Top 100 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

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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.
Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Football Portugal Portugal $88 million $56 million $32 million
2 Lionel Messi Football Argentina Argentina $81.4 million $53.4 million $28 million
3 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $77.2 million $23.2 million $54 million
4 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $67.8 million $7.8 million $60 million
5 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $56.2 million $20.2 million $36 million
6 Novak Djokovic Tennis Serbia Serbia $55.8 million $21.8 million $34 million
7 Cam Newton American football United States United States $53.1 million $41.1 million $12 million
8 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States $52.9 million $2.9 million $50 million
9 Jordan Spieth Golf United States United States $52.8 million $20.8 million $32 million
10 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States $50 million $25 million $25 million
11 Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 England England $46 million $42 million $4 million
12 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States $45.3 million $0.3 million $45 million
13 Eli Manning American football United States United States $45 million $37 million $8 million
14 Joe Flacco American football United States United States $44.5 million $44 million $0.5 million
15 Tom Brady American football United States United States $44.1 million $36.1 million $8 million
16 Floyd Mayweather Boxing United States United States $44 million $32 million $12 million
17 Rory McIlroy Golf Northern Ireland Northern Ireland $42.6 million $7.6 million $35 million
18 Russell Wilson American football United States United States $41.8 million $31.8 million $10 million
19 Sebastian Vettel Formula 1 Germany Germany $41 million $40 million $1 million
20 Philip Rivers American football United States United States $38 million $37.5 million $0.5 million
21 Rafael Nadal Tennis Spain Spain $37.5 million $5.5 million $32 million
21 Neymar Football Brazil Brazil $37.5 million $14.5 million $23 million
23 Zlatan Ibrahimović Football Sweden Sweden $37.4 million $30.4 million $7 million
24 Fernando Alonso Formula 1 Spain Spain $36.5 million $35 million $1.5 million
25 Gareth Bale Football Wales Wales $35.9 million $24.9 million $11 million
26 Marcell Dareus American football United States United States $35.2 million $35.1 million $0.1 million
27 Peyton Manning American football United States United States $34.2 million $19.2 million $15 million
28 Derrick Rose Basketball United States United States $34.1 million $20.1 million $14 million
29 Kei Nishikori Tennis Japan Japan $33.5 million $3.5 million $30 million
30 A.J. Green American football United States United States $33.3 million $32.8 million $0.5 million
31 James Harden Basketball United States United States $32.8 million $15.8 million $17 million
32 Usain Bolt Track and field Jamaica Jamaica $32.5 million $2.5 million $30 million
33 Clayton Kershaw Baseball United States United States $32 million $31.2 million $0.8 million
33 Dwyane Wade Basketball United States United States $32 million $20 million $12 million
35 Drew Brees American football United States United States $31 million $19 million $12 million
36 Carmelo Anthony Basketball United States United States $30.9 million $22.9 million $8 million
37 Chris Paul Basketball United States United States $30 million $21.5 million $8.5 million
38 Cliff Lee Baseball United States United States $29.3 million $29.2 million $0.1 million
39 Olivier Vernon American football United States United States $29 million $28.8 million $0.2 million
40 Serena Williams Tennis United States United States $28.9 million $8.9 million $20 million
41 Justin Verlander Baseball United States United States $28.6 million $28 million $0.6 million
42 Kyrie Irving Basketball United States United States $27.6 million $16.6 million $11 million
43 Julio Jones American football United States United States $27.2 million $26 million $1.2 million
44 Luke Kuechly American football United States United States $27.1 million $26.1 million $1 million
45 Robinson Canó Baseball Dominican Republic Dominican Republic $27 million $24 million $3 million
46 Dwight Howard Basketball United States United States $26.9 million $22.4 million $4.5 million
47 Miguel Cabrera Baseball Venezuela Venezuela $26.6 million $24.1 million $2.5 million
48 Albert Pujols Baseball Dominican Republic Dominican Republic $26.3 million $24.3 million $2 million
49 Blake Griffin Basketball United States United States $26.1 million $18.1 million $8 million
49 Wayne Rooney Football England England $26.1 million $20.1 million $6 million
51 Cameron Jordan American football United States United States $25.9 million $25.8 million $0.1 million
52 Russell Westbrook Basketball United States United States $25.7 million $16.7 million $9 million
53 Ryan Howard Baseball United States United States $25.6 million $25 million $0.6 million
53 Trent Williams American football United States United States $25.6 million $25.5 million $0.1 million
55 Chris Bosh Basketball United States United States $25.2 million $22.2 million $3 million
56 Félix Hernández Baseball Venezuela Venezuela $24.9 million $24.4 million $0.5 million
57 Zack Greinke Baseball United States United States $24.7 million $24.7 million $0 million
58 Prince Fielder Baseball United States United States $24.6 million $24.1 million $0.5 million
59 CC Sabathia Baseball United States United States $24.4 million $23.7 million $0.7 million
60 Sergio Agüero Football Argentina Argentina $24.3 million $16.8 million $7.5 million
60 Sam Bradford American football United States United States $24.3 million $24 million $0.3 million
62 Paul George Basketball United States United States $24.1 million $17.1 million $7 million
63 Manny Pacquiao Boxing Philippines Philippines $24 million $21.5 million $2.5 million
64 Kevin Love Basketball United States United States $23.9 million $19.9 million $4 million
65 Yoenis Céspedes Baseball Cuba Cuba $23.8 million $23.2 million $0.6 million
65 Joe Mauer Baseball United States United States $23.8 million $23 million $0.8 million
65 David Price Baseball United States United States $23.8 million $23.3 million $0.5 million
65 Luis Suárez Football Uruguay Uruguay $23.8 million $17.8 million $6 million
69 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $23.6 million $11.6 million $12 million
69 Jason Day Golf Australia Australia $23.6 million $15.1 million $8.5 million
71 Dez Bryant American football United States United States $23.5 million $23 million $0.5 million
71 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Auto racing United States United States $23.5 million $15 million $8.5 million
73 Demaryius Thomas American football United States United States $23.4 million $22.2 million $1.2 million
74 Andy Murray Tennis Scotland Scotland $23 million $8 million $15 million
74 Masahiro Tanaka Baseball Japan Japan $23 million $22 million $1 million
74 Mark Teixeira Baseball United States United States $23 million $22.5 million $0.5 million
77 Joe Johnson Basketball United States United States $22.9 million $21.9 million $1 million
78 Cole Hamels Baseball United States United States $22.7 million $22.5 million $0.2 million
79 Anthony Castonzo American football United States United States $22.5 million $22.5 million $0 million
79 Troy Tulowitzki Baseball United States United States $22.5 million $22.2 million $0.3 million
81 Bastian Schweinsteiger Football Germany Germany $22.4 million $19.4 million $3 million
82 Jimmie Johnson Auto racing United States United States $22.2 million $16.2 million $6 million
83 Ángel Di María Football Argentina Argentina $22.1 million $20.6 million $1.5 million
83 James Rodríguez Football Colombia Colombia $22.1 million $15.1 million $7 million
85 Eden Hazard Football Belgium Belgium $22 million $17 million $5 million
85 Conor McGregor MMA Republic of Ireland Ireland $22 million $18 million $4 million
85 David Ortiz Baseball Dominican Republic Dominican Republic $22 million $16 million $6 million
88 Maria Sharapova Tennis Russia Russia $21.9 million $1.9 million $20 million
89 Jacoby Ellsbury Baseball United States United States $21.8 million $21.2 million $0.6 million
89 Justin Houston American football United States United States $21.8 million $21.7 million $0.1 million
91 Matt Kemp Baseball United States United States $21.7 million $21.2 million $0.5 million
92 Canelo Álvarez Boxing Mexico Mexico $21.5 million $20 million $1.5 million
93 Adrian Gonzalez Baseball United States United States $21.4 million $21 million $0.4 million
94 LaMarcus Aldridge Basketball United States United States $21.2 million $19.7 million $1.5 million
94 Cameron Heyward American football United States United States $21.2 million $21 million $0.2 million
94 Jayson Werth Baseball United States United States $21.2 million $21 million $0.2 million
97 Alex Rodriguez Baseball United States United States $21.1 million $20.7 million $0.4 million
98 Nico Rosberg Formula 1 Germany Germany $21 million $20 million $1 million
99 Carl Crawford Baseball United States United States $20.9 million $20.6 million $0.3 million
100 Buster Posey Baseball United States United States $20.8 million $17.8 million $3 million

 

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