The list of Boston's highest-paid athletes was just released by the Boston Business Journal. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is at the top, pulling in nearly $16 million in 2013. Slugger David Ortiz takes second with a $14.5 millionsalary.

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady comes in third with nearly $14 million in compensation this year.

So how do Boston's highest paid compared to the top earners in the world? Forbe's list that came out a few weeks ago and puts Tiger Woods at the top as a top earner with a staggering $78 million - including endorsement deals and sponsorship. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers made $27 million before any deals came into play.

Top five highest earning athletes:

  1. Tiger Woods - $78 million
  2. Roger Federer - $71.5 million
  3. Kobe Bryant - $61.9 million
  4. LeBron James - $59.8 million
  5. Drew Brees - $51 million