Forbes released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Number one was the famous boxer who makes millions and millions in a matter of a few minutes in a ring, Floyd Mayweather. No wonder his nickname is ‘Money.’ He’s fast, strong and got the wits and skills of Mike Tyson and Mohammad Ali combined. Floyd may be retired, but he is still considered the richest for the fourth time in seven years. He earned a whopping $272 million for his fight against the notorious UFC star Conor McGregor alone last August, with endorsements running into $10 million.
Messi, the Argentian striker made $111 million with salaries, winnings, and endorsements. Messi came second beating his competitor Christiano Ronaldo.
Christiano Ronaldo has been leading the list for the last two years, however, he earned $108 million this year with plenty of gold medals and cups to his earnings.
These footballers are ready to play the Football World Cup next week, so a bonus for that too maybe?
McGregor took an unbelievable fourth spot, thanks to his match with Mayweather.
The top ten in the list-
- 1 Floyd Mayweather (boxing): $285m (£213.6m)
- 2 Lionel Messi (football): $111m (£83.1m)
- 3 Cristiano Ronaldo (football): $108m (£80.9m)
- 4 Conor McGregor (UFC/boxing): $99m (£74.2m)
- 5 Neymar (football): $90m (£67.4m)
- 6 LeBron James (basketball): $85.5m (£64.1m)
- 7 Roger Federer (tennis): $77.2m (£57.8m)
- 8 Stephen Curry (basketball): $76.9m (£57.6m)
- 9 Matt Ryan (American football): $67.3m (£50.4m)
- 10 Matthew Stafford (American football): $59.5m (£44.6m)
Calculations of the Forbes Sports rich list is from 1 June 2017 to 1 June 2018.
A Total of $3.8 billion was collected by the 100 highest paid athletes which are an increase of 23% of the previous year.
Most in the list were NFL stars with 18 athletes included, followed by 14 basketball professionals and 9 soccer players.
No female sportspersons such as Li Na, Maria Sharapova, and Serena Williams were featured. Li Na retired, Sharapova is still under the ban for using illegal substances and Williams was out due to giving birth to her daughter Alexis in September.
Virat Kohli, the name, face and a brand of cricket in India was ranked 83rd in the list is the only Indian in the featured list. He has a combined earning of USD $24 million.
Parents out there who keep telling their children not to play outside, think again!