This is a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world for 2016 as ranked by Forbes magazine on their earnings. Amounts in United States dollar. As of 8 June 2016.
1Cristiano RonaldoFootballPortugal Portugal$88 million$56 million$32 million
2Lionel MessiFootballArgentina Argentina$81.4 million$53.4 million$28 million
3LeBron JamesBasketballUnited States United States$77.2 million$23.2 million$54 million
4Roger FedererTennisSwitzerland Switzerland$67.8 million$7.8 million$60 million
5Kevin DurantBasketballUnited States United States$56.2 million$20.2 million$36 million
6Novak DjokovicTennisSerbia Serbia$55.8 million$21.8 million$34 million
7Cam NewtonAmerican footballUnited States United States$53.1 million$41.1 million$12 million
8Phil MickelsonGolfUnited States United States$52.9 million$2.9 million$50 million
9Jordan SpiethGolfUnited States United States$52.8 million$20.8 million$32 million
10Kobe BryantBasketballUnited States United States$50 million$25 million$25 million
11Lewis HamiltonFormula 1England England$46 million$42 million$4 million
12Tiger WoodsGolfUnited States United States$45.3 million$0.3 million$45 million
13Eli ManningAmerican footballUnited States United States$45 million$37 million$8 million
14Joe FlaccoAmerican footballUnited States United States$44.5 million$44 million$0.5 million
15Tom BradyAmerican footballUnited States United States$44.1 million$36.1 million$8 million
16Floyd MayweatherBoxingUnited States United States$44 million$32 million$12 million
17Rory McIlroyGolfNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland$42.6 million$7.6 million$35 million
18Russell WilsonAmerican footballUnited States United States$41.8 million$31.8 million$10 million
19Sebastian VettelFormula 1Germany Germany$41 million$40 million$1 million
20Philip RiversAmerican footballUnited States United States$38 million$37.5 million$0.5 million
21Rafael NadalTennisSpain Spain$37.5 million$5.5 million$32 million
21NeymarFootballBrazil Brazil$37.5 million$14.5 million$23 million
23Zlatan IbrahimovićFootballSweden Sweden$37.4 million$30.4 million$7 million
24Fernando AlonsoFormula 1Spain Spain$36.5 million$35 million$1.5 million
25Gareth BaleFootballWales Wales$35.9 million$24.9 million$11 million
26Marcell DareusAmerican footballUnited States United States$35.2 million$35.1 million$0.1 million
27Peyton ManningAmerican footballUnited States United States$34.2 million$19.2 million$15 million
28Derrick RoseBasketballUnited States United States$34.1 million$20.1 million$14 million
29Kei NishikoriTennisJapan Japan$33.5 million$3.5 million$30 million
30A.J. GreenAmerican footballUnited States United States$33.3 million$32.8 million$0.5 million
31James HardenBasketballUnited States United States$32.8 million$15.8 million$17 million
32Usain BoltTrack and fieldJamaica Jamaica$32.5 million$2.5 million$30 million
33Clayton KershawBaseballUnited States United States$32 million$31.2 million$0.8 million
33Dwyane WadeBasketballUnited States United States$32 million$20 million$12 million
35Drew BreesAmerican footballUnited States United States$31 million$19 million$12 million
36Carmelo AnthonyBasketballUnited States United States$30.9 million$22.9 million$8 million
37Chris PaulBasketballUnited States United States$30 million$21.5 million$8.5 million
38Cliff LeeBaseballUnited States United States$29.3 million$29.2 million$0.1 million
39Olivier VernonAmerican footballUnited States United States$29 million$28.8 million$0.2 million
40Serena WilliamsTennisUnited States United States$28.9 million$8.9 million$20 million
41Justin VerlanderBaseballUnited States United States$28.6 million$28 million$0.6 million
42Kyrie IrvingBasketballUnited States United States$27.6 million$16.6 million$11 million
43Julio JonesAmerican footballUnited States United States$27.2 million$26 million$1.2 million
44Luke KuechlyAmerican footballUnited States United States$27.1 million$26.1 million$1 million
45Robinson CanóBaseballDominican Republic Dominican Republic$27 million$24 million$3 million
46Dwight HowardBasketballUnited States United States$26.9 million$22.4 million$4.5 million
47Miguel CabreraBaseballVenezuela Venezuela$26.6 million$24.1 million$2.5 million
48Albert PujolsBaseballDominican Republic Dominican Republic$26.3 million$24.3 million$2 million
49Blake GriffinBasketballUnited States United States$26.1 million$18.1 million$8 million
49Wayne RooneyFootballEngland England$26.1 million$20.1 million$6 million
51Cameron JordanAmerican footballUnited States United States$25.9 million$25.8 million$0.1 million
52Russell WestbrookBasketballUnited States United States$25.7 million$16.7 million$9 million
53Ryan HowardBaseballUnited States United States$25.6 million$25 million$0.6 million
53Trent WilliamsAmerican footballUnited States United States$25.6 million$25.5 million$0.1 million
55Chris BoshBasketballUnited States United States$25.2 million$22.2 million$3 million
56Félix HernándezBaseballVenezuela Venezuela$24.9 million$24.4 million$0.5 million
57Zack GreinkeBaseballUnited States United States$24.7 million$24.7 million$0 million
58Prince FielderBaseballUnited States United States$24.6 million$24.1 million$0.5 million
59CC SabathiaBaseballUnited States United States$24.4 million$23.7 million$0.7 million
60Sergio AgüeroFootballArgentina Argentina$24.3 million$16.8 million$7.5 million
60Sam BradfordAmerican footballUnited States United States$24.3 million$24 million$0.3 million
62Paul GeorgeBasketballUnited States United States$24.1 million$17.1 million$7 million
63Manny PacquiaoBoxingPhilippines Philippines$24 million$21.5 million$2.5 million
64Kevin LoveBasketballUnited States United States$23.9 million$19.9 million$4 million
65Yoenis CéspedesBaseballCuba Cuba$23.8 million$23.2 million$0.6 million
65Joe MauerBaseballUnited States United States$23.8 million$23 million$0.8 million
65David PriceBaseballUnited States United States$23.8 million$23.3 million$0.5 million
65Luis SuárezFootballUruguay Uruguay$23.8 million$17.8 million$6 million
69Stephen CurryBasketballUnited States United States$23.6 million$11.6 million$12 million
69Jason DayGolfAustralia Australia$23.6 million$15.1 million$8.5 million
71Dez BryantAmerican footballUnited States United States$23.5 million$23 million$0.5 million
71Dale Earnhardt, Jr.Auto racingUnited States United States$23.5 million$15 million$8.5 million
73Demaryius ThomasAmerican footballUnited States United States$23.4 million$22.2 million$1.2 million
74Andy MurrayTennisScotland Scotland$23 million$8 million$15 million
74Masahiro TanakaBaseballJapan Japan$23 million$22 million$1 million
74Mark TeixeiraBaseballUnited States United States$23 million$22.5 million$0.5 million
77Joe JohnsonBasketballUnited States United States$22.9 million$21.9 million$1 million
78Cole HamelsBaseballUnited States United States$22.7 million$22.5 million$0.2 million
79Anthony CastonzoAmerican footballUnited States United States$22.5 million$22.5 million$0 million
79Troy TulowitzkiBaseballUnited States United States$22.5 million$22.2 million$0.3 million
81Bastian SchweinsteigerFootballGermany Germany$22.4 million$19.4 million$3 million
82Jimmie JohnsonAuto racingUnited States United States$22.2 million$16.2 million$6 million
83Ángel Di MaríaFootballArgentina Argentina$22.1 million$20.6 million$1.5 million
83James RodríguezFootballColombia Colombia$22.1 million$15.1 million$7 million
85Eden HazardFootballBelgium Belgium$22 million$17 million$5 million
85Conor McGregorMMARepublic of Ireland Ireland$22 million$18 million$4 million
85David OrtizBaseballDominican Republic Dominican Republic$22 million$16 million$6 million
88Maria SharapovaTennisRussia Russia$21.9 million$1.9 million$20 million
89Jacoby EllsburyBaseballUnited States United States$21.8 million$21.2 million$0.6 million
89Justin HoustonAmerican footballUnited States United States$21.8 million$21.7 million$0.1 million
91Matt KempBaseballUnited States United States$21.7 million$21.2 million$0.5 million
92Canelo ÁlvarezBoxingMexico Mexico$21.5 million$20 million$1.5 million
93Adrian GonzalezBaseballUnited States United States$21.4 million$21 million$0.4 million
94LaMarcus AldridgeBasketballUnited States United States$21.2 million$19.7 million$1.5 million
94Cameron HeywardAmerican footballUnited States United States$21.2 million$21 million$0.2 million
94Jayson WerthBaseballUnited States United States$21.2 million$21 million$0.2 million
97Alex RodriguezBaseballUnited States United States$21.1 million$20.7 million$0.4 million
98Nico RosbergFormula 1Germany Germany$21 million$20 million$1 million
99Carl CrawfordBaseballUnited States United States$20.9 million$20.6 million$0.3 million
100Buster PoseyBaseballUnited States United States$20.8 million$17.8 million$3 million