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The highest paid athletes in all of sports

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#5 Kobe Bryant, Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant, 5th highest paid athlete in all of sports. Photo credit - Wikipedia Commons

Kobe Bryant, 5th highest paid athlete in all of sports. Photo credit – Wikipedia Commons

The highest paid athletes in all of sports

Kobe Bryant is the 5th highest paid athlete on this list and he only played in 6 games during the 2013-2014 season. Kobe raked in $61.5 million in pay with $31 million coming from endorsements.

Since stepping foot on an NBA court, Kobe Bryant has been one of the most marketable athletes in sports. After a rape allegation in 2003, which saw several of Kobe’s endorsers walk out the door, he has spent the last decade rehabilitating his image and working his way back up this list.

Now a global icon, the NBA superstar has kept the focus on his play on the court without any damaging headlines over this time span and has since managed to become and endorsement magnet. His revenue stream from endorsements is an estimated 500 thousand dollars more than his NBA earnings.

According to Forbes Bryant makes more in endorsements than most professional athletes make in salary and he isn’t just doing it domestically. Bryant’s endorsements overseas include Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, and Panini.

At 35-year-old, its hard to tell how many season’s Kobe has left in his legs. One thing is for sure, as long as he is playing, the bankable Bryant is sure to command millions in salary and endorsements.

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#5 Kobe Bryant, Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers

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