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Gareth Bale 'on £300,000 a week' but not in highest paid list

Gareth Bale has completed his move to Real Madrid. Photo: David Davies/PA Archive

Gareth Bale will be officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player today after completing what is believed to be a world record transfer.

The Welshman will reportedly earn a staggering £300,000 a week in the Spanish capital, making him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.

Despite his astronomical wage, the midfielder would not command a place in the top 10 highest paid athletes in the world, according to a June 2013 article in Forbes.

Here is the top 10 and how much they reportedly earn from their salaries and endorsements.

  • 1. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Total earnings: $78.1 million or £50.2 million.

  • 2. Roger Federer
Roger Federer. Credit: Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA

Total earnings: $71.5 million or £45.9 million.

  • 3. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant. Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/ABACA

Total earnings: $61.9 million or £39.8 million.

  • 4. LeBron James
LeBron James. Credit: Sun Sentinel/ABACA

Total earnings: $59.8 million or £38.4 million.

  • 5. Drew Brees
Drew Brees. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Total earnings: $51 million or £32.8 million.

  • 6. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers. Credit: Ryan Upling/ABACA US

Total earnings: $49 million or £31.5 million.

  • 7. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Total earnings: $48.7 million or £31.3 million.

  • 8. David Beckham
David Beckham. Credit: Briquet - Wyters/ABACA

Total earnings: $47.2 million or £30.3 million.

  • 9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: Emilio Naranjo/EFE

Total earnings: $44 million or £28.3 million.

  • 10. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi. Credit: Albert Olive/EFE

Total earnings: $41.3 million or £26.5 million.

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