Forbes put out its list of highest paid athletes in the world. Unfortunately it's in an "in pictures" format, which makes review of the list clumsy. The time period is June 2011 to June 2012. Forbes article is here http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/06/18/mayweather-tops-list-of-the-worlds-100-highest-paid-athletes/
and the Forbes list is here http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45igdi/1-floyd-mayweather/#gallerycontent .
No surprise boxers top the list. And it's interesting to see that Tiger Woods is as high as No. 3 given his recent difficulties both on and off the course. And a relatively aged and less useful David Beckham comes in at No. 8 - maybe not surprising per se, but to have him above Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or any of a few dozen other soccer players around the world is counterintuitive.
I've pasted the top ten below. It's notable that there are as many cricketeers (2) as women on the top 100 list. It's also a bit of a difficult list to compile, as some athletes front load their contracts with signing bonuses, etc., which is difficult to accurately reflect in a table. Still, it's interesting.
1. Floyd Mayweather ($85 million)
2. Manny Pacquiao ($62 million)
3. Tiger Woods ($59.4 million)
4. Lebron James ($53 million)
5. Roger Federer ($52.7 million)
6. Kobe Bryant ($52.3 million)
7. Phil Mickelson ($47.8 million)
8. David Beckham ($46 million)
9. Cristiano Ronaldo ($42.5 million)
10. Peyton Manning ($42.4 million)
Ndamukong Suh at 14 surprised me. The man is a beast and was a high draft pick, but No. 14 is rarefied air. And I was surprised to see a motorcycle racer check in at No. 20. What jumps out to you as out of kilter here or on the full-blown list?