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Matthew Stafford Is Sixth Highest Paid Athlete In The World

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions walks off the field after failing to get the first down in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions walks off the field after failing to get the first down in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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By: Evan Jankens
@kingofthekc

Leo DiCaprio may have said it best on the bow of a great big ship: “I’m king of the world.” Those five words could be the same thing Matthew Stafford is uttering today after a report from ESPN.com has him listed as the sixth highest athlete in the world. He’s making $31.5 million for the 2014 season.

The only athletes earning more than Stafford are Floyd Mayweather, ($73.5 million) Christiano Ronaldo, ($50.2 million) Lionel Messi, ($50.1 million) Aaron Rodgers, ($40 million) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($35 million). 

Calvin Johnson also made the list, earning $25 million this season, which ranks him as the 16th highest paid player.

The only other Detroit athlete (well, someone who was a Detroit athlete) to make the list was Prince Fielder, who is making $24 million.

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