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[edit]

The following list shows the highest-paid athletes of all time, as of 2017:[1]

The list is only about modern athletes. For example Gaius Appuleius Diocles a Lusitania Chariot racer is said to have earned 35,863,120 sesterces, by some estimation over $15 billion in today's dollars.[2] This means he would be the best paid athlete of all time.

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

2018 list[edit]

The 2018 list:[3]

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:[4]

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 England England $46 million $38 million $8 million

2016 list[edit]

The 2016 list:[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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]

  1. ^ Badenhausen, Kurt (2017-12-13). "The 25 Highest-Paid Athletes Of All Time". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  2. ^ Wardrop, Murray (2010-08-13). "Wealth of today's sports stars is 'no match for the fortunes of Rome's chariot racers'". Telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
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  4. ^ "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2017". Forbes. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2016". Forbes. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Forbes Announces 2015 List Of The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes". Forbes. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Floyd Mayweather Heads 2014 List Of The World's Highest-Paid Athletes". Forbes. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  8. ^ "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2013: Behind The Numbers". Forbes. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Mayweather Tops List Of The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes". Forbes. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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