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Rossi features in Forbes Highest Paid Athletes list

Valentino Rossi the only MotoGP rider on the Forbes top 100 Highest Paid Athletes list.
Three motorsport stars feature in the top 20 of the latest Forbes Highest Paid Athletes list - including MotoGP's Valentino Rossi.

Rossi is listed as joint 20th alongside F1 legend Michael Schumacher, with Ferrari F1 star Fernando Alonso the highest ranking motorsport representative, in 19th place.

The Spaniard is quoted as receiving total earnings of $32 million between June 2011 and June 2012, comprising $29 million in Salary/winnings plus $3 million in endorsements.

Rossi and Mercedes driver Schumacher are said to have made $30 million during the same period.

Forbes claims that Rossi's Ducati contract pays him $17 million annually and that the former seven time MotoGP champion, who has struggled since leaving Yamaha in 2010, made a further $13 million in endorsements.

Rossi has taken two podiums since joining Ducati, while Schumacher has yet to feature on the rostrum since his 2010 F1 return.

The top earning NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, was ranked 23rd with earnings of $28.2 million. Then came McLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, in joint 24th with $28 million.

After Hamilton, there were no other F1 or MotoGP stars in the top 100, which required a minimum income of $16.6 million.

Floyd Mayweather topped the list, having made a reputed £85 million between June 2011 and 2012, with fellow Boxer Manny Pacquiao in second place. Those two aside, most of the top ten consisted of athletes that face only a slim risk of physical harm...

Forbes Highest Paid Athletes - Top 10:

1. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) $85m
2. Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) $62m
3. Tiger Woods (Golf) $59.4m
4. LeBron James (NBA) $53m
5. Roger Federer (Tennis) $52.7m
6. Kobe Bryant (NBA) $52.3m
7. Phil Mickelson (Golf) $47.8m
8. David Beckham (Football) $46m
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) $42.5m
10. Peyton Manning (NFL) $42.4m

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June 22, 2012 9:51 AM

Rossi is there because he is so much more than just a brilliant rider. He gives back more to the people who follow this sport than any other rider, ever. Everyone with any nonce at all knows that he is the biggest draw in this circus right now and he is the one that is owed most by the whole Moto GP world. Dorna have done their level best to screw it up but he has been the biggest factor in keeping people interested. You don't have to like him to know that it is true. They are driving to get CRT across the grid to try and get the action better in the next couple of years as Dorna know that they will lose what is currently their cash cow. As for Ducati the person who questioned if the guy writing the cheques is wondering what happened. No way, they have the biggest draw on their bike and they are getting more column inches with a bad bike than they had when Casey won a world championship on it. Make no mistake Mr Rossi is the biggest ticket on two wheels and there is no one on the hor

victorfrey - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 9:50 AM

Give back to God what belongs to God and to caesar what belongs to caesar. Don't be stupid,in business they know well why they give you every penny. If lorenzo deserves five,it is because it is his level.same for stoner.and if rossi deserves twenty million dollars,it means the two other guys didn't reach his level,in fact in motorbike sport he is the only alien.

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