Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes

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This is a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world as ranked by Forbes magazine.

All time list (2017)[edit]

The following list shows the highest-paid athletes of modern times, measured in United States dollars, as of 2017:[1]

The list is only about modern time athletes. For example, Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a Roman Chariot racer is said to have earned 35,863,120 sesterces, by one estimation over $15 billion in today's dollars.[2] This means he would be the best paid athlete of all time, derived from an extrapolation that his wealth would have been enough to fund the entire Roman Army for more than two months, "the apt comparison is what it takes to pay the wages of the American armed forces for the same period."[2]

Rank Name Sport Nation Earnings
Million $
1 Michael Jordan Basketball United States United States 1,850
2 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States 1,700
3 Arnold Palmer Golf United States United States 1,400
4 Jack Nicklaus Golf United States United States 1,200
5 Michael Schumacher Auto racing Germany Germany 1,000
6 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States 815
7 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States 800
David Beckham Association football England England
9 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing United States United States 785
10 Shaquille O'Neal Basketball United States United States 735

2020 list[edit]

The 2020 list:[3]

Rank Name Sport Nation Earnings Salary/winnings Endorsements
1 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $106.3 million $6.3 million $100 million
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $105 million $60 million $45 million
3 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $104 million $72 million $32 million
4 Neymar Association football Brazil Brazil $95.5 million $70.5 million $25 million
5 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $88.2 million $28.2 million $60 million
6 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $74.4 million $30.4 million $44 million
7 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $63.9 million $28.9 million $35 million
8 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $62.3 million $2.3 million $60 million
9 Kirk Cousins American football United States United States $60.5 million $58 million $2.5 million
10 Carson Wentz American football United States United States $59.1 million $55.1 million $4 million

2010-2019 list[edit]

The 2010-2019 list:[4]

Rank Name Sport Nation Earnings
1 Floyd Mayweather Boxing United States United States $915 million
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $800 million
3 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $750 million
4 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $680 million
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $640 million
6 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $615 million
7 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $480 million
8 Manny Pacquiao Boxing Philippines Philippines $435 million
9 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $425 million
10 Lewis Hamilton Auto racing United Kingdom United Kingdom $400 million

2019 list[edit]

The 2019 list:[5]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $127 million $92 million $35 million
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $109 million $65 million $44 million
3 Neymar Association football Brazil Brazil $105 million $75 million $30 million
4 Canelo Álvarez Boxing Mexico Mexico $94 million $92 million $2 million
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $93.4 million $7.4 million $86 million
6 Russell Wilson American football United States United States $89.5 million $80.5 million $9 million
7 Aaron Rodgers American football United States United States $89.3 million $80.3 million $9 million
8 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $89 million $36 million $53 million
9 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $79.8 million $37.8 million $42 million
10 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $65.4 million $30.4 million $35 million

2018 list[edit]

The 2018 list:[6]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Floyd Mayweather Boxing United States United States $285 million $275 million $10 million
2 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $111 million $84 million $27 million
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $108 million $61 million $47 million
4 Conor McGregor Mixed martial arts Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland $99 million $85 million $14 million
5 Neymar Association football Brazil Brazil $90 million $73 million $17 million
6 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $85.5 million $33.5 million $52 million
7 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $77.2 million $12.2 million $65 million
8 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $76.9 million $34.9 million $42 million
9 Matt Ryan American football United States United States $67.3 million $62.3 million $5 million
10 Matthew Stafford American football United States United States $59.5 million $57.5 million $2 million

2017 list[edit]

The 2017 list:[7]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $93 million $58 million $35 million
2 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $86.2 million $31.2 million $55 million
3 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $80 million $53 million $27 million
4 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $64 million $6 million $58 million
5 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $60.6 million $26.6 million $34 million
6 Andrew Luck American football United States United States $50 million $47 million $3 million
6 Rory McIlroy Golf Northern Ireland Northern Ireland $50 million $16 million $34 million
8 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $47.3 million $12.3 million $35 million
9 James Harden Basketball United States United States $46.6 million $26.6 million $20 million
10 Lewis Hamilton Auto racing United Kingdom United Kingdom $46 million $38 million $8 million

2016 list[edit]

The 2016 list:[8]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $88 million $56 million $32 million
2 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $81.4 million $53.4 million $28 million
3 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $77.2 million $23.2 million $54 million
4 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $67.8 million $7.8 million $60 million
5 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $56.2 million $20.2 million $36 million
6 Novak Djokovic Tennis Serbia Serbia $55.8 million $21.8 million $34 million
7 Cam Newton American football United States United States $53.1 million $41.1 million $12 million
8 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $52.9 million $2.9 million $50 million
9 Jordan Spieth Golf United States United States $52.8 million $20.8 million $32 million
10 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $50 million $25 million $25 million

2015 list[edit]

The 2015 list was released on 10 June 2015.[9]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing United States United States $300 million $285 million $15 million
2 Manny Pacquiao Boxing Philippines Philippines $160 million $148 million $12 million
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $79.6 million $52.6 million $27 million
4 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $73.8 million $51.8 million $22 million
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $67 million $9 million $58 million
6 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $64.8 million $20.8 million $44 million
7 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $54.1 million $19.1 million $35 million
8 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $50.8 million $2.8 million $48 million
9 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $50.6 million $0.6 million $50 million
10 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $49.5 million $23.5 million $26 million

2014 list[edit]

The 2014 list was released on 11 June 2014.[10]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing United States United States $105 million $105 million $0
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $80 million $52 million $28 million
3 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $72.3 million $19.3 million $53 million
4 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $64.7 million $41.7 million $23 million
5 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $61.5 million $30.5 million $31 million
6 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $61.2 million $6.2 million $55 million
7 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $56.2 million $4.2 million $52 million
8 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $53.2 million $5.2 million $48 million
9 Rafael Nadal Tennis Spain Spain $44.5 million $14.5 million $30 million
10 Matt Ryan American football United States United States $43.8 million $42 million $1.8 million

2013 list[edit]

The 2013 list was released on 5 June 2013.[11]

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $78.1 million $13.1 million $65 million
2 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $71.5 million $6.5 million $65 million
3 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $61.9 million $27.9 million $34 million
4 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $59.8 million $17.8 million $42 million
5 Drew Brees American football United States United States $51 million $40 million $11 million
6 Aaron Rodgers American football United States United States $49 million $43 million $6 million
7 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $48.7 million $4.7 million $44 million
8 David Beckham Association football England England $47.2 million $5.2 million $42 million
9 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $44 million $23 million $21 million
10 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $41.3 million $20.3 million $21 million

2012 list[edit]

The 2012 list was released on 18 June 2012.[12]

Rank Name Sport Nationality Total earnings Salary/winnings Endorsements
1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing United States United States $85 million $85 million $0
2 Manny Pacquiao Boxing Philippines Philippines $62 million $56 million $6 million
3 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $59.4 million $4.4 million $55 million
4 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $53 million $13 million $40 million
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $52.7 million $7.7 million $45 million
6 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $52.3 million $20.3 million $32 million
7 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $47.8 million $4.8 million $43 million
8 David Beckham Association football England England $46 million $9 million $37 million
9 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $42.5 million $20.5 million $22 million
10 Peyton Manning American football United States United States $42.4 million $32.4 million $10 million

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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