(Forbes) David Beckham may no longer play for one of the top football clubs in the world, but he is now the top earning player, according to Forbes magazine, which also tracks the richest clubs in the world.
Beckham, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, earned a total of $48.4 million last year to overtake Barcelona’s Brazilian star, Ronaldinho.
The magazine said that Ronaldinho made $32.3 million as he hobbled through the season in Spain and is expected to soon be with a new club.
Ronaldinho’s Barcelona teammate, Thierry Henry, was third ($24.9 million). Ronaldo of A.C. Milan in Italy was fourth ($21 million). The highest paid player in the English Premier League is Manchester United’s Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo ($18.2 million), in fifth place.
Tiger Woods remains the world’s top earning sportsman with $100 million. That’s thanks in part to a well-dominated sport by Tiger together with endorsements. After Beckham, No.3 is Oscar De La Hoya ($43 million). He has outboxed Don King to become the most sort after promoter.
Golfer Phil Mickelson ($42m) is next. His consistent chase for Tiger’s position as well as worthy endorsements with Ford and Exxon brings in the bucks.
Formula One racer Kimi Raikkonen is up there on $40m. Michael Schumacher may be retired by he still earned $36m last year. Next biggest earners are Kobe Bryant (33m), Shaquille O’Neal ($32m), and Michael Jordan ($31m).