MLB grabs 27 spots on Forbes' 100 highest paid athletes list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Cliff Lee is the 30th highest-paid athlete in the world, per a report.
Cliff Lee is the 30th highest-paid athlete in the world, per a report. (USATSI)

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Forbes magazine has released its annual highest-paid athletes in the world list and Major League Baseball was pretty well represented, though not for a while.

At the top is boxer Floyd Mayweather, followed by Christiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Phil Mickelson, Rafael Nadal and Matt Ryan. So no baseball players in the top 10. Not in the top 20, either.

In fact, there isn't an MLB player on the list until Cliff Lee checks in at No. 30. He's immediately followed by Joe Mauer at 31, Miguel Cabrera at 32 and Zack Greinke at 33. Of the final 71 spots in the top 100, 27 are MLB players. You'll find names like Vernon Wells, Barry Zito, Alex Rodriguez and Johan Santana on the list, as the measure is from June 1, 2013 through June 1, 2014.

Baseball is easily the most-represented sport on the list (click here for the list by sport). The NBA has 18 players on it while the NFL has 17. There are 15 soccer players worldwide on the list. There are six tennis players, six autoracers, five golfers and four boxers. Usain Bolt is 45th and is the only track star. Finally, there is one cricket player, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all the way up at 22nd.

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