Alonso among highest paid sports persons on the planet

Fernando Alonso smiling all the way the the bank

Fernando Alonso smiling all the way the the bank

Fernando Alonso is among the highest international sports earners on earth, according to the influential US magazine Sports Illustrated.

Excluding American athletes, like undefeated boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather who has already earned $90 million in 2013, the highest paid sportsman is British footballer David Beckham.

His $48 million is trailed by tennis’ Roger Federer ($43 million), followed by Ferrari’s Alonso, whose estimated $42 million in 2013 will include his retainer and endorsements.

Spaniard Alonso reportedly makes more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($35 million) and FC Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to the international list.

Formula 1’s next representative, coming in at eleventh on the list with almost $24 million, is Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, while the newly-retired Michael Schumacher is still raking in the income, with just under $20 million estimated.

Top ten sport earners in 2013:

  1. Floyd Mayweather Jnr — €70 ($90) million.
  2. LeBron James — €43.6 ($56) million.
  3. David Beckham — €37.6 ($48.3) million.
  4. Drew Brees — €37.2 ($47.8) million.
  5. Kobe Bryant — €36.4 ($46.8) million.
  6. Roger Federer — €33.7 ($43.3) million.
  7. Fernando Alonso — €32.7 ($42) million.
  8. Tiger Woods — €31.74 ($40.8) million.
  9. Phil Mickelson — €30.7 ($39.5) million.
  10. Cristiano Ronaldo — €27.4 ($35.2) million.

(GMM)