolet etc. His total earnings this year has totaled to $34 million. Merchandise bearing his name has been a huge hit among the Nascar fans.

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