Top Five World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2019 -Forbes


The rank according to Forbes, span across 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries. Their $4 billion in combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019 is up 5% from last year, when Floyd Mayweather was first with $285 million.

#1 Lionel Messi

Source of income : Soccer

Max commission :$127M

Salary : $92M

Endorsements : $35M

Citizenship : Argentina

Messi’s current Barcelona contract is through 2020-21 and pays him over $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas.

#2 Christiano Ronaldo

Source of income : Soccer

Earnings : $109M

Salary :$65M

Endorsements : $44 M

Citizenship : Portugal

Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 after nine years with Real Madrid. He took a pay cut with his four-year deal worth $64 million annually. Within 24 hours of release, Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth over $60 million.

#2 Neymar

Source of income : Soccer

Earnings : $105M

Salary : $75M

Endorsements : $30M

Citizenship : Brazil Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.

#4 Canero Alverez

Source of income : Boxing

Earnings : $94M

Salary : $92M

Endorsements :$2M

Citizenship : Mexico

Streaming service DAZN committed $365 million in 2018 to lock up the next 11 fights of boxing’s biggest pay-per-view star.

Alvarez pocketed roughly $50 million combined for his first two fights on DAZN but should earn at least $35 million per fight in the future.

#5 Roger Federer

Source of Wealth : Tennis

Earnings : $93M

Salary : $7.4M

Endorsements : $86M

Citizenship : Switzerland

The greatest men’s tennis player of all time briefly returned to the No. 1 ranking in 2018, becoming the oldest man by more than three years to do it.

Federer has won $124 million in prize money in his career, but the total is dwarfed by his off-court earnings from appearances and endorsements.

To be continued…

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