Top 10 Forbes Highest Paid Athletes 2019

Posted on February 21, 2019, 4:29 pm
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Forbes which is a top-rated business magazine in America and it is used to publish on every week since the foundation. The business magazine Forbes consists of finance, industry, marketing topic features along with technology, science, communications, politics, and law. The magazine is well known for its lists of rankings including richest and so on. Now, we are going to talk about top 10 Forbes highest paid athletes 2018 which article is published in Forbes magazine recently.

Top 10 Forbes Highest Paid Athletes 2019Top 10 Forbes Highest Paid Athletes 2019

There are different types of sports are currently popular in the World and among them, football or soccer is the one. It seems that than any other sports top-rated football players used to earn a very handsome amount just like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both of them are in the list of Forbes since long. Besides, a famous boxer Floyd Mayweather is holding the top position on Forbes highest paid athletes and in 2018, he is still in the top position. So, let’s take a look below where we present top 10 Forbes highest paid athletes 2018 list with full details.

1st – Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Forbes
  • Profession – Boxing
  • Salary/ Winnings – $275 Million
  • Endorsements – $10 Million
  • Nation – United States

Floyd Mayweather Bio:

Floyd Mayweather is an American professional boxer and also a promoter. He is currently 41 years old but continuing his professional career. He missed the last season but the fight which executed in August 2017 against Conor McGregor at Las Vegas generated more than $550 million in revenue.

He is in the Forbes list considering different facts. He is top-rated celebrity along with highest paid athletes in the World 2018 and also America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40 considering the statement in 2016.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

He has currently some big endorsements agreement and from them, he is earning almost $10 million every year. His annual salary or winnings consists of $275 million that makes as the highest paid athletes in the World right now.

2nd – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Forbes
  • Profession – Footballer
  • Salary/ Winnings – $84 Million
  • Endorsements – $27 Million
  • Nation – Argentina

Lionel Messi Bio:

Lionel Messi or simply Messi is the Argentine professional football player who is playing as the captain for both Spanish club Barcelona and Argentina national team. He is a top-rated forward as well as playmaker or game changer.

Lionel Messi is regarded as the best football player in the World and also considered by many as the greatest players of all time. He has won jointly highest five times Ballon d’Or awards and four of them in a row. He is the 2nd highest paid athletes in the World according to Forbes magazine.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

He is currently 31st years old but he is in the Forbes highest paid athletes list since a couple of years. Earlier he was in 3rd, 4th or below position but according to the year 2018, he is promoted to the 2nd position so far. His annual income is reportedly $84 million along with $27 million endorsement deals.

3rd – Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo forbes
  • Profession – Footballer
  • Salary/ Winnings – $61 Million
  • Endorsements – $47 Million
  • Nation – Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo bio:

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese national team football player and currently playing for Italian top flight Juventus. Earlier, he was a key player of Real Madrid but at the beginning of the season 2018/19, he left the Spanish giant and joined at the Italian side.

He is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time and also won five Ballon d’Or jointly highest with Lionel Messi. He is one of the highest paid athletes in the World as stated by Forbes. He was in the 2nd position earlier but in 2018, his position is demoted and now, he is standing on the 3rd position so far.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

The Portuguese goal machine is currently 33 years old and hopefully upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022 would be his last FIFA World Cup so far. His current annual salary is reported $61 million and the income from endorsements deals is $47 million so far.

4th – Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor forbes
  • Profession – Mixed Martial Arts
  • Salary/ Winnings – $85 Million
  • Endorsements – $14 Million
  • Nation – Ireland

Conor McGregor Bio:

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer who is very well known at the recent time. He is currently 30 years old and already made his place among the highest paid athletes considering Forbes.

Since 2008, he made his professional debut but in 2017 he made his debut on the professional boxing career as well.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

In the inauguration, he faced defeat against Floyd Mayweather. But he banked an estimated $85 million for the competition which was five times more than any previous paycheck.

Besides, his current partners are Burger King, Anheuser Busch, Beats by Dre, David August, Monster Energy, BSN, HiSmile and Betsafe. However, his annual salary is reported $85 million but generally, he used to earn less through the endorsement deals. He is earning from endorsement agreement is $14 million so far.

5th – Neymar Jr

Neymar Jr forbes
  • Profession – Footballer
  • Salary/ Winnings – $73 Million
  • Endorsements – $17 Million
  • Nation – Brazil

Neymar Bio:

Neymar is a Brazilian professional football player and currently playing for French side Paris Saint Germain. He is also known as Neymar Jr officially. He is currently 26 years old and already placed himself as one of the highest paid athletes in the World considering Forbes.

However, this 26 years old Brazilian forward is to be considered as one of the best players in the World in recent time being. He is well known for his dribbling, finishing, skill and ability to play with both feet. Neymar who started his professional club career in 2009 with Santos and since 2010, he joined at the Brazilian national team so far.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

He played for his dream club Barcelona but last season, he left the Camp Nou and joined at the Parc des Princes by making a record transfer history. His current salary is $73 million along with $17 million endorsement deals.

6th – LeBron James

LeBron James forbes
  • Profession – Basketball Player
  • Salary/ Winnings – $33.5 Million
  • Endorsements – $52 Million
  • Nation – United States

LeBron James Bio:

LeBron James is a professional basketball player in America who is playing for the club Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association or NBA. However, LeBron James is considered one of the best basketball players in the World and also regarded by some as the greatest player of all time so far.

He is currently 33 years old but won plenty of titles so far. He was awarded for NBA most valuable player, three NBA finals MVP awards and so on. He is also one of the highest paid athletes in the World 2018.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

He has endorsement deals with Nike, Beats By Dre, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Kia Motor, Blaze Pizza, Intel, and some others. He used to earn $33.5 million in every calendar year considering 2018 Forbes and also earns $52 million from his endorsement deals so far.

7th – Roger Federer

Roger Federer fobes
  • Profession – Tennis Player
  • Salary/ Winnings – $12.2 Million
  • Endorsements – $65 Million
  • Nation – Switzerland

Roger Federer Bio:

Roger Federer is a top-rated Swiss professional tennis player and currently ranked as the 3rd according to ATP. Federer won highest 20 Grad Slam single titles which are the most in the history of the male player.

Federer has won the highest eight Wimbledon titles and jointly the highest six Australia Open titles so far. However, this 37 years old Swiss player is currently placed on the 7th position considering Forbes highest paid athletes 2018.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

His annual salary is $12.2 million reportedly and he is earning a huge amount from the endorsement deals. He is currently under contract with Wilson, Mercedes, Credit Suisse, Rolex, Jura, Lindt, Moet, Chandon, NetJets, Sunrise and so on.

According to the Forbes magazine, Federer is earning $65 million from the endorsement agreement so far.

8th – Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry forbes
  • Profession – Basketball Player
  • Salary/ Winnings – $34.9 Million
  • Endorsements – $42 Million
  • Nation – United States

Stephen Curry Bio:

Stephen Curry is an American professional basketball player and currently playing for the club Golden State Warriors of National Basketball Asociation (NBA).

According to many, he is regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is currently 30 years old and he is one of the highest paid athletes in the World considering Forbes.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

He is the two times MVP and signed a $200 million contract in last season of NBA. The agreement was for five years and that guarantees for $201 million from his current club Warriors.

His endorsement partners are Armour, Vivo, Chase, eHi, Infiniti/ Nissan, Brita, JBL, Bubble and so on and they guarantee an estimated $42 million so far. His annual salary is $34.9 million reportedly.

9th – Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan forbes
  • Profession – American Footballer
  • Salary/ Winnings – $62.3 Million
  • Endorsements – $5 Million
  • Nation – United States

Matt Ryan Bio:

Matt Ryan who is officially known as Matthew Thomas Ryan and he is an American professional football player. He is also known as Matty Ice.

He is playing as quarterback for Atlanta Falcons of National Football League or NFL. He is currently 33 years old and also became NFL\s first $30 million per year player.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

Falcons made a new deal with the quarterback and according to the agreement, he is receiving $30 million average salaries. Besides, he has fixed income from endorsement deals and his current endorsement deals are with Nike, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, IBM, Banana Republic, Mercedes Benz and so on.

10th – Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford forbes
  • Profession – American Footballer
  • Salary/ Winnings – $57.5 Million
  • Endorsements – $2 Million
  • Nation – United States

Matthew Stafford Bio:

Matthew Stafford is a 30 years old American professional football player and playing as the quarterback for Detroit Lions of National Football League (NFL).

He is the 10th highest paid athletes in the World currently according to Forbes. He signed a new contract with Detroit Lions which consisted of five years long.

Endorsement, Salary & Net Worth:

According to the deal, the quarterback is getting $135 million with $60.5 million guaranteed. Besides, he has endorsement deals with Nike, Fanatics, PepsiCo, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, St. Joe’s Hospital, Ford Motor, and Panini.

Forbes Highest Paid Athletes 2018 (11-20)

Like basketball player Kevin Durant is earning total $57.3 million in every season from salary and endorsement deals, auto racing player Lewis Hamilton is earning $51 million etc. Let’s see the Forbes highest paid athletes 2018 list (11-20 )below.

Rank Player Sport Salary Endorsement Total
11th Kevin Durant Basketball $25.3 M $32 M $57.3 M
12th Lewis Hamilton Auto Racing $42 M $9 M $51 M
13th Russell Westbrook Basketball $28.6 M $19 M $47.6 M
14th James Harden Basketball $28.4 M $18 M $46.4 M
15th Canelo Alvarez Boxing $42 M $2.5 M $44.5 M
16th Tiger Woods Golf $1.3 M $42 M $43.3 M
17th Drew Brees Football $29.9 M $13 M $42.9 M
18th Sebastian Vettel Auto Racing $42 M $300 K $42.3 M
19th Derek Carr Football $40.1 M $2 M $42.1 M
20th Rafael Nadal Tennis $14.4 M $27 M $41.4 M

 

However, as stated by the above-listed statistics we can see that the top 10 Forbes highest paid athletes 2018 so far. Excluding them, there are players who are also earning a very handsome amount so far.

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