Check out the Top 100 richest sports men/women (athletes) in the world. Forbes List World Top 100 Highest-Paid Athletes 2018
Athletics is no doubt a lucrative venture. Forbes list for many years have been the leading the way with informing the world about all the financial pace setters in all spheres of life.
For 4 years now Floyd Mayweather has retained the number one spot as the highest paid and richest athlete in the world. The boxer maid a whooping sum of $275 million in one fight with Conor McGregor. This quickly helped him retain the number 1 spot for the 4th time in 7 years.
In 2016 and 2017 Cristiano Ronaldo held the number one spot but has been displaced by Mayweather. Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo is number 3 as football rival Lionel Messi grabs the number 2 spots with his recently signed deals.
Top 10 Richest Athletes 2018
- Floyd Mayweather- $275 million
- Lionel Messi- $111 million
- Cristiano Ronaldo- $108 million
- McGregor- $99 million
- Neymar- $90 million
- LeBron James- $85.5 million
- Roger Federer- $77.2 million
- Stephen Curry- $76.9 million
- Matt Ryan- $67.3 million
- Matthew Stafford- $59.5 million
It would interest you to know that in the last 18 years only Mayweather, Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are the only athletes to top the best-paid list.
The top 100 richest athletes made a combine earning of $3.8 billion, this is 23% higher than what they made last year.
The youngest athlete to make the top 100 is Giannis Antetokounmpo (23 years). He made a cool sum of $35.5 million to earn himself a place in the Forbes List Top 100 Athlethes.
The 2018 Top 100 Richest Athletes – Forbes List
This year, athletes from 11 different sports made the list. Basket ballers (NBA) had the lion share by claiming 40 positions out of the top 100.
The National Football League (NFL) comes second by claiming 18 positions in the top 100 for 2018, the richest NFL player is Matt Ryan- $67.3 million
Baseball comes third by claiming 14 positions.
Soccer comes 4th with 9 footballers making the list.
Golf has 5 athletes in the top 100.
Boxing has 4 athletes in the top 100. Anthony Joshua ($39 million)
Tennis also has 4 athletes.
Racing had 3 athletes making the top 100 list.
Mixed-martial arts had 1 athlete (McGregor, $99 million)
Cricket had 1 athlete (Virat Kohli, $24 million)
Track- had 1(Usain Bolt, $31 million)
Serena Williams is the richest female athlete with estimated earnings of $18 million.
So there you have the 2018 Forbes List of Richest Athletes in the world.
The amount here is mouth-watering. Come to think of it, don’t we all want to become an athlete??? LOL
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