The Most Surprisingly High-Paid Sports Stars

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We don’t just like to watch our favorite athletes in action; we also want to know how much money they make while doing their thing. And thanks to Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 list, which ranks the highest paid sports stars based on salaries, success, and endorsement gigs, we always have a good idea of what our favorite players are worth.

We expect to see names like Tiger, LeBron, and A-Rod on the list, but some guys just make us scratch our heads. Bleacher Report recently published a list of the most surprising names to grace Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 list. Here’s a sneak peek at some top-earners we didn’t expect to see:

  • New York Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells sits at spot No. 32 on the list. His estimated worth? $21.6M

  • Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson barely makes the title, holding the No. 43 spot. His estimated worth? Over $20M

  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. nabbed the No. 1 spot. His estimated worth? $90M

For the full list of surprisingly high-paid athletes, click on over to Bleacher Report for The Most Surprising Names on Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 List, or peruse a more general list of The Highest Paid Athletes

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