YEARENDER-FACTBOX-Ten biggest sports earners in 2013

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Dec 17 (Reuters) - Following is a list of the 10 biggest

sports earners in 2013.

Total Salary/winnings Endorsements Sport

1. Tiger Woods $78 million $13m $65m Golf

Tiger rediscovered his killer instinct in 2013, surging back

to the top of the world rankings after a blistering start to the

season when he won five of his first 11 events.

Although he failed to add to his haul of 14 major victories

his off-course income perked up, according to the Forbes annual

sporting survey, thanks to sponsorship bonuses with Nike and

Rolex tied to success.

He also collected sizeable appearance fees for competing in

Abu Dhabi, China, Malaysia and Turkey.

2. Roger Federer $72m $7m $65m Tennis

He slipped down the rankings and suffered his leanest season

since 2001 but when it comes to endorsements Federer remains one

of sport's most bankable assets.

The 17-times grand slam winner's reflexes may have slowed

and the picture-perfect backhand has lost its bite but he

retains an impressive portfolio of sponsors including deals with

Nike and Rolex.

3. Kobe Bryant $62m $28m $34m Basketball

A 15-times All-Star, Bryant's $28 million salary made him

the highest-paid player in the NBA in the 2012-13 season and the

future Hall of Famer signed a two-year contract extension with

the Los Angeles Lakers in November.

4. LeBron James $60m $18m $42m Basketball

The man nicknamed 'King James' crowned a memorable 2013 with

his second NBA title, putting in a regal 37-point performance in

the decisive game of the finals to sink the San Antonio Spurs.

Having scooped a fourth Most Valuable Player award, it comes

as no surprise that he is the sport's biggest endorsement

attraction, according to Forbes, thanks to deals with Nike,

McDonald's and Coca-Cola among others.

5. Drew Brees $51m $40m $11m NFL

With six Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title to his

credit since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006, the

quarterback commands a salary befitting his status as one of the

NFL's most successful players.

Gifted with a strong arm and outstanding vision, Brees has

endorsement deals with companies including Nike, Procter &

Gamble and Verizon Wireless.

6. Aaron Rodgers $49m $43m $6m NFL

The three-times Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Most Valuable

Player in 2011 signed a five-year, $110 million deal in April

that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

A broken collarbone in November, however, meant he suffered

a painful end to 2013.

7. Phil Mickelson $49m $5m $44m Golf

Nicknamed 'Phil the Thrill', Mickelson clinched his fifth

major title in commanding fashion in 2013, winning the British

Open with a scintillating five-under 66 in the final round.

One of the biggest drawcards in the game, capable of driving

up television ratings almost single-handedly, he earns more than

$40 million annually from endorsement partners.

8. David Beckham $47m $5m $42m Soccer

The world's most marketable footballer called time on a

career that combined glitz and glamour with some sparkling

silverware in 2013, signing off with a league title at Paris St

Germain.

Endorsements make up the bulk of his earnings and his

bankability is reflected in the Forbes rich list as he tops

shining lights like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo $44m $23m $21m Soccer

This could be the year that Ronaldo finally steps out of the

shadows of Lionel Messi after a stunning hat-trick performance

helped send Portugal to the World Cup finals and made him

favourite to win the World Player of the Year title.

Four years of playing second fiddle to the Argentine for the

coveted Ballon D'Or has not constrained his earning power,

however, with nearly half of his $44 million earnings coming

from endorsements.

10. Lionel Messi $41m $20m $21m Soccer

Having won the accolade for the best soccer player on the

planet since 2009, Messi has already guaranteed his place among

the sport's pantheon of greats.

After smashing several goalscoring records in 2012, this

year has rung alarm bells as he has suffered significant injury

problems for the first time in his career.

(all earnings estimated by Forbes annual sporting survey in

June 2013)

(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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