Abidjan - Ivorian forward and Man City striker, Yaya Toure, is the only African to make Forbes’ rating of some of the highest earning sportsmen in the world.
He is ranked among the first 10 in football.
Toure, according to Forbes, earned 15.1 million pounds from playing football and endorsements in the last 12 months.
The list, which was published by goal.com, said Toure was ranked 8th on a list that was topped by England’s captain, David Beckam, who earned 36.45 million pounds followed by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 33.6 million pounds.
Others on the list, included Argentina's Lionel Messi, who earned 30.9 million pounds, England's Wayne Rooney earned 9.22 million pounds and Brazil's Kaka, 16.4 million pounds.
Argentina's Sergio Aguero earned 15.9 million pounds during the period in review.
The Forbes’ list put Spain's Fernando Torres on 15.5 million pounds sterling; England's John Terry earned 13.5 million pounds , followed by England's Steven Gerrard with 13.4 million pounds.
Toure had not played for Cote d’Ivoire since the finals of the 2012 Cup of Nations tournament.
Toure however featured during his country’s last two qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.