World number one Roger Federer has topped the list of highest earning non-American athletes from all around the world according to Sports Illustrated.
One of the top sports magazines conducted this research, finding out that Federer earned a total of staggering $51.4 million in 2011. This figure includes not only the prize money from tournaments but also the cash flows from endorsements.
Federer is followed by veteran football star David Beckham with $46 million, the best soccer player of recent times Lionel Messi with $41.25 million, Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo at $40.25 million, Formula One King Fernando Alonso with $40 million, Filipino Boxing star Manny Pacquiao with $39 million, Cameroon’s football player Samuel Eto’o with $30.7, world number three in tennis Rafa Nadal at $29million and multiple MOTO GP World Champion Valentino Rossi with $26.5 million.
Fellow tennis star Maria Sharapova of Russia is at 10th number on the lost, being the only female in the list of sporting Big-Cats.
Federer is ranked at the fifth position in the overall list of world’s highest earning athletes by Forbes. The Swiss Maestro has endorsement contracts with a total of nine companies which take his total sponsorship earnings to $30 million a year. The 30-year-old’s sponsors include few of the biggest business giants like Rolex, Credit Suisse, Wilson and Nike.
The Swiss legend did not have a good start to the last season as all of his three titles came at the end of the season. He was unable to win any Grand Slam in 2011 but such is the power of his name that he still earned far more than his rivals.
Federer’s attraction for sponsors has increased recently after he defeated British number one Andy Murray to capture his record equalling seventh Wimbledon title, moving to the top of the world tennis rankings once again.