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Tiger Woods still richest sportsperson, says Forbes

Despite his total earnings falling by 10 pc to $90.5 mn, troubled golfer Tiger Woods is still the highest earning athlete in the world, according to two top 50 earning athletes lists released today.

world Updated: Jul 22, 2010 19:08 IST

Despite his total earnings falling by 10 pc to $90.5 mn, troubled golfer Tiger Woods is still the highest earning athlete in the world, according to two top 50 earning athletes lists released today.

On Sports Illustrated’s SI.com, Woods was first on the Top 50 athletes of the US in 2010.

His total has dropped 40 pc from 2008 where he earned $127.9 mn.

Woods also topped Forbes magazine’s 2010 list of the top 50 earning athletes in the world for consecutive ninth year, earning at $105 mn, down 4.5 pc from last year.

The golfer lost lucrative sponsorship deals with Pepsi, Gilette, Accenture Plc and AT&T over his extra-marital affairs.

However, he still maintained sponsorship deals with Nike and Electronic Arts, as well as golf earnings of $20.5 mn.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather earned $65 mn, banking heavily from the fight against Shane Mosley, on the Forbes list.

Basketball’s most famous name Kobe Bryant netted $48 mn to come third, while golfer Phil Mickelson and David Beckman made up the rest of the top five.

On the SI.com international list, Roger Federer rose from ninth to first, earning $61.8 mn in 2009.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi rose two places to second earning $44 mn, with last year’s number one David Beckman falling to third, earning $40.5 mn.

Football’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao made to the top five.

In a major setback the Formula One driver, Kimi Räikkönen drop from second place down to 14th, while new entry Rafael Nadal was at ninth position after earning $27.5 mn.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova is the only female in the top 20, with nearly $20 mn earning last year.