The 27 highest paid athletes in the world [SLIDESHOW]

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Last week, ESPN released its list of the 25 highest paid athletes in the world, which actually contained 27 athletes since there is a three way tie for 25.

As it turns out, you can actually make fine living for yourself if you can throw a punch, shoot a basketball or drive a car really, really well. Believe it or not, you can even make quite a bit of money playing a sport called soccer, which according to Wikipedia, consists of non-Americans kicking a ball around while spectators assault each other in the stands.

See for yourself ESPN’s list of the highest paid athletes in the universe.