Beckham still leads the way in Forbes list

Posted by Kevin Palmer

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David Beckham has retained his status as the highest earning soccer star in the world in his final season as a professional footballer, according to the latest Forbes rich list.

Beckham, ranked the eighth-highest earner among athletes worldwide, raked in an impressive $47.2 million (£30.6 million) in the year since June 2012. The Englishman’s time was split between the final few months of his contract with LA Galaxy and a brief stint with Paris Saint-Germain, yet the conclusion of his glittering playing career last month will not signal the end of his earning potential as much of his revenue flow stems from ongoing sponsorship deals.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the next in the rankings after claiming $44 million (£28.6 million) in the last year, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi following with $41.3 million (£26.8 million).

Messi’s earnings are likely to increase in the next 12 months after he agreed to a new deal with Barcelona as well as attracting fresh sponsors in recent months.

No other soccer star makes the top 60, with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney clocking in at No. 61, with estimated earnings of $21.1 million (£13.7 million) and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero No. 63, with wages and sponsorship deals of $20.9 million (£13.5 million).

The list is led once more by golfer Tiger Woods, who returned to the top of the standings in a 12-month period that saw him claim $78.1 million (£50.7 million) in earnings and endorsements. Tennis superstar Roger Federer was second with $71.5 million (£46.4 million) in a list dominated by US baseball, basketball and football stars.

1 Tiger Woods $78.1 million (£50.7 million)

2 Roger Federer $71.5 million (£46.4 million)

3 Kobe Bryant $61.9 million (£40.2 million)

4 LeBron James $59.8 million (£38.9 million)

5 Drew Bees $51.0 million (£33.1 million)

6 Aaron Rodgers $49.0 million (£31.9 million)

7 Phil Mickelson $48.7 million (£31.6 million)

8 David Beckham $47.2 million (£30.6 million)

9 Cristiano Ronaldo $44.0 million (£28.6 million)

10 Lionel Messi $41.3 million (£26.8 million)

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