Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is now among the highest paid athletes in the world according to Forbes' annual rich list. The Mercedes driver clocked in with an estimated $38M salary and $8m in endorsements, thanks mainly to L'Oreal, Monster Beverages and Bombardier.
The five highest-paid athletes, Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Roger Federer and Kevin Durant all generate more than $25 million annually from sponsors. In addition to their athletic achievements, the appeal of this group for marketers is a function of the global sports they play.
The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2017: Behind The Numbers Global soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo scored the top spot for the second straight year on Forbes’ annual look at the world’s highest-paid athletes. Ronaldo banked $93 million in salary from Real Madrid, as well as his endorsement partners.
David Ramos/Getty Images On Wednesday Forbes released it's list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list for the second year in a row, taking in an impressive $93 million in salary and endorsements.
Neymar, Age 25, Earnings: $37 million. The Brazilian wunderkind is the highest-paid of the 25 and under set. The soccer superstar’s current contract ties him to Barcelona through 2021. He is the only soccer player to earn more off than on the pitch, including from sponsors Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.
However, the Swiss tennis legend retains one crown: the world’s highest-paid tennis player. Federer banked $67.8 million between June 2015 and June 2016 from prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. Federer has been the top-earner in the sport annually since Andre Agassi hung up his racket in 2006.
SEBASTIAN VETTEL NET WORTH: He is one of the highest paid athletes in the world “Sebastian Vettel net worth” How much is Sebastian Vettel worth? Vettel is worth an incredible $50million (£35million), according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2017 he placed number 14 on Forbes’ list of top 100 paid athletes in the world.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is one of the highest-paid athletes, according to Forbes, but he is not the highest-paid NFL player for 2017. Brees ranked 11th in the world and second among NFL players in combined salary and endorsement earnings for 2017, with a total income of $45.3 million that included $31.3 million in salary and $14 million in endorsement income.