December 17, 2013 / 2:16 AM / 4 years ago

YEARENDER-FACTBOX-Ten biggest sports earners in 2013

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Following is a list of the 10 biggest
sports earners in 2013.
                     Total  Salary/winnings Endorsements Sport
 1.  Tiger Woods  $78 million    $13m          $65m      Golf
    Tiger rediscovered his killer instinct in 2013, surging back
to the top of the world rankings after a blistering start to the
season when he won five of his first 11 events. 
    Although he failed to add to his haul of 14 major victories
his off-course income perked up, according to the Forbes annual
sporting survey, thanks to sponsorship bonuses with Nike and
Rolex tied to success. 
    He also collected sizeable appearance fees for competing in
Abu Dhabi, China, Malaysia and Turkey.                       
2.  Roger Federer    $72m        $7m          $65m      Tennis
    He slipped down the rankings and suffered his leanest season
since 2001 but when it comes to endorsements Federer remains one
of sport's most bankable assets. 
    The 17-times grand slam winner's reflexes may have slowed
and the picture-perfect backhand has lost its bite but he
retains an impressive portfolio of sponsors including deals with
Nike and Rolex.  
3.  Kobe Bryant      $62m      $28m           $34m   Basketball
    A 15-times All-Star, Bryant's $28 million salary made him
the highest-paid player in the NBA in the 2012-13 season and the
future Hall of Famer signed a two-year contract extension with
the Los Angeles Lakers in November.     
4.  LeBron James     $60m       $18m          $42m   Basketball
    The man nicknamed 'King James' crowned a memorable 2013 with
his second NBA title, putting in a regal 37-point performance in
the decisive game of the finals to sink the San Antonio Spurs.
    Having scooped a fourth Most Valuable Player award, it comes
as no surprise that he is the sport's biggest endorsement
attraction, according to Forbes, thanks to deals with Nike,
McDonald's and Coca-Cola among others.   
5.  Drew Brees       $51m       $40m          $11m      NFL
    With six Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title to his
credit since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006, the
quarterback commands a salary befitting his status as one of the
NFL's most successful players.   
    Gifted with a strong arm and outstanding vision, Brees has
endorsement deals with companies including Nike, Procter &
Gamble and Verizon Wireless.   
6.  Aaron Rodgers    $49m        $43m           $6m       NFL
    The three-times Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Most Valuable
Player in 2011 signed a five-year, $110 million deal in April
that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. 
    A broken collarbone in November, however, meant he suffered
a painful end to 2013.   
7.  Phil Mickelson   $49m        $5m            $44m     Golf
    Nicknamed 'Phil the Thrill', Mickelson clinched his fifth
major title in commanding fashion in 2013, winning the British
Open with a scintillating five-under 66 in the final round.  
    One of the biggest drawcards in the game, capable of driving
up television ratings almost single-handedly, he earns more than
$40 million annually from endorsement partners.               
8.  David Beckham    $47m        $5m            $42m     Soccer
    The world's most marketable footballer called time on a
career that combined glitz and glamour with some sparkling
silverware in 2013, signing off with a league title at Paris St
    Endorsements make up the bulk of his earnings and his
bankability is reflected in the Forbes rich list as he tops
shining lights like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.    

9.  Cristiano Ronaldo $44m       $23m           $21m      Soccer
    This could be the year that Ronaldo finally steps out of the
 shadows of Lionel Messi after a stunning hat-trick performance
helped send Portugal to the World Cup finals and made him
favourite to win the World Player of the Year title.
    Four years of playing second fiddle to the Argentine for the
coveted Ballon D'Or has not constrained his earning power,
however, with nearly half of his $44 million earnings coming
from endorsements.   
10. Lionel Messi     $41m        $20m           $21m      Soccer
    Having won the accolade for the best soccer player on the
planet since 2009, Messi has already guaranteed his place among
the sport's pantheon of greats.
    After smashing several goalscoring records in 2012, this
year has rung alarm bells as he has suffered significant injury
problems for the first time in his career.
    (all earnings estimated by Forbes annual sporting survey in
June 2013)

 (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Tony Jimenez)
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