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
Total earnings: $78.1 million or £50.2 million.
- 2. Roger Federer
Total earnings: $71.5 million or £45.9 million.
- 3. Kobe Bryant
Total earnings: $61.9 million or £39.8 million.
- 4. LeBron James
Total earnings: $59.8 million or £38.4 million.
- 5. Drew Brees
Total earnings: $51 million or £32.8 million.
- 6. Aaron Rodgers
Total earnings: $49 million or £31.5 million.
- 7. Phil Mickelson
Total earnings: $48.7 million or £31.3 million.
- 8. David Beckham
Total earnings: $47.2 million or £30.3 million.
- 9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Total earnings: $44 million or £28.3 million.
- 10. Lionel Messi
Total earnings: $41.3 million or £26.5 million.