Who are the highest paid athletes for 2011? With the All-Star Game for Major League Baseball right around the corner, you can see many millionaire athletes swinging the bat in Phoenix for the mid-summer classic.
Baseball's All-Star game is coming to Arizona this week for the first time and several baseball players make the Forbes list of top paid athletes and some have played well enough to make the All-Star game.
But as you look below, a big bulk of the highly paid athletes are NBA players and the league has locked those athletes out as they try to get salaries and expenses under control.
The top paid athlete is still Tiger Woods, though his poor play and bad behavior has cost him millions.
Below is the top 20 from the Forbes list of the 2011 highest paid athletes:
1.Tiger Woods, $75 million, golf
2.Kobe Bryant, $53 million, basketball
3.LeBron James, $48 million, basketball
4.Roger Federer, $47 million, tennis
5.Phil Mickelson, $46.5 million, golf
6.David Beckham, $40 million, soccer
7.Cristiano Ronaldo, $38 million, soccer
8.Alex Rodriguez, $35 million, baseball
9.Michael Schumacher, $34 million, racing
10.Lionel Messi, $32.3 million, soccer
11.Fernando Alonso, $32 million, racing
12.Rafael Nadal, $31.5 million, tennis
13.Valentino Rossi, $31 million, racing
14.Tom Brady, $31 million, football
15.Lewis Hamilton, $30 million, racing
16.Derek Jeter, $29 million, baseball
17.Dale Earnhardt Jr., $28.5 million, racing
18.Yao Ming, $27.7 million, basketball
19.Dwight Howard, $27.6 million, basketball
20.Dwyane Wade, $26.2 million, basketball