American basketball players Kevin Durant ($60.6 million), Stephen Curry ($47.3 million), James Harden ($46.6 million), Russell Westbrook ($38.6 million) and Damian Lillard ($38.4 million) are also in the top 15 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2017, according to Forbes.
Stephen Curry, the second most-known basketball player on the planet, sits as the third highest-paid player in basketball, right behind Warriors teammate, Kevin Durant. Curry, 30, is a two-time NBA Champion and five-time NBA All-Star. The superstar is the face of the Under Armor brand.
The biggest sports stars on the planet had another banner year with the 100 top-earning athletes banking $3.11 billion combined over the past 12 months. Global soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo nabbed the top spot with $93 million, including $35 million off the pitch from sponsors and licensing.
Say this aloud, very slowly: Juventus sold Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan. Juventus (the biggest team in Italy and six-time defending champions) sold Leonardo Bonucci (one of the world’s best defenders and a future club captain) to AC Milan (a team rapidly shaping up to be a title rival in the coming season). Juventus. Sold Bonucci. To Milan.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s highest paid footballer with a massive weekly wage of £365,000 after tax he is also the Highest Paid Footballers in The World. The Portuguese salary of £365,000 after tax means that he earns around £700,000 with Real Madrid paying 52% tax on the Portuguese’s salary.
Although Juventus insisted that they would not release Dybala for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he was included in Martino's 35-man preliminary under-23 squad for the tournament on 24 May; he was not included in the final squad for the tournament, however.