Forbes releases their annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. The top 10 list includes names like LeBron James, Roger Federer, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Checkout this video:
Which sports player makes the most money?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as it largely depends on the particular sport and the specific player’s earning power. However, some estimates place tennis legend Roger Federer as the highest-paid athlete in the world, with earnings of around $106 million in 2017 alone. Other contenders for the title include basketball superstar LeBron James and football icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
The top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world
Forbes has released its list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes for 2019, which includes salaries and other forms of income earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. The list is topped by boxer Floyd Mayweather, who earned a staggering $285 million over the last 12 months. Here are the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world, according to Forbes:
1. Floyd Mayweather – $285 million
2. Lionel Messi – $127 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $109 million
4. Neymar – $105 million
5. LeBron James – $88.7 million
6. Roger Federer – $93.4 million
7. Stephen Curry – $79.8 million
8. Kevin Durant – $65.4 million
9) Tiger Woods – $63.9 million
10) Kirk Cousins – $60.5 million
The world’s highest-paid footballers
The world’s highest-paid footballers in 2020 include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappé. Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world, earning an annual salary of $127 million. Ronaldo is second with $109 million, while Neymar rounds out the top three with $105 million.
The world’s highest-paid basketball players
According to Forbes, the world’s highest-paid basketball players are LeBron James and Steph Curry, who both make an estimated $33.1 million in salary and endorsements. Curry is also the world’s highest-paid athlete, followed by James and Lionel Messi.
The world’s highest-paid baseball players
In 2019, the top 10 highest-paid baseball players in the world earned a combined $US525 million. The list is topped by Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout, who signed the richest contract in baseball history in March 2019. He is followed by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, who both signed record-breaking deals earlier this year.
Rounding out the top five are Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who are both in the midst of lucrative long-term contracts. The rest of the top 10 highest-paid players are Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Between them, these 10 players earned an average salary of $US52.5 million in 2019.
The world’s highest-paid golfers
The world’s highest-paid golfers are an elite group, with earnings that dwarf the amounts made by most other professional athletes. In 2018, Forbes calculated that the top 10 golfers in the world earned a combined $146 million. That’s more than twice the earnings of the next 10 highest-paid golfers, and nearly four times the earnings of the next 10 after that.
The golfer at the top of Forbes’ list is no surprise: Tiger Woods has been the highest-paid athlete in the world for much of his career. In 2018, Woods earned an estimated $43.3 million from prize money, endorsements and other income sources. That includes a $2 million bonus for winning The Players Championship and a $1 million bonus for finishing second at the Valspar Championship. It was Woods’ first year back on Tour after a long layoff due to injuries, and his performances proved that he is still one of the best golfers in the world.
Rory McIlroy is second on Forbes’ list, with earnings of $37.7 million. McIlroy has been one of the most consistent performers on Tour over the past few years, winning four majors and multiple PGA Tour events. He also has lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, TaylorMade and Omega watches.
Phil Mickelson rounds out the top three with earnings of $36.5 million. Mickelson is one of the most popular golfers in the world, and his popularity has helped him to land endorsement deals with companies like Callaway, KPMG and Rolex watches. Mickelson’s performances on Tour have been inconsistent in recent years, but he still managed to earn more than $4 million in prize money in 2018 thanks to his strong finish at The Players Championship.
The world’s highest-paid tennis players
Tennis is one of the most popular and lucrative sports in the world, with some players earning tens of millions of dollars annually. So who are the highest-paid tennis players?
According to Forbes, the world’s highest-paid tennis player in 2020 is Roger Federer, who earned an estimated $106.3 million. This includes $100 million in prize money and endorsements, making him the first tennis player to ever top $100 million in a year.
Second on the list is Rafael Nadal, who earned an estimated $58 million. Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most of any male player in history, and has been ranked No. 1 in the world for a total of209 weeks.
Third on the list is Novak Djokovic, who earned an estimated $56.3 million. Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, tied for third-most all time among men. He is also the first man to win all nine of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.
Fourth on the list is Andy Murray, who earned an estimated $42 million. Murray is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion and was ranked No. 1 in the world for 41 weeks. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Rounding out the top five is Kei Nishikori, who earned an estimated $33 million. Nishikori is currently ranked No. 7 in the world and has reached a career-high ranking of No. 4. He was also the first Asian male player to ever be ranked in the top 10 of the ATP rankings.
The world’s highest-paid racing drivers
In 2018, the world’s 20 highest-paid racing drivers earned a collective $258 million, with Lewis Hamilton taking home a record-breaking $51 million.
The Englishman has now been the sport’s top earner for four consecutive years and is the only driver to have ever surpassed the $50 million mark in a single season.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is the second highest-paid driver with earnings of $40 million, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounds out the top three with $34 million.
The world’s 20 highest-paid racing drivers are:
1. Lewis Hamilton – $51 million
2. Sebastian Vettel – $40 million
3. Daniel Ricciardo – $34 million
4. Fernando Alonso – $32 million
5. Kimi Raikkonen – $28 million
6. Nico Rosberg – $25 million
7. Jenson Button – $18 million
8. Felipe Massa – $10 million
9. Sergio Perez – $7 million //dropped out of top 10 this year after earning $8.5 million in 2017
10. Valtteri Bottas – $5 million //new entry to the top 10 after moving from Williams to Mercedes
The world’s highest-paid boxers
Boxing is one of the most lucrative sports in the world, with some fighters earning tens of millions of dollars per year. Here are the 10 highest-paid boxers in the world, according to Forbes.
1. Floyd Mayweather – $285 million
2. Manny Pacquiao – $160 million
3. Canelo Alvarez – $94 million
4. Gennady Golovkin – $80 million
5. Oscar De La Hoya – $65 million
6. Anthony Joshua – $55 million
7. Tyson Fury – $30 million
8. George Foreman – $20 million
9. Don King – $15 million
10. Sugar Ray Leonard – $14 million
The world’s highest-paid mixed martial arts fighters
Mixed martial arts is a popular sport with a global following, and its athletes can earn a good living. In fact, some of the world’s highest-paid mixed martial arts fighters are household names.
Conor McGregor, an Irishman, is the highest-paid fighter, having earned an estimated $15 million in 2016. McGregor is followed by American Georges St-Pierre, who earned an estimated $13 million. Rounding out the top five are Americans Jon Jones ($10 million) and Anderson Silva ($8 million), and Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov ($5 million).
These are the world’s highest-paid mixed martial arts fighters, according to Forbes:
1. Conor McGregor – $15 million
2. Georges St-Pierre – $13 million
3. Jon Jones – $10 million
4. Anderson Silva – $8 million
5. Khabib Nurmagomedov – $5 million