5. Drew Brees | American Football

Salary/winnings: $40m Endorsements: $11m Total pay: $51m

Brees has made the most of a long and prosperous career at the elite level of one of America's favourite sports, and at the age of 34, he benefits from many huge endorsements courtesy of the image he has built up over the years. 

A master of his profession, Brees holds the NFL franchise record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, with his 54.

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