Forbes recently revealed a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world today. Here, we share the top 10 from that list.
10) Matt Ryan, NFL – $43.8m
9) Rafael Nadal, tennis – $44.5m
8) Phil Mickelson, golf – $53.2m
Phil Mickelson picked up some extra dollars in sponsor bonuses after winning the British Open for the first time last year. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners, according to Forbes.
7) Roger Federer, tennis – $56.2m
6) Tiger Woods, golf – $61.2m
Tiger Woods’ comeback from back surgery has not gone according to plan as he failed to impress in the two tournaments this summer. However, the former top-ranked golfer is second on the list of most Major titles won – 14.
5) Kobe Bryant, NBA – $61.5m
Kobe Bryant managed just six games in the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury but had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year – a whopping $30.5m, nearly $8m higher than any other player, according to Forbes.
4) Lionel Messi, football – $64.7m
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo in this year’s Ballon d’Or award after winning it four consecutive times. In May, he signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish club which will pay him $50m annually.
3) LeBron James, NBA – $72.3m
LeBron James won back-to-back championships with Miami Heat and four MVP awards. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300m in the US last year, according to SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA’s best-seller.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo, football – $80m
Holder of the Ballon d’Or and an integral cog of the Real Madrid squad, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the sport’s most valuable player in the world in 2013 for the second time in his career. Real won the Champions League last season and the Portuguese has a record five-year contract worth more than $200m.
1) Floyd Mayweather, boxing – $105m
But the world’s highest-paid athlete is boxer Floyd Mayweather who became the athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes’ annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32m for his May fight with Marcos Maidana.