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World’s Richest Athlete Of 2015: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, LeBron James And Floyd Mayweather Jr.

By Nate Mardukas | March 24, 2015 01:11 PM EDT

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10. Manny Pacquiao - The Filipino boxer crawled his way up to the top of the list after cashing in $41.8 million in earnings, according to Richest Lifestyle. Now with a mega fight scheduled against Floyd Mayweather Jr in May, the "fighting congressman" is expected to cash in more checks with PPV and fight earnings that goes beyond the roof.

9. Phil Mickelson - Considered to be one of the most consistent in the fairway, left Phil Mickelson is quietly but impressively made his name in the richest golfer and highest paid athletes list of 2015. The 44-year-old golfer reportedly took home $53.2 million of total earnings last season.

8. Roger Federer - The legendary tennis player reportedly took home $57 million in 2014 after gaining $4.2 million from his salary and winnings and $52 million in endorsements.

7. Tiger Woods - Also considered by some to be past his prime, 39-year-old golfer Tiger Woods reportedly took home $61.2 million last season after collecting $6.2 million in winnings and over $55 million in endorsements.

6. Kobe Bryant - Even past his prime, but with all the endorsements and just by his name, Kobe Bryant is included in the top 10 of the world's richest athlete of 2015 as he takes home $61.5 million every year.

5. Lionel Messi - He became the face of the "Fifa 14" game and was even tagged as one of the world's most powerful celebrities by Forbes, the Argentinian football player Lionel Messi boasts a $64.7 million of yearly salary.

4. LeBron James - Tagged by most sporting sites as the best NBA player of his generation, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James earns as much as $73 million a year and is currently tagged by Forbes as the third world's richest athlete of 2015.

3. Crisitano Ronaldo - Currently tagged as the best football player in the world by Richest Lifestyle, the forward of Real Madrid, football heartthrob and Portuguese player earns up to as much as $80 million a year.

2. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Appearing all over the media and with a mega fight against Manny Pacquiao booked in April, the undefeated American boxer earns up to as much as $105 million yearly.

1. Michael Jordan - "The greatest of all time." Michael Jordan proved that he can have it all as he became the very first athlete to become a billionaire this year. Having multiple endorsements and having an NBA team under his guidance, MJ proved once again why he is called "GOAT."

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