Best Paid Athletes from 200 Countries

I absolutely love lists like this, especially this one as they contrast it with per capita GDP of the country. Enjoy …

Country or territory Athlete Sport league or country, team Salary or prize money 2010 per capita GDP
Afghanistan Shabir Isoufi soccer Eredivise, Feyenoord Rotterdam $80,000 $499
Albania Lorik Cana soccer Serie A, Lazio Roma $2,667,400 $3,677
Algeria Nadir Belhadj soccer Qatar, Al-Sadd $2,779,000 $4,473
American Samoa Isaac Sopoaga football (US) NFL, San Francisco 49ers $4,000,000 $8,000 (2008 est.)
Angola Manucho soccer Spain, Real Valladolid $865,579 $4,322
Anguilla Chesney Hughes cricket England, Derbyshire Falcons $46,867 $13,750
Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood soccer England, Championship, Reading FC $937,000 $12,602
Argentina Sergio Aguero soccer EPL, Manchester City $16,657,100 $9,162
Armenia Apoula Edel soccer Israel, Hapoel Tel Aviv $600,165 $3,031
Aruba David Abdul soccer Eredivise, Sparta Rotterdam $65,312 $22,851
Australia (male) Andrew Bogut basketball NBA, Milwaukee Bucks $12,100,000 $57,119
Australia (female) Samantha Stosur tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $3,476,153 $57,119
Austria Thomas Vanek hockey NHL, Buffalo Sabres $6,400,000 $45,159
Azerbaijan Aleksandr Samedov soccer Russia, Dinamo Moscow $1,200,330 $5,638
Bahamas Alex Smith football (US) NFL, Cleveland Browns $685,000 $22,462
Bahrain Jaycee John Okwunwanne soccer Qatar, Al Kharaitiyat $500,000 $18,184
Bangladesh Siddikur golf Asian, European golf tours, 2011 $328,972 $670
Barbados Emmerson Boyce soccer EPL Wigan Athletic $2,030,235 $14,497
Belarus (male) Alexander Hleb soccer La Liga, Barcelona $5,756,250 $5,702
Belarus (female) Victoria Azarenka tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $3,771,032 $5,702
Belgium (male) Vincent Kompany soccer EPL, Manchester City $6,246,400 $43,815
Belgium (female) Kim Clijsters tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $2,325,741 $43,815
Belize Milt Palacio basketball Spain, Obradoiro $85,000 $4,496
Benin Stephane Sessegnon soccer EPL, Sunderland $2,800,000 $741
Bermuda Nahki Wells soccer England, League 2, Bradford City $83,285 $92,625
Bhutan Chencho soccer India, Royal Wahingdoh FC $4,000 $2,047
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno soccer Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk $1,200,000 $1,978
Bosnia Edin Dzeko soccer EPL, Manchester City $9,327,950 $4,478
Botswana Mogogi Gabonamong soccer South Africa, SuperSport United $354,000 $7,403
Brazil Kaka soccer La Liga, Real Madrid $14,869,000 $10,716
Brunei Darussalam Craig Adams hockey NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins $725,000 $32,648
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov soccer EPL, Manchester United $8,322,290 $6,365
Burkina Faso Charles Kabore soccer France, Olympique Marseille $1,118,000 $520
Burundi Saidi Ntibazonkiza soccer Poland, Crakovia Krakow $352,000 $177
Cambodia (tie) Thun Sophea kick-boxing Cambodia, CTN $30,000 $797
Cambodia (tie) Chhunly Pagenburg soccer Germany, SV Eintracht Trier 05 $30,000 $797
Cameroon Samuel Eto’o soccer Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala $13,337,000 $1,207
Canada Jason Bay baseball MLB, New York Mets $18,125,000 $46,361
Cape Verde Cafu soccer Cyprus, AEL Limassol $250,000 $3,244
Cayman Islands Cydonie Mothersille track & field athletics (200m) $85,000 $57,048
Central African Republic Romain Sato basketball Greece, Panathinaikos $1,733,810 $451
Chad Misdongarde Betoligar soccer Serbia, FK Metalac $21,500 $727
Chile Mark Gonzalez soccer Russia, CSKA Moscow $8,500,000 $11,888
China Li Na tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $3,709,139 $4,354
Colombia Radames Falcao soccer La Liga, Atlético Madrid $7,250,000 $6,223
Comoros Kassim Abdallah soccer France, Sedan-Ardennes $112,031 $737
Cook Islands Stan Wright rugby union Stade Francais, French Top 14 $150,000 $12,212
Costa Rica Bryan Ruiz soccer EPL, Fulham $3,331,410 $7,704
Croatia Luka Modric soccer EPL, Tottenham Hotspur $5,617,540 $13,820
Cuba Yoenis Cespedes baseball MLB, Oakland Athletics $9,000,000 $5,704
Curacao Jair Jurrjens baseball MLB, Atlanta Braves $5,500,000 $15,000 (2004 est.)
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis tennis ATP Tour, 2011 earnings $603,356 $28,364
Czech Republic (male) Petr Cech soccer EPL, Chelsea $7,495,680 $18,839
Czech Republic (female) Petra Kvitova tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $5,145,943 $18,839
Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo basketball NBA, Charlotte Bobcats $2,798,040 $201
Denmark (male) Daniel Agger soccer EPL, Liverpool $5,500,000 $55,830
Denmark (female) Caroline Wozniacki tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $4,065,581 $55,830
Dominica Shane Shillingford cricket West Indies and Windward Islands $35,000 $7,021
Dominican Republic Alfonso Soriano baseball MLB, Chicago Cubs $19,000,000 $5,195
East Timor Emilio Da Silva soccer East Timor, Associacao Desportiva $20,000 $706
Ecuador Antonio Valencia soccer EPL, Manchester United $6,361,986 $4,073
Egypt (tie) Mohammed Zidan soccer Bundesliga, Mainz 05 $2,580,000 $2,654
Egypt (tie) Mohamed Abu Treika soccer Egypt, Al-Ahly $2,580,000 $2,654
El Salvador Arturo Alvarez soccer MLS, Real Salt Lake $192,585 $3,426
England David Haye boxing July 2, 2011 bout vs. Wladimir Klitschko $24,024,600 $36,327 (UK)
Equatorial Guinea Rodolfo Bodipo soccer La Liga, Deportivo La Coruna $430,000 $16,852
Estonia Ragnar Klavan soccer Eredivisie, AZ Alkmaar $1,000,000 $14,135
Ethiopia (female) Aselefech Mergia track & field Distance running, 2011 prize money $263,000 $325
Faroe Islands Christian Holst soccer Denmark, Silkeborg $133,370 $30,500 (2008 est.)
Fiji Vijay Singh golf PGA Tour and Asia Pacific Classic, 2011 $2,546,050 $3,546
Finland Mikko Koivu hockey NHL, Minnesota Wild $7,290,000 $44,502
France (male) Samir Nasri soccer EPL, Manchester City $14,991,400 $39,546
France (female) Marion Bartoli tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,757,863 $39,546
French Guyana Florent Malouda soccer EPL, Chelsea $6,896,985 n/a
Gabon Eric Mouloungui soccer France, Nice $960,264 $12,469
Gambia Ousman Jallow soccer Turkey, Caykur Rizespor $350,000 $579
Georgia Zaza Pachulia basketball NBA, Atlanta Hawks $4,750,000 $2,680
Germany (male) Dirk Nowitzki basketball NBA, Dallas Mavericks $19,092,873 $39,857
Germany (female) Andrea Petkovic tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,652,271 $39,857
Ghana Asamoah Gyan soccer UAE, Al-Ain FC $16,000,000 $1,333
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis basketball Greece, Olympiakos $3,200,880 $26,504
Grenada Devon Smith cricket West Indies and Windward Islands $100,000 $7,429
Guadeloupe Rodrigue Beaubois basketball NBA, Dallas Mavericks $1,236,720 $21,780
Guatemala Carlos Ruiz soccer Mexico, Liga de Ascenso, Veracruz $70,155 $2,882
Guinea Ibrahima Yattara soccer Saudi Arabia, Al Shabab $2,300,000 $427
Guinea-Bissau Almami Moreira soccer Serbia, Vojvodina Novi Sad $505,000 $539
Guyana Ramnaresh Sarwan cricket West Indies and Windward Islands $54,818 $2,996
Haiti Samuel Dalembert basketball NBA, Houston Rockets $7,000,000 $613
Honduras Wilson Palacios soccer EPL, Stoke City $2,082,130 $2,026
Hungary Balazs Dzsudzsak soccer Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala $3,334,250 $12,884
Iceland Heidar Helgusson soccer EPL, Queens Park Rangers $2,498,560 $39,278
India (male) Ravindra Jedeja cricket IPL, Chennai Super Kings, 2012 $2,000,000 $1,406
India (female) Sania Mirza tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $548,834 $1,406
Indonesia Chris John boxing two WBA title bouts, 2011 $1,000,000 $2,949
Iran Hamed Haddadi basketball NBA, Memphis Grizzlies $1,300,000 $5,227
Ireland Shay Given soccer EPL, Aston Villa $4,854,670 $46,220
Israel (male) Yossi Benayoun soccer EPL, Arsenal $5,413,540 $29,312
Israel (female) Shahar Peer tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $475,249 $29,312
Italy (male) Valentino Rossi motocross Moto GP, Ducati $20,000,000 $33,877
Italy (female) Francesca Schiavone tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,782,351 $33,877
Ivory Coast Yaya Toure soccer EPL, Manchester City $15,407,800 $1,154
Jamaica Justin Masterson baseball MLB, Cleveland Indians $3,825,000 $4,899
Japan (male) Ichiro Suzuki baseball MLB, Seattle Mariners $18,000,000 $43,141
Japan (female) Ai Miyazato golf LPGA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,007,633 $43,141
Jordan Odai Al Saify soccer Alki Larnaka (Cyprus) $133,370 $4,445
Kazakhstan (male) Nik Antropov hockey NHL, Winnipeg Jets, 2011-12 $4,250,000 $9,167
Kazakhstan (female) Yaroslava Shvedova tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $512,475 $9,167
Kenya McDonald Mariga soccer Serie A, Parma $1,300,000 $802
Kiribati no pro athletes $1,468
Kuwait Khaled al-Rashidi soccer Kuwait, Al-Arabi $130,000 $45,430
Kyrgyzstan Azamat Baimatov soccer Russia 2nd division, Sibir Novosibirsk $40,000 $865
Latvia Andris Biedrins basketball NBA, Golden State Warriors $9,000,000 $10,663
Lebanon Roda Antar soccer China, Shandong Luneng $3,000,000 $9,284
Lesotho Lehlohonolo Seema soccer South Africa, Orlando Pirates $45,000 $981
Liberia Tamba Hali football (US) NFL, Kansas City Chiefs $16,000,000 $219
Libya Tareq al Tayeb soccer Kuwait, Al Naser $1,500,000 $11,321
Liechtenstein Tina Weirather alpine skiing 2011 World Cup, Alpine Skiing $130,590 $142,781
Lithuania Linas Kleiza basketball NBA, Toronto Raptors $4,605,000 $10,975
Luxembourg Andy Schleck cycling 2011 pro cycling base salary $2,000,000 $105,095
Macedonia Goran Pandev soccer Serie A, Napoli (loan: Inter Milan) $4,001,100 $4,434
Madagascar Anicet Andrianantenaina soccer Bulgaria, Chernomorets Burgas $120,000 $422
Malawi Tamika Mkandawire soccer England, Championship, Millwall $571,000 $357
Malaysia Lee Chong Wei badminton 2011 prize money, Super Series, Grand Prix $267,350 $8,373
Mali Frederic Kanoute soccer La Liga, Sevilla $8,600,000 $599
Malta Michael Mifsud soccer Malta, Valletta FC $80,000 $19,599
Marshall Islands no pro athletes $3,069
Martinique Ronny Turiaf basketball NBA, Washington Wizards $4,360,000 n/a
Mauritania Pascal Gourville soccer France, Moissy-Cramayel $353,000 $1,131
Mauritius Jonathan Bru soccer Portugal, Moreirense $49,607 $7,488
Mexico Jorge De La Rosa baseball MLB, Colorado Rockies $10,500,000 $9,101
Moldova Alexandru Epureanu soccer Russia, FC Dynamo Moscow $1,333,700 $1,626
Mongolia Hakuho sumo Japan Sumo Wrestling, salary & prize money $1,100,000 $2,247
Montenegro Mirko Vucinic soccer Serie A, Juventus $4,667,950 $6,510
Monserrat Anthony Griffith soccer England, League 2, Port Vale $93,728 $9,343
Morocco Moubarak Boussoufa soccer Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala $4,300,000 $2,865
Mozambique Simao Junior soccer Greece, Panathinaikos $516,000 $408
Myanmar Zaw Moe golf Asian Tour, 2011 $93,009 $876
Namibia Collin Benjamin soccer Bundesliga 2, 1860 Munchen $900,000 $5,125
Netherlands Arjen Robben soccer Bundesliga, Bayern Munich $9,602,640 $46,910
New Caledonia Frederic Piquionne soccer EPL, West Ham United $2,175,000 $35,319
New Zealand Sean Marks basketball NBA, Charlotte Bobcats $1,264,687 $32,372
Nicaragua Vicente Padilla baseball MLB, Boston Red Sox $1,500,000 $1,132
Niger Alhassane Issoufou soccer Morocco, FUS de Rabat $200,000 $358
Nigeria John Mikel Obi soccer EPL, Chelsea $4,854,670 $1,240
North Korea Chong Tese soccer Germany, Cologne $652,575 $504
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy golf PGA, European Tour prize money, 2011 $4,928,469 $36,327
Norway (male) John Carew soccer EPL, West Ham United $4,600,000 $84,589
Norway (female) Suzann Pettersen golf LPGA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,322,770 $84,589
Oman Ali Al Habsi soccer EPL, Wigan Athletic $2,914,980 $20,791
Pakistan Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi tennis ATP Tour, 2011 earnings $434,430 $1,003
Palau no pro athletes $10,822
Panama Carlos Lee baseball MLB, Houston Astros $19,000,000 $7,614
Papua New Guinea Nev Costigan rugby league NRL, Newcastle Knights $270,000 $1,428
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz soccer La Liga, Real Betis (on loan from Manchester City) $7,168,590 $2,771
Peru Paolo Guerrero soccer Bundesliga, Hamburger SV $8,000,000 $5,411
Philippines Manny Pacquiao boxing two WBO title bouts, 2011 $50,000,000 $2,140
Poland (male) Marcin Gortat basketball NBA, Phoenix Suns $6,790,640 $12,263
Poland (female) Agnieszka Radwanska tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $2,456,568 $12,263
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo soccer La Liga, Real Madrid $17,338,100 $21,438
Puerto Rico Carlos Beltran baseball MLB, St. Louis Cardinals $13,000,000 $26,461
Qatar Hussein Yasser soccer Belgium, Lierse SK $500,000 $72,398
Republic of the Congo Christopher Samba socc Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala $8,000,000 $2,665
Romania Lucian Bute boxing 2011 bouts Magee, Mendy, Johnson $5,230,000 $7,522
Russia (male) Ilya Bryzgalov hockey NHL, Philadelphia Flyers $10,000,000 $10,351
Russia (female) Maria Sharapova tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $2,899,148 $10,351
Rwanda Edwin Ouon soccer Cyprus, AEL $300,000 $532
Saint Kitts and Nevis Atiba Harris soccer MLS, Vancouver Whitecaps FC $80,590 $10,494
Saint Lucia Darren Sammy cricket West Indies and Windward Islands $191,500 $6,677
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Shandel Samuel soccer Trinidad & Tobago, TT Pro League, Ma Pau SC $40,000 $6,172
Samoa Seilala Mapusua rugby union Kubota Spears $846,600 $3,343
San Marino Aldo Simoncini soccer Serie A, Cesena $120,000 $47,171
Saudi Arabia Mohammad Noor soccer Qatar, Al Jaish $1,230,000 $15,836
Scotland (male) Darren Fletcher soccer EPL, Manchester United $6,662,820 $36,327 (UK)
Scotland (female) Catriona Matthew golf LPGA Tour, 2011 earnings $692,340 $36,327 (UK)
Senegal Mamadou Niang soccer Qatar, Al Sadd $7,000,000 $1,033
Serbia (male) Novak Djokovic tennis ATP Tour, 2011 earnings $12,619,803 $5,123
Serbia (female) Jelena Jankovic tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $1,078,418 $5,123
Seychelles Michael Mancienne soccer Bundesliga, Hamburger SV $2,400,660 $11,451
Sierra Leone Teteh Bangura soccer Turkey, Bursaspor $1,111,230 $352
Singapore Lam Chih Bing golf Asian, European golf tours, 2011 $86,902 $43,783
Slovakia (male) Zdeno Chara hockey NHL, Boston Bruins $8,500,000 $15,976
Slovakia (female) Daniela Hantuchova tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $809,682 $15,976
Slovenia (male) Beno Udrih basketball NBA, Milwaukee Bucks $7,232,500 $23,110
Slovenia (female) Katarina Srebotnik tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $842,365 $23,110
Somalia Abdisalam Ibrahim soccer EPL, Manchester City $850,000 $115
South Africa Steven Pienaar soccer EPL, Everton $4,200,000 $7,255
South Korea Shin-Soo Choo baseball MLB, Cleveland Indians $4,900,000 $21,052
South Sudan Luol Deng basketball NBA, Chicago Bulls $12,341,275 $1,825
Spain Fernando Alonso auto racing Formula One, Ferrari, 2011 salary and prize money $40,000,000 $30,543
Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene cricket IPL, Delhi Daredevils, 2012 $1,400,000 $2,375
Suriname Clarence Seedorf soccer Serie A, AC Milan $4,450,000 $7,018
Swaziland Tony Tsabedze soccer South Africa, Santos $212,000 $3,311
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic soccer Serie A, AC Milan $12,003,300 $48,906
Switzerland Roger Federer tennis ATP Tour, 2011 earnings $6,369,576 $68,880
Syria Sanharib Malki soccer Eredivise, Roda JC Kerkrade $400,000 $2,931
Tahiti Michel Bourez surfing ASP World Tour $162,500 n/a
Taiwan (male) Chien-Ming Wang baseball MLB, Washington Nationals $4,000,000 $36,300
Taiwan (female) Yani Tseng golf LPGA Tour, 2011 earnings $2,921,713 $36,300
Tajikistan Akmal Kholmatov soccer Iran, Pas Hamedan $100,000 $816
Thailand Thongchai Jaidee golf Euro, Asian tours $742,427 $4,613
Togo Emmanuel Adebayor soccer EPL, Tottenham (loan from Manchester City) $13,325,600 $525
Tonga Chris Kemoeatu football (us) NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers $3,223,000 $3,543
Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Herrera football NFL, Minnesota Vikings $2,750,000 $15,205
Tunisia (tie) Anis Ben-Hatira soccer Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin $1,000,280 $4,222
Tunisia (tie) Ammar Jemal soccer Bundesliga, Cologne $1,000,280 $4,222
Turkey Mehmet Okur basketball NBA, New Jersey Nets $10,890,000 $10,095
Turkmenistan Vakhyt Orazsakhedov soccer Russia, Rubin Kazan $200,000 $4,587
Tuvalu Alopua Petoa soccer Tuvalu, FC Tofaga $4,000 $3,187
Uganda Mathias Kiwanuka football (us) NFL, New York Giants $4,750,000 $509
Ukraine (male) Wladimir Klitschko boxing July 2, 2011 bout vs. David Haye $24,024,600 $3,035
Ukraine (female) Elena Vesnina tennis WTA Tour, 2011 earnings $718,980 $3,035
United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil soccer UAE, Al-Wahda $1,320,000 $39,625
United Republic of Tanzania Hasheem Thabeet basketball NBA, Portland Trail Blazers $5,127,720 $516
United States Floyd Mayweather boxing 2011 bout vs. Victor Ortiz $40,000,000 $46,546
US Virgin Islands Tim Duncan basketball NBA, San Antonio Spurs $21,300,000 $14,500 (2004 est)
Uruguay Luis Suarez soccer EPL, Liverpool $6,400,000 $11,952
Uzbekistan Odil Ahmedov soccer Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala $5,000,000 $1,427
Vanuatu Jean Yelou soccer Vanuatu, Amicale FC $10,000 $2,963
Venezuela Johan Santana baseball MLB, NY Mets $23,145,011 $13,503
Vietnam Cung Le MMA UFC prize money, 2011 $420,000 $1,183
Wales (tie) Ryan Giggs soccer EPL, Manchester United $6,662,820 $36,327 (UK)
Wales (tie) Craig Bellamy soccer EPL, Liverpool $6,662,820 $36,327 (UK)
Yemen Ali Al-Nono soccer Yemen, Al-Ahli San’a’ $20,000 $1,437
Zambia Chris Katongo soccer China, Henan Construction $458,000 $1,238
Zimbabwe Nick Price golf PGA, Champions Tour, 2011 $1,313,439 $573

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