Our list of the highest-paid athletes looks at earnings derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and licensing income between June 2008 and June 2009 and does not deduct for taxes or agents' fees. Overall, the top 20 earned US$789 million, down 1 per cent from last year. The cut-off to make the list was US$30 million.

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