10 Highest Paid Athletes in 2013

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Celebrity status, numerous records, and over $550 million collectively earned in the past year. All of those things and more are included in this list, as we count down the highest paid athletes for the 2013. Athlete earnings can be complicated, with contract bonuses and incentives, plus endorsement deals. Just to be clear, all earning figures have been taken from the annual Forbes list, the experts at all things financially related. The list contains a tennis champion, two golfers, two elite American football players, two basketball legends and three soccer players. Kicking it off (pun intended) at #10 is an Argentine legend in the making.

10. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is commonly ranked as the best player in the world and considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time. From 2009- 2012, Messi was awarded four consecutive FIFA/Ballons d’Or trophies, the first player in history to achieve this amount. In his career with Barcelona, Messi has won six La Ligas, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups, among other notable accomplishments. One of the vast number of records he holds is the a record for most goals in a La Liga, with 73 in 2011-12. Between salary and sponsorships, largely Adidas and Turkish Airlines, the Olympic gold medalist collected an estimated $41.3 million for 2013 which is good for 10th spot on the list of highest paid athletes.

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AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

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