May 16 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Fernando Alonso is the third-highest ‘international’ sports earner on earth, according to the influential US magazine Sports Illustrated.
Excluding American athletes, like undefeated boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather who has already earned $90 million in 2013, the highest paid sportsman is British footballer David Beckham.
His $48 million is trailed by tennis’ Roger Federer (43m), followed by Ferrari’s Alonso, whose estimated $42 million in 2013 will include his retainer and endorsements.
Spaniard Alonso reportedly makes more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (35m) and FC Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to the international list.
F1’s next representative, coming in at eleventh on the list with almost $24 million, is Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, while the newly-retired Michael Schumacher is still raking in the income, with just under $20m estimated.