Rossi's will earn US$35 million this year. Not too bad for riding a bike around a couple of tracks for a few months in the year... ;-))
According to a recent list compiled by Sports Illustrated, Valentino Rossi’s earnings for the current year stand at around US$35 million, which puts him in fifth place in the list of top earning athletes in the world. According to SI, ‘the average earnings of the top 20 non-American sportsmen are at an all-time high $29.5 million.’
Brit David Beckham is on top of SI’s list, with an annual pay packet of $45.2 million, Finnish F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen is in second with $40.1 million, Philippino boxer Manny Pacquiao is in third with $40 million, Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi in fourth with $39.9 million and Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso and MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi are in a tie for fifth place, at $35 million each.