Date: 22nd April 2011 at 4:46pm
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An ESPN report on the richest sportsmen from 182 countries around the world, we are indebted to our bar buddies at Sportspost.com for getting trouser’d and leaving this info at the bar…

Sports represented: soccer 114, basketball 18, baseball 12, auto racing 6, golf 5, American football 5, hockey 5, cricket 4, boxing 3, track and field 3, rugby 2, tennis 2, badminton 1, cycling 1, motorcycle racing 1, sumo 1, yachting 1.

This story appears in the May 2, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.

“Annual Salary” represents only base salary from the most recently completed season or calendar year from each sport, and excludes any other source of compensation, unless otherwise noted. In countries where official salary figures were unavailable, we estimated the number based on information from multiple sources, including leagues, agents, consulates, embassies, sports federations, cultural centers and the U.N. All figures converted to U.S. dollars. Per Capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a leading indicator of national wealth, is the market value of a country’s goods and services divided by its population; we used most recently available GDP data for each country.

CountryBest-Paid AthleteSportLeague, Team (or Competition)Annual SalaryPer Capita GDP
AlbaniaLorik CanasoccerTurkey, Galatasaray$2,500,000$3,846
AlgeriaNadir BelhadjsoccerQatar, Al Sadd$2,779,000$4,029
American SamoaDomata PekoAmerican footballNFL, Cincinnati Bengals$2,950,000$7,874
AndorraIldefons LimasoccerSwitzerland, AC Bellinzona$531,822$43,770
AngolaManuchosoccerTurkey, Manisaspor$865,579$1,892
ArgentinaCarlos TevezsoccerEPL, Manchester City$19,000,000$7,666
ArmeniaHenrikh MkhitaryansoccerUkraine, Shakhtar Donetsk$360,000$2,770
AustraliaAndrew BogutbasketballNBA, Milwaukee Bucks$11,050,000$47,615
AustriaThomas VanekhockeyNHL, Buffalo Sabres$6,400,000$45,563
AzerbaijanAleksandr SamedovsoccerRussia, Dynamo Moscow$1,287,000$4,871
BahrainAbdullah Omar IsmailsoccerSwitzerland, Neuchatel Xamax$202,086$24,409
BangladeshShakib Al HasancricketIPL, Kolkata Knight Riders$425,000$550
BelarusAlexander HlebsoccerEPL, Birmingham City$3,300,000$5,090
BelgiumVincent KompanysoccerEPL, Manchester City$5,340,000$44,254
BeninStephane SessegnonsoccerEPL, Sunderland$2,800,000$739
BermudaReggie LambesoccerEngland (D3), Bristol Rovers$480,000$101,346
BoliviaMarcelo MorenosoccerUkraine, Shakhtar Donetsk$883,449$1,758
BosniaEdin DzekosoccerEPL, Manchester City$8,470,000$4,525
BotswanaMogogi GabonamongsoccerSouth Africa, SuperSport United$354,000$5,959
BrazilFelipe Massaauto racingFormula One$17,052,632$8,114
Brunei DarussalamCraig AdamshockeyNHL, Pittsburgh Penguins$550,000$26,385
BulgariaDimitar BerbatovsoccerEPL, Manchester United$6,700,000$6,458
Burkina FasoCharles KaboresoccerFrance, Marseille$1,118,000$517
BurundiSaidi NtibazonkizasoccerPoland, MKS Cracovia$315,000$151
CameroonSamuel Eto’osoccerSerie A, Inter Milan$8,000,000$1,136
CanadaJason BaybaseballMLB, New York Mets$18,125,000$39,795
Cape VerdeCafusoccerCyprus, Anorthosis Famagusta$287,000$3,131
Central African RepublicEloge Enza YanissisoccerFrance, Troyes$206,000$448
ChadMisdongarde BetoligarsoccerSerbia, FK Metalac$21,500$610
ChileMark GonzalezsoccerRussia, CSKA Moscow$9,324,958$9,623
ChinaYao MingbasketballNBA, Houston Rockets$17,700,000$3,769
ColombiaJuan Pablo Montoyaauto racingNASCAR$5,088,410$5,031
ComorosKassim AbdallahsoccerFrance, CS Sedan Ardennes$120,000$785
Cook IslandsStan Wrightrugby unionMagners League, Leinster$204,000$9,749
Costa RicaBryan RuizsoccerNetherlands, FC Twente$1,720,828$6,395
Ivory CoastYaya TouresoccerEPL, Manchester City$18,200,000$1,093
CroatiaLuka ModricsoccerEPL, Tottenham Hotspur$4,900,000$14,273
CubaYuniesky BetancourtbaseballMLB, Milwaukee Brewers$4,300,000$5,437
CuraƧaoJair JurrjensbaseballMLB, Atlanta Braves$3,250,000$20,295
CyprusConstandinos CharalambidessoccerCyprus, Apoel F.C. Nicosia$1,589,000$29,263
Czech RepublicPetr CechsoccerEPL, Chelsea$7,400,000$18,344
Dem. Rep. of the CongoHerita IlungasoccerEPL, West Ham United$2,730,000$170
DenmarkDaniel AggersoccerEPL, Liverpool$4,500,000$56,687
DjiboutiIsmail Ahmed Kadar HassansoccerSlovakia, F.K. Dunajska Streda$51,500$1,076
Dominican RepublicAlfonso SorianobaseballMLB, Chicago Cubs$19,000,000$4,618
EcuadorAntonio ValenciasoccerEPL, Manchester United$6,361,983$4,206
Egypt (Tie)Mohammed ZidansoccerBundesliga, Borussia Dortmund$2,580,000$2,265
Mohamed Abu TreikasoccerEgypt, Al Ahly$2,580,000
El SalvadorArturo AlvarezsoccerMLS, Real Salt Lake$201,922$3,424
EnglandLewis Hamiltonauto racingFormula One$18,473,684$35,239
Equatorial GuineaRodolfo BodiposoccerSpain (D2), Elche$430,000$17,544
EritreaZersenay Tadesetrack and fieldRoad running$340,000$369
EstoniaRagnar KlavansoccerNetherlands, AZ Alkmaar$2,006,000$14,374
EthiopiaTilahun Regassatrack and fieldRoad running$318,250$345
Faroe IslandsChristian HolstsoccerDenmark, Silkeborg$1,630,000$32,800
FijiVijay SinghgolfPGA Tour$1,334,262$3,604
FinlandKimi Raikkonenauto racingWorld Rally Championship$26,333,333$44,688
FranceFranck RiberysoccerBundesliga, Bayern Munich$14,100,000$41,226
French GuianaFlorent MaloudasoccerEPL, Chelsea$3,441,823$8,300
GabonDaniel CousinsoccerGreece, Larissa$645,000$7,647
GambiaOusman JallowsoccerDenmark, Brondby$314,000$543
GeorgiaZaza PachuliabasketballNBA, Atlanta Hawks$4,251,250$2,522
GermanyDirk NowitzkibasketballNBA, Dallas Mavericks$17,278,618$40,528
GhanaMichael EssiensoccerEPL, Chelsea$5,500,000$627
GreeceTheodoros PapaloukasbasketballGreece, Olympiakos$4,400,000$29,006
GreenlandJesper GronkjaersoccerDenmark, FC Copenhagen$923,440$22,126
GuadeloupeMickael PietrusbasketballNBA, Phoenix Suns$5,300,000$7,900
GuatemalaCarlos RuizsoccerMLS, Philadelphia Union$306,670$2,661
GuineaIbrahima YattarasoccerTurkey, Trabzonspor$717,000$470
Guinea-BissauAlmami MoreirasoccerChina, Dalian Aerbin$573,000$517
HaitiSamuel DalembertbasketballNBA, Sacramento Kings$12,200,000$626
HondurasDavid SuazosoccerSerie A, Inter Milan$5,716,476$1,930
HungaryZoltan GerasoccerEPL, Fulham$2,970,000$12,886
IcelandEidur GudjohnsensoccerEPL, Fulham$2,538,000$37,616
IndiaMs DhonicricketIPL, Chennai Super Kings$1,800,000$1,075
IndonesiaBambang PamungkassoccerIndonesia, Persija Jakarta$160,000$2,349
IranHamed HaddadibasketballNBA, Memphis Grizzlies$1,600,000$4,863
IraqNashat AkramsoccerQatar, Al-Wakrah$900,000$830
IrelandJohn O’sheasoccerEPL, Manchester United$6,800,000$49,115
IsraelYossi BenayounsoccerEPL, Chelsea$6,859,267$27,061
ItalyValentino Rossimotorcycle racingMoto GP$20,800,000$35,289
JamaicaRicardo GardnersoccerEPL, Bolton$2,613,074$4,566
JapanIchiro SuzukibaseballMLB, Seattle Mariners$18,000,000$39,864
JordanOdai Al-SaifysoccerCyprus, Alki Larnaca$145,000$3,973
KazakhstanNik AntropovhockeyNHL, Atlanta Thrashers$3,750,000$6,981
KenyaMcDonald MarigasoccerSerie A, Inter Milan$1,300,000$739
KuwaitBader Al-MutwasoccerSaudi Arabia, Al-Nassr FC$400,000$36,668
KyrgyzstanMirlan MurzaevsoccerIsrael, Hapoel Petah Tikva$150,000$835
LatviaAndris BiedrinsbasketballNBA, Golden State Warriors$9,000,000$11,505
LebanonYoussef MohamadsoccerBundesliga, FC Cologne$1,074,839$8,175
LesothoLehlohonolo SeemasoccerSouth Africa, Orlando Pirates$34,300$780
LiberiaSekou OlisehsoccerRussia, CSKA Moscow$573,000$216
LibyaTariq El TaibsoccerLibya, Al Ahly Tripoli$1,130,000$9,153
LiechtensteinMartin StocklasasoccerAustria, SV Ried$978,800$134,392
LithuaniaLinas KleizabasketballNBA, Toronto Raptors$4,995,000$11,211
LuxembourgAndy Schleckroad bicycle racingpro cycling$2,700,000$108,706
MacedoniaGoran PandevsoccerSerie A, Inter Milan$4,250,000$4,662
MadagascarAnicet AndrianantenainasoccerFrance, AJ Auxerre$86,000$448
MalawiTamika MkandawiresoccerEngland (D2), Millwall$571,000$318
MalaysiaLee Chong WeibadmintonBWF Super Series$106,000$6,967
MaliFrederic KanoutesoccerLa Liga, Sevilla$8,600,000$679
MaltaMichael MifsudsoccerMalta, Qormi$1,142,000$19,543
MartiniqueRonny TuriafbasketballNBA, New York Knicks$4,000,000$14,400
MauritaniaPascal GourvillesoccerFrance (D4), Moissy-Cramayel$353,000$866
MauritiusDiallo GuidileyesoccerFrance, Stade Brest$313,000$6,729
MexicoJorge De La RosabaseballMLB, Colorado Rockies$10,000,000$7,956
MoldovaAlexandru EpureanusoccerRussia, Dynamo Moscow$1,433,000$1,500
MongoliaHakuhosumoJapan Sumo Wrestling$400,000$1,577
MontenegroMirko VucinicsoccerSerie A, AS Roma$6,020,000$6,546
MoroccoMarouane ChamakhsoccerEPL, Arsenal$4,247,000$2,834
MozambiqueMate Simao JuniorsoccerGreece, Panathinaikos$516,000$418
Northern IrelandGraeme McDowellgolfPGA, European tours$5,176,586$35,239
NamibiaCollin BenjaminsoccerBundesliga, Hamburg$1,000,000$4,288
NepalSantosh SahukhalasoccerNepal, Manang Marshyangdi Club$8,430$452
NetherlandsNigel De JongsoccerEPL, Manchester City$10,500,000$47,889
New CaledoniaFrederic PiquionnesoccerEPL, West Ham United$2,972,339$37,124
New ZealandRussell CouttsyachtingRC 44 Championship Tour$10,000,000$27,384
NicaraguaVicente PadillabaseballMLB, Los Angeles Dodgers$2,000,000$1,114
NigerAlhassane IssoufousoccerMorocco, FUS de Rabat$200,000$343
NigeriaJohn Mikel ObisoccerEPL, Chelsea$5,800,000$1,123
NiueMichael Junior Jacksontrack and fieldsprinter, per six weeks of training$5,000$5,800
North Korea (Tie)An Yong-HaksoccerJ-League, Kashiwa Reysol$619,107$499
Jong Tae-SesoccerGermany (D2), VFL Bochum$619,107
NorwayJohn CarewsoccerEPL, Stoke City$4,500,000$78,674
OmanAli Al HabsisoccerEPL, Wigan Athletic$3,000,000$18,876
PakistanShahid AfridicricketPakistan national team salary (100K), plus est. pro cricket salary (two teams)$136,000$886
PalestineFadi LafisoccerOman, Saham$65,000$1,367
PanamaCarlos LeebaseballMLB, Houston Astros$19,000,000$7,155
Papua New GuineaNev Costiganrugby leagueNRL, Newcastle Knights$216,667$1,174
ParaguayRoque Santa CruzsoccerEPL, Manchester City$7,668,947$2,314
PeruClaudio PizarrosoccerBundesliga, Werder Bremen$5,448,894$4,403
PhilippinesManny Pacquiaoboxingtwo fights in 2010$32,000,000$1,747
PolandRobert Kubicaauto racingFormula One$10,657,895$11,311
PortugalCristiano RonaldosoccerLa Liga, Real Madrid$19,500,000$21,807
Puerto RicoCarlos BeltranbaseballMLB, New York Mets$19,325,436$24,744
QatarSebastian Soria QuintanasoccerQatar, Qatar SC$391,000$69,754
Republic of the CongoChristopher SambasoccerEPL, Blackburn Rovers$3,000,000$2,704
RomaniaCristian ChivusoccerSerie A, Inter Milan$5,013,000$7,573
RussiaAndrei KirilenkobasketballNBA, Utah Jazz$17,822,187$8,736
RwandaOlivier KarekezisoccerSweden, Oster$52,000$527
SamoaDavid TuaboxingOctober 2009 bout$500,000$2,926
San MarinoAldo SimoncinisoccerSerie A, Cesena$172,000$54,104
Saudi ArabiaMohammed NoorsoccerSaudi Arabia, Al-Ittihad$1,200,000$14,353
ScotlandDarren FletchersoccerEPL, Manchester United$5,000,000$35,239
SenegalDeSagana DiopbasketballNBA, Charlotte Bobcats$6,478,600$1,018
SerbiaPeja StojakovicbasketballNBA, Dallas Mavericks$15,602,138$5,612
SeychellesMichael ManciennesoccerEPL, Wolverhampton$2,100,000$9,354
Sierra LeoneMadieu WilliamsAmerican footballNFL, Minnesota Vikings$2,974,000$393
SingaporeMardan MamatgolfAsian, Euro golf tours$500,609$37,394
SlovakiaMarian HossahockeyNHL, Chicago Blackhawks$7,900,000$16,203
SloveniaAnze KopitarhockeyNHL, Los Angeles Kings$6,000,000$24,333
SomaliaAbdisalam IbrahimsoccerEngland (D2), Scunthorpe$340,000$220
South AfricaErnie ElsgolfPGA Tour$5,347,012$5,707
South KoreaJi-Sung ParksoccerEPL, Manchester United$4,700,000$17,225
SpainFernando Alonsoauto racingFormula One$22,736,842$32,605
Sri LankaMahela JayawardenecricketIPL, Kochi Tuskers Kerala$1,500,000$2,112
SudanLuol DengbasketballNBA, Chicago Bulls$11,355,850$1,305
SurinameClarence SeedorfsoccerSerie A, AC Milan$4,000,000$5,707
SwazilandTony TsabedzesoccerSouth Africa, Santos Cape Town$212,000$2,668
SwedenZlatan IbrahimovicsoccerSerie A, AC Milan$12,700,000$43,903
SwitzerlandRoger FederertennisATP Tour$7,698,289$65,003
SyriaSanharib MalkisoccerBelgium, Lokeren$400,000$2,463
TahitiFabrice SantorotennisATP Tour$19,500$16,858
TaiwanHong-Chih KuobaseballMLB, Los Angeles Dodgers$2,725,000$18,500
TajikistanFarkhod VasievsoccerRussia, Zhemchuzhina-Sochi$145,000$716
TanzaniaHasheem ThabeetbasketballNBA, Houston Rockets$4,793,280$526
ThailandThongchai JaideegolfEuropean and Asian tours$1,400,000$3,894
TogoEmmanuel AdebayorsoccerEPL, Manchester City$11,900,000$480
TongaChris KemoeatuAmerican footballNFL, Pittsburgh Steelers$2,369,000$3,259
Trinidad And TobagoAnthony HerreraAmerican footballNFL, Minnesota Vikings$1,425,000$15,782
TunisiaKarim HagguisoccerBundesliga, Hannover 96$820,000$3,852
TurkeyHedo TurkoglubasketballNBA, Orlando Magic$9,800,000$8,215
UAEIsmail MatarsoccerUAE, Al-Wahda$360,000$54,138
UgandaMathias KiwanukaAmerican footballNFL, New York Giants$1,776,000$523
UkraineVitali Klitschkoboxingestimated average per fight$6-8M$2,569
UruguayDiego ForlansoccerLa Liga, Atletico Madrid$7,169,746$9,376
U.S. Virgin IslandsTim DuncanbasketballNBA, San Antonio Spurs$18,700,000$13,660
USAAlex RodriguezbaseballMLB, New York Yankees$32,000,000$44,872
UzbekistanMaksim ShatskikhsoccerUkraine, Arsenal Kiev$120,000$1,199
VenezuelaJohan SantanabaseballMLB, New York Mets$21,644,707$11,404
VietnamLee NguyensoccerVietnam, Becamex Binh Duong180,000$1,058
WalesRyan GiggssoccerEPL, Manchester United$6,300,000$35,239
ZambiaChris KatongosoccerGreece, AO Skoda Xanthi$315,300$985
ZimbabweBenjani MwaruwarisoccerEPL, Blackburn Rovers$3,405,584$324