ESPN the Magazine is releasing a report on May 2nd centered around the top-182 highest paid athletes by country in sports.
The link above will take you to a list of the 182 countries in the report and the highest paid athlete for each country by salary (excluding bonuses, endorsements, etc.).
I have refined that list and reorganized it to show the top 20 highest paid athletes by country.
The rules of the report are that only one player can represent one country, therefore you will only see Alex Rodriguez representing the United States and not the Dominican Republic.
Also, multiple athletes cannot appear from the same country, so goodbye Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc.
All monetary values have been converted to US dollars by ESPN to give a baseline currency.
Let's took a look at the top 20 highest paid athletes by country in the world.