This list is based on salary and endorsements. Salary includes any money made from playing on the field, ring, track plus bonuses.Endorsements include any money made off-field, and that includes fees, sponsorship etc. There are some noticeable changes from previous lists, which were typically dominated by Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather. Tiger Woods is struggling with injuries, while Floyd has retired.
According to Forbes’ annual list, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the No. 1 spot for 2016, earning $88million within the last year. His contract with Real Madrid is worth $50million with bonuses per year until 2018, and he signed a contract with Nike worth 13 million a year. Also, Ronaldo is the world’s most popular athlete with 216 million social media followers.
C. Ronaldo’s bitter rival Lionel Messi landed at No.2 with $84.1 million. His current deal with Barcelona earns him around $21.5 million after tax, and he has a unique contract with Adidas earning around $40 million years.
LeBron James is at place No.3 earning 77.2 million, and he is followed by tennis player Roger Federer with 67.8 million.
Top 5 highest paid athletes List
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messi
- LeBron James
- Roger Federer
- Kevin Durant