100: Breaking down Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes

ON THIS POST: FORBES ANNUAL LIST OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES


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$25 million

Cutoff to crack Forbes 2019 list

of world’s 100 highest-paid athletes; it was $17.3m in 2018

$127.0

Total earnings for soccer star

Lionel Messi, making him

world’s highest-paid athlete

69

Players from NBA, NFL

and MLB in the top 100;

no NHL players made the list

WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID
BY SPORT IN TOP 100
Totals in millions
SPORT ATHLETE TOT RK
Soccer Lionel Messi 127.0 1
Boxing Canelo Alvarez 94.0 4
Tennis Roger Federer 93.4 5
Football Russell Wilson 89.5 6
Basketball LeBron James 89.0 8
Golf Tiger Woods 63.9 11
Auto racing Lewis Hamilton 55.0 13
Mixed martial arts Conor McGregor 47.0 21
Baseball Bryce Harper 44.5 23
Cricket Virat Kohli 25.0 100

Forbes top 100 by sport


10, 25

Sports, countries represented

on top 100; Messi is No. 1 on Forbes list for 8th time

12

Record number of times

Tiger Woods has been No. 1

on Forbes list; he’s No. 11

WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES
S/W: Salaray/winnings; END-endorsements
Totals in millions; k-thousands
RK ATHLETE TOT S/W END SPT
1 Lionel Messi 127.0 92.0 35.0 SOC
2 Cristiano Ronaldo 109.0 65.0 44.0 SOC
3 Neymar 105.0 75.0 30.0 SOC
4 Canelo Alvarez 94.0 92.0 2.0 BOX
5 Roger Federer 93.4 7.4 86.0 TEN
6 Russell Wilson 89.5 80.5 9.0 NFL
7 Aaron Rodgers 89.3 80.3 9.0 NFL
8 LeBron James 89.0 36.0 53.0 NBA
9 Stephen Curry 79.8 37.8 42.0 NBA
10 Kevin Durant 65.4 30.4 35.0 NBA
11 Tiger Woods 63.9 9.9 54.0 Golf
12 Ben Roethlisberger 55.5 54.5 1.0 NFL
13 Lewis Hamilton 55.0 45.0 10.0 Auto
13 Anthony Joshua 55.0 45.0 10.0 BOX
13 Khalil Mack 55.0 54.0 1.0 NFL
16 Russell Westbrook 53.7 35.7 18.0 NBA
17 Novak Djokovic 50.6 20.6 30.0 TEN
17 Mike Trout 50.6 47.6 3.0 MLB
19 Phil Mickelson 48.4 12.4 36.0 Golf
20 James Harden 47.7 30.7 17.0 NBA
21 Conor McGregor 47.0 32.0 15.0 MMA
22 DeMarcus Lawrence 46.9 46.8 150k NFL
23 Bryce Harper 44.5 38.0 6.5 MLB
24 Chris Paul 43.8 35.8 8.0 NBA
25 Kyrie Irving 43.3 20.3 23.0 NBA
26 Giannis
Antetokounmpo
43.2 24.2 19.0 NBA
27 Drew Brees 42.4 26.4 16.0 NFL
28 Aaron Donald 41.4 40.9 500k NFL
29 Damian Lillard 41.1 28.1 13.0 NBA
30 Sebastian Vettel 40.3 40.0 300k Auto
31 Blake Griffin 39.1 32.1 7.0 NBA
32 Rory McIlroy 39.0 8.0 31.0 Golf
33 Paul George 38.6 30.6 8.0 NBA
34 Brandin Cooks 38.0 37.5 500k NFL
35 Kei Nishikori 37.3 4.3 33.0 TEN
36 Nick Foles 35.8 33.8 2.0 NFL
37 Rafael Nadal 35.0 9.0 26.0 TEN
38 Manny Machado 34.8 34.3 500k MLB
39 Anthony Davis 34.6 25.6 9.0 NBA
40 Gordon Hayward 34.3 31.3 3.0 NBA
40 Klay Thompson 34.3 19.3 15.0 NBA
42 Carmelo Anthony 34.0 28.0 6.0 NBA
43 Kyle Lowry 33.8 32.3 1.5 NBA
44 Paul Pogba 33.0 29.0 4.0 SOC
45 DeMar DeRozan 32.8 27.8 5.0 NBA
46 Andres Iniesta 32.5 30.0 2.5 SOC
47 Justin Rose 32.4 18.4 14.0 Golf
48 Joel Embiid 32.1 25.6 6.5 NBA
49 Al Horford 32.0 29.0 3.0 NBA
50 David Price 31.7 30.7 950k MLB
51 Mike Conley, Jr. 31.5 30.5 1.0 NBA
52 Jordan Spieth 31.1 2.1 29.0 Golf
53 Alexis Sánchez 30.8 28.3 2.5 SOC
54 Clayton Kershaw 30.7 30.0 700k MLB
55 Kylian Mbappe 30.6 26.6 4.0 SOC
56 Deontay Wilder 30.5 30.0 500k BOX
57 Trey Flowers 30.2 30.0 250k NFL
57 Mesut Ozil 30.2 23.7 6.5 SOC
59 Paul Millsap 30.1 29.6 500k NBA
60 Matt Ryan 29.8 24.8 5.0 NFL
61 Justin Verlander 29.5 28.5 1.0 MLB
62 Yoenis Cespedes 29.4 29.0 400k MLB
63 Miguel Cabrera 29.2 28.7 500k MLB
63 Serena Williams 29.2 4.2 25.0 TEN
65 Geno Atkins 29.1 29.0 75k NFL
66 Oscar 29.0 27.0 2.0 SOC
66 Earl Thomas 29.0 28.5 500k NFL
68 Jake Arrieta 28.8 28.3 500k MLB
68 C.J. McCollum 28.8 25.8 3.0 NBA
70 Kawhi Leonard 28.7 23.2 5.5 NBA
71 Kevin Love 28.4 24.4 4.0 NBA
72 Justin Houston 28.2 28.0 200k NFL
73 Albert Pujols 28.0 27.3 700k MLB
74 Dwight Howard 27.8 24.3 3.5 NBA
75 Antoine Griezmann 27.7 23.2 4.5 SOC
76 Jrue Holiday 27.6 27.1 500k NBA
77 Giancarlo Stanton 27.4 25.4 2.0 MLB
78 Steven Adams 27.2 24.2 3.0 NBA
79 Gareth Bale 27.1 20.6 6.5 SOC
79 Bradley Beal 27.1 25.6 1.5 NBA
81 Tom Brady 27.0 15.0 12.0 NFL
82 Andrew Luck 26.9 24.1 2.8 NFL
82 C.J. Mosley 26.9 26.7 150k NFL
84 Felix Hernandez 26.6 26.3 300k MLB
85 Odell Beckham, Jr. 26.5 21.5 5.0 NFL
85 Otto Porter, Jr. 26.5 26.0 500k NBA
87 Andre Drummond 26.4 25.4 1.0 NBA
88 Harrison Barnes 26.3 24.8 1.5 NBA
89 Nikola Jokic 26.2 25.5 750k NBA
89 Hassan Whiteside 26.2 25.4 750k NBA
91 Andrew Wiggins 26.1 25.5 600k NBA
92 Manny Pacquiao 26.0 24.0 2.0 BOX
93 Saquon Barkley 25.8 21.3 4.5 NFL
94 J.D. Martinez 25.6 24.9 700k MLB
95 Gennady Golovkin 25.5 23.0 2.5 BOX
96 Joey Votto 25.4 25.1 300k MLB
97 Jon Lester 25.3 25.0 300k MLB
98 Marc Gasol 25.1 24.1 1.0 NBA
98 Mohamed Salah 25.1 16.1 9.0 SOC
100 Virat Kohli 25.0 4.0 21.0 CRI

Source: forbes.com