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# 9 Cristiano Ronaldo

Total earnings: $44 million
Salary/winnings: $23 million
Endorsements: $21 million

Ronaldo was runner-up in 2012 in voting for the world's best player of the year after notching 60 goals in 55 games. Contract extension talks with Real Madrid stalled prior to the start of the 2012-13 season over the player's share in his image rights. He currently splits them 60-40 with the club, known for usually taking 50% of a player's rights. The Portuguese winger has a lot at stake -- he currently earns nearly half of his $44 million income from sponsors. His current contract with Real runs through the 2014-15 season. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)

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