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10 Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 Don’t Include Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera Not Among Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014

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The absolutely ridiculous contract extension Miguel Cabrera received this spring brings the whole “highest-paid athletes” thing back into the light. However, Cabrera’s mega deal doesn’t kick in until 2016, so he’s not among the top 10 highest-paid athletes of 2014. In case you’re wondering which athletes still make more than Miggy, we’ve got you covered.

10. Lionel Messi ($41 million)

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10. Lionel Messi ($41 million)

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Whether or not you think he’s THE best soccer player in the world, the star of Argentina is being paid like it. Well, almost. After he set seemingly every record in the book in 2012, Barcelona gave him a whopping six-year, $122 million extension. Thus, his annually salary of just over $20 million and his endorsements that total even more at $21 million give him quite the bank roll in 2014.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo ($44 million)

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9. Cristiano Ronaldo ($44 million)

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Beautiful women and a lot of women who think he’s beautiful definitely make life easier for this soccer star. Add in the fact he’s bringing in $23 million from Real Madrid in 2014 and another $21 million in endorsements and the 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year is living the high life.

8. Aaron Rodgers ($49 million)

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8. Aaron Rodgers ($49 million)

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He’s apparently hot a hot new actress/model girlfriend and more money than he knows what to do with. The former NFL and Super Bowl MVP is arguably the best in the business at slinging the pigskin and he gets paid like it. The $43 million he’s collecting from the Packers in 2014 is astronomical, even for an NFL quarterback. Add in another $6 million from his endorsements, including Nike and State Farm, and A-Rodg is living large.

7. Phil Mickelson ($49 million)

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7. Phil Mickelson ($49 million)

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It pays to be a lefty, especially when you’re THE Lefty. Assuming his oblique injury isn’t too serious and he stays on his current earnings pace for this year, Mickelson will pocket roughly $5 million this year in earnings, but his real money comes from the $44 million in endorsements he’ll collect in 2014. It pays to have deals with brands like Rolex and Exxon.

6. Drew Brees ($51 million)

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6. Drew Brees ($51 million)

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Edging out Aaron Rodgers as the highest-paid NFL player of 2014, Brees gets the nod because of his $11 million in endorsements. His $40 million salary from the Saints this year is a little less than the $43 million Rodgers is getting from the Packers, but the extra endorsements makes living breezy for the signal-caller in the Big Easy.

5. LeBron James ($60 million)

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5. LeBron James ($60 million)

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Believe it or not, LBJ isn’t the highest-paid player in the NBA (we’ll get to that shortly), but he does make plenty to support his family. LeBron is drawing just under $18 million from the Heat this year with his max contract that he could opt out of this summer, but he buys new toys (Hummer, Mercedes, etc.) with the $42 million he collects in endorsements. It pays to have one of Nike’s most popular shoes.

4. Kobe Bryant ($62 million)

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4. Kobe Bryant ($62 million)

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Although he’s been forgotten this year due to his injuries, the Black Mamba is still the king of the NBA…for now. Kobe will collect just under $28 million from the Lakers in 2014 to go along with his $34 million in endorsements. When you’ve got Mercedez-Benz, Coca-Cola and Nike on your side, you won’t go hungry.

3. Roger Federer ($72 million)

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3. Roger Federer ($72 million)

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It’s a safe bet that you’re probably more of an NFL, NBA or MLB fan than a tennis junkie, but this Swiss legend is tied for the most money in endorsements than any other athlete in the world with $65 million coming his way in 2014. Add in his expected $7 million in winnings from this year, and he’s still at the top of his game…at least financially.

2. Tiger Woods ($78 million)

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2. Tiger Woods ($78 million)

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After everything that went terribly wrong for the most famous, popular and polarizing golfer of all time, Tiger is still by far the richest of all those who play his game. Despite his back problems in early 2014, he’s still on pace to earn about $13 million in winnings. Put that on top of his $65 million in endorsements and Woods is the second-highest-paid athlete of 2014.

1. Floyd Mayweather ($93 million)

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1. Floyd Mayweather ($93 million)

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Right now, the man called “Money” has one fight scheduled in May of 2014. Regardless of the outcome of that bout, he will still pocket over $90 million this year without a drop of that coming from endorsements. You read that right: 100 percent of his bank roll is winnings from punching other dudes’ lights out. Who says boxing is dead?