Forbes magazine for a year made a list of the 100 highest paid high ranking sportsmen for 2018. You will not be surprised that in this ranking there are only men… Last year, the tennis star Serena Williams was the only woman to make the standings, but the athlete decided to have a baby from which her income dropped significantly..
The 2018 highest paid athlete results according to Forbes include all cash prizes, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Approval income for the same period is then added back. The biggest winner of the highest paid athletes in 2018 is now retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who grossed around $ 285 million, according to Forbes. The average age of this year’s top 100 is 31. Golfers Phil Mickelson, who turns 48 this month, and Tiger Woods, 42, are the oldest on the list, followed closely by Mayweather, 41..
Overall, the highest paid athletes are NBA athletes who number 40 in total on the list. It is followed by the football players who are 18. The total amount that you won from the 100 highest paid sportsmen is $ 3.8 billion. For the first time in many years there has been no female presence.
Find out who are the 20 highest paid athletes in the world.
1. Floyd Mayweather – $ 285 million
Are you surprised? And yes, Mayweather has dethroned Cristiano Ronaldo from the first place occupied by the Portuguese for two consecutive years. The boxer owes those millions to the memorable match with Connor McGregor. For once the highest paid athlete is not a footballer.
2. Lionel Messi – $ 111 million
Yes, Cristiano is not here too. Second place is taken by Barcelona star Lionel Messi. His progress is due to the new contract he signed with the Spanish club. Messi has a lifetime contract with Adidas. Its other sponsors include Gatorade, Pepsi, Ooredoo, Huawei and Hawkers. Argentinian-inspired theme park Messi Experience Park set to open in 2020 in the Chinese city of Nanjing.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $ 108 million
Let’s talk about the wolf, here it is in third position. The last three years have indeed been very successful for Ronaldo at the professional level. He has won several trophies, but his income has diminished a bit from where he occupies the third position in this ranking. His lifetime contract with Nike is worth over $ 1 billion. Its other sponsors are also Herbalife, EA Sports and American Tourister. He is not only one of the highest paid sportsmen, but also remains the most popular athlete in the world with 322 million social media subscribers.
4. Conor McGregor – $ 99 million
The UFC’s biggest star hasn’t set foot in the Octagon professionally since November 2016, but Conor McGregor scored his biggest win yet thanks to a 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor invested around $ 85 million in the fight, more than five times his highest salary. The fight generated 4.3 million PPV purchases and generated more than $ 550 million in revenue.
The Irishman has signed a series of deals over the past 12 months with the buzz surrounding the Mayweather fight. Its current sensors are Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile and Betsafe. It has also signed a residency contract with the Wynn Las Vegas for all its partners and digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and Mac Life, also generate a lot of money..
5. Neymar – $ 90mіllіons
In August 2017, the Brazilian superstar signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain worth over $ 600 million. Of that, $ 250million was paid to his former club Barcelona to free him from his contract. The remaining $ 350 million will be paid in the form of a salary thanks to his gaming contract which will last until June 2022. The 26-year-old works with global sponsors such as Nike, Red Bull, Gillette, McDonalds and Beats by Dre . He was the first football player to have his own Air Jordan sneakers made by the Swoosh.
6. LeBron James – $ 85.5 million
The four-time NBA MVP has reached the NBA Finals eight years in a row and nine times in total. In the most recent season, he broke Michael Jordan’s multi-year record with double-digit points and became the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points. For all his successes on the pitch, King James’s off-court exploits are equally impressive. He is the highest paid in the NBA with sponsors such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre, Kia Motors, Intel and Blaze Pizza.
LeBron was also an early investor in Blaze, and his investor group owns 17 of the fast growing franchises. James’s signature Nike sneakers are the best sellers among active NBA players. He owns his own production company, SpringHill Entertainment. Even its 2% stake in Liverpool, acquired through its partnership with Fenway Sports Group, grows in value with the English club reaching the Champions League final for the first time since 2007.
But James’s biggest achievement might be his impact on the children of Ohio. Three years ago, he announced plans to spend $ 41 million to send kids to college for free. The foundation will open its first primary school in 2018. Well done, James !
7. Roger Federer – $ 77.2 million
The greatest male tennis player of all time added two majors to his record, bringing his total to 20 points. He briefly returned to the world rankings in 2018, becoming the oldest over three years to reach ATP. Federer has won $ 116 million in prizes in his career, but his total payout outside of appearances and endorsements is nowhere near enough. Mercedes-Benz and Lindt renewed their contracts with Federer at the end of 2017. Federer is not only one of the highest paid sportsmen, but also very famous and loved by the public.
Last year, he added the pasta brand Barilla as a sponsor for $ 40 million. Many of Federer’s sponsorship relationships are over a decade old. Its partners include Wilson, Credit Suisse, Mercedes, Rolex, Lindt, Jura, Moet et Chandon, Sunrise and NetJets.
8. Stephen Curry – $ 76.9 million
The two-time MVP signed the NBA’s first $ 200 million contract last summer. The five-year deal guarantees the Warriors $ 201 million. Curry’s salary nearly tripled last season and led the NBA for the first time. Its approval partners include Under Armor, Chase, Vivo, eHi, Nissan / Infiniti, Brita, Bubble and JBL and generate estimated out-of-court revenue of $ 42 million. Sony Pictures announced a multi-year development and production contract with Curry this year. New production company Unanimous Media, founded by Curry and partners Jeron Smith and Erick Peyton, will seek to develop and produce film and television projects focused on family, faith and sport..
9. Matt Rуan – $ 67.3 million
Ryan became the NFL’s first $ 30 million a year player in May when the Falcons blocked their franchise quarterback until 2023. The deal set new average salary records ($ 30 million), total value ($ 100 million) and a signing bonus ($ 46.5 million, half of which was carried over to April 2019). Ryan won the title of Best NFL Player in 2016, while also leading the league passing and getting the Falcons in the Super Bowl. The MVP and the Super Bowl have increased their marketing profile. Its strong endorsement profile includes major brands such as Nike, Gatorade, Delta Airlines, IBM, Mercedes Benz and Banana Republic.
10. Matthew Ѕtafford – $ 59.5 million
Stafford signed the richest contract in NFL history last summer (since passed by Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Ryan). The five-year deal is valued at $ 135 million, with $ 60.5 million guaranteed. The $ 50 million signing bonus included $ 34 million at the time of signing in August 2017 and $ 16 million at the start of 2018. Stafford was the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and the 2014 Pro Bowler. has yards and set an NFL record as the fastest 3,000 career accomplishments (125 games). Stafford endorses Nike, PepsiCo, Fanatics, Croix Bleue / Blue Shield, Ford Motor, Panini and St. Joe’s Hospital.
11. Kevin Durant – 57.3 mіllіons of dollars
12. Lewis Hamilton – 51 million dollars
13. Russell Westbrook – $ 47.6 million
14. James Harden – 46.4 million dollars
15. Canelo Alvarez – 44.5 million dollars
16. Tiger Woods – 43.3 million dollars
17. Drew Brees – 42.9 million dollars
18. Sebastian Vettel – 42.3 million dollars
19. Derek Carr – 42.1 million dollars
20. Rafael Nadal and Alex Smith share the 20th position in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in 2018 with 41.4 million dollars.