ESPN The Magazine recently compiled a list of the highest-paid athletes in 30 sports across the globe, and it may come as a surprise that some professional athletes made less than $50,000 in the 2010 season or calendar year.
There was a tie for the highest-paid sport in the world between baseball and boxing. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and boxer Manny Pacquiao tied for the highest salaries, as they both raked in $30 million in 2010.
Basketball and soccer weren't far behind when it came to big paychecks as Kobe Bryant ($24.8 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($19.5 million) ranked atop their respective sports when it came to the 2010 salary. As for football, Peyton Manning led the NFL in 2010 with a $15.8 million salary to quarterback the Indianapolis Colts.
There was a tie for the highest-paid hockey player between Roberto Luongo and Vincent Lecavalier, who each earned $10 million in 2010. The highest-paid poker star wasn't far behind the veteran NHLers, as Canadien professional Jonathan Duhamel won nearly $9.5 million across various events last year, though he donated $100,000 of his winnings to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation.
Women's bowling came in as the lowest-paying sport in 2010, as Shannon Pluhowsky won a total of $40,300 in the 2009-10 calendar year. The men's side fared a bit better, with Walter Ray Williams Jr. winning $152,670 in PBA events in 2009-10.
In case you were wondering, the average mailman earns approximately $60,000 per year.
Check out all the highest-paid athletes' salaries here.