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The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes

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Rank Name Pay ($mil) Country Of Birth Residence

1 Tiger Woods 80.3 United States United States

2 Michael Schumacher 80.0 Germany Switzerland

3 Peyton Manning 42.0 United States United States

4 Michael Jordan 35.0 United States United States

5 Shaquille O'Neal 31.9 United States United States

6 Kevin Garnett 29.7 United States United States

7 Andre Agassi 28.2 United States United States

8 David Beckham 28.0 Great Britain Spain

9 Alex Rodriguez 26.2 United States United States

10 Kobe Bryant 26.1 United States United States

11 Grant Hill 25.9 United States United States

12 Derek Jeter 23.2 United States United States

13 Barry Bonds 22.7 United States United States

14 Manny Ramirez 22.1 Dominican Republic United States

15 Oscar De La Hoya 22.0 United States United States

16 LeBron James 21.1 United States United States

17 Vince Carter 20.2 United States United States

18 Dale Earnhardt Jr 20.1 United States United States

19 Arnold Palmer 20.0 United States United States

20 Phil Mickelson 19.8 United States United States

21 Allen Iverson 19.7 United States United States

22 Champ Bailey 19.6 United States United States

23 Jeff Gordon 19.3 United States United States

24 Lance Armstrong 19.2 United States United States

25 Tracy McGrady 19.0 United States United States

The Rest

Does anyone else find it ridiculous that grown men are being paid so much to play games? rolleyes.gif

Edited by Kellalor

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i want some money to play games...i'm good at games...

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Does anyone else find it ridiculous that grown men are being paid so much to play games?

Yes, and have thought the same for a very long time tongue.gif

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I play those same games and don't get anything...this isn't fair...

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You can't possibly review someone's income based purely on the amount they receive. These super stars of their chosen sport are what make these individual sports so well recognised. They generate mass interest in the given team they may play for, such as David Beckham. If teams like Real Madrd din't have superstars as they do they wouldn't win a thing, and with that they would not generate the finances they do.

I doubt any of you would turn down a pay offer similar to these guys. tongue.gif

And by the way, there are women who would fall in this category. wink2.gif

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Only under capitalism would such money be put into playing a sport than eductation, health and law. rolleyes.gif

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2 Michael Schumacher 80.0 Germany Switzerland

I didn't realize Schumy had dropped to #2.

Personally I think that it is an obscene amount of money but I wouldn't turn any of it down laugh.gif

Edited by Daughter of the Nine Moons

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Only under capitalism would such money be put into playing a sport than eductation, health and law.

Its the sport and the interest in these stars that generates the money, so why shouldn't they put it straight back in?

I guess you would refuse a pay offer of £40,000 a week? blink.gif I know I wouldn't, come to that, I doubt there are many that would.

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Phenomenon, nobody's saying they'd refuse that kind of money tongue.gif They're saying it's ridiculous that they're paid that much. Just imagine what football clubs would be capable of if they were to give that money back to the fans instead in the form of building hospitals...schools...providing equipment for the NHS...all the things that the government is unable to do because of its lack of money for the purpose.

It IS ridiculous that some guys are earning millions every year for warming a bench, let alone kicking a ball up and down a field tongue.gif

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