Money The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes  

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List of the highest paid athletes in the world, professional athletes who make the most money annually. This is Forbes annual list of the highest-paid professional athletes, updated for 2019 (reflecting top 2018 earning), to help you figure out the current highest paid athlete. Forbes wealthiest athletes list uses salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing deals, and endorsement contracts to determine which athletes earned the most during the previous year. (Taxes and fees paid to representatives like agents are not factored in.)

So who are the highest paid athletes? This list includes elite athletes from all sports - from Cristiano Ronaldo in soccer to boxing sensation, Canelo Álvarez. The athletes on this list play several different sports and the most highly paid athletes tend to be baseball players. Americans dominate the list, but there are athletes from 23 different countries in the top 100. Nike has sponsorship deals with at least 75% of the most highly paid athletes in the world. The deals range from a $10,000 baseball glove deal to $20 million a year players like LeBron James and Tiger Woods, who are the faces behind massive product launches, earning them spots on this list as the best-paid athlete in the world.

Who's the highest paid athlete and the highest paid sportsman? For more sports rumors and athlete trades gossip, visit this list of sports news sites.

 

1
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 42

Earnings: $285 million

2
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31

Earnings: $111 million

3
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34

Earnings: $108 million

4
Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30

Earnings: $99 million

5
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 27

Earnings: $90 million

6
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34

Earnings: $85.5 million

7
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 37

Earnings: $77.2 million

8
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31

Earnings: $76.9 million

9
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 33

Earnings: $67.3 million

10
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31

Earnings: $59.5 million

11
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30

Earnings: $57.3 million

12
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34

Earnings: $51 million

13
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 30

Earnings: $47.6 million

14
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 29

Earnings: $46.4 million

15
Canelo Alvarez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
Canelo Alvarez age 28

Earnings: $44.5 million

16
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 43

Earnings: $43.3 million

17
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 40

Earnings: $42.9 million

18
Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 31

Earnings: $42.3 million

19
Derek Carr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 27

Earnings: $42.1 million

20
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 32

Earnings: $41.4 million

21
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 34

Earnings: $41.4 million

22
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 48

Earnings: $41.3 million

23
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 25

Earnings: 41.2 million

24
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 28

Earnings: 39.2 million

25
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
age 29

Earnings: $39 million