Paris: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery was France's best-paid sportsperson in 2011, according to a study set to be published by weekly magazine L'Equipe Mag on Saturday.
Ribery's gross annual income of 11.4 million euros ($15m) meant that he succeeded former France team-mate Thierry Henry, who had occupied the position for the previous four years.
Ribery's 833,000 euros monthly salary is believed to make him the best-paid player in the German Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old leads the league table of French sport's highest earners ahead of San Antonio Spurs basketball player Tony Parker (11.2m euros in 2011) and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (11m euros).
New York Red Bulls striker Henry, who earned 9.2m euros in 2011, slipped to fourth place.
The top 10 best-paid French sportspeople in 2011 (L'Equipe Mag)
1. Franck Ribery (football), 11.4 million euros, 2. Tony Parker (basketball), 11.2m, 3. Karim Benzema (football), 11m, 4. Thierry Henry (football), 9.2m, 5. Eric Abidal (football), 7.5m, 6. Samir Nasri (football), 7.3m, 7. Sebastien Loeb (rally), 7.2m, 8. Yoann Gourcuff (football), 6.8m, 9. Boris Diaw (basketball), 6.1m, 10. Patrice Evra (football), 6m