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Top 50 Highest Earning Athletes 2016

Success isnt given. Its earned with hardship; integrity and sweat that makes us better every minute.
Athletes are the best illustration of such context of winning the world. Nevertheless its not only a big
race of who make and break records in the stadiums, it is also a buzzer game of who earns most outside
of the tracks. It is not any racial game. Howbeit its nothing but an open secret competition.

In conformity with Forbes, all the highest paid athletes are the rockers in the game zone and many of
them are continuing their role of Billionaires Club for years in a row. Forbes told that the number one
youngest highest paid player is American golfer Jordan Spieth, the oldest one is another American golfer
Phil Mickelson, maximum woman wage earner is American tennis player Serena Williams. Yet above all,
the very first position is taken by none other than Portuguese striker Christiano Ronaldo, the star of FC
Real Madrid.

Heres an overview of top 50 highest paid athletes among top 100 according to Forbes,

Rank Players Salary Endorsement Total Sport/source


1 Cristiano Ronaldo $56 M $32 M $88 M Football
2 Lionel Messi $53.4 M $28 M $81.4 M Football
3 LeBron James $23.2 M $54 M $77.2 M Basketball
4 Roger Federer $7.8 M $60 M $67.8 M Tennis
5 Kevin Durant $20.2 M $36 M $56.2 M Basketball
6 Novak Djokovic $21.8 M $34 M $55.8 M Tennis
7 Cam Newton $41.1 M $12 M $53.1 M Rugby
8 Phil Mickelson $2.9 M $50 M $52.9 M Golf
9 Jordan Spieth $20.8 M $32 M $52.8 M Golf
10 Kobe Bryant $25 M $25 M $50 M Basketball
11 Lewis Hamilton $42 M $4 M $46 M Racing
12 Tiger Woods $274 K $45 M $45.3 M Golf
13 Eli Manning $37 M $8 M $45 M Rugby
14 Joe Flacco $44 M $500 K $44.5 M Rugby
15 Tom Brady $36.1 M $8 M $44.1 M Rugby
16 Floyd Mayweather $32 M $12 M $44 M Boxing
17 Rory McIlroy $7.6 M $35 M $42.6 M Golf
18 Russell Wilson $31.8 M $10 M $41.8 M Rugby
19 Sebastian Vettel $40 M $1 M $41 M Racing
20 Philip Rivers $37.5 M $450 K $38 M Rugby
21 Rafael Nadal $5.5 M $32 M $37.5 M Tennis
21 Neymar $14.5 M $23 M $37.5 M Football
23 Zlatan Ibrahimovic $30.4 M $7 M $37.4 M Football
24 Fernando Alonso $35 M $1.5 M $36.5 M Racing
25 Gareth Bale $24.9 M $11 M $35.9 M Football
26 Marcell Dareus $35.1 M $100 K $35.2 M Rugby
27 Peyton Manning $19.2 M $15 M $34.2 M Rugby
28 Derrick Rose $20.1 M $14 M $34.1 M Basketball
29 Kei Nishikori $3.5 M $30 M $33.5 M Tennis
30 A.J. Green $32.8 M $500 K $33.3 M Rugby
31 James Harden $15.8 M $17 M $32.8 M Basketball
32 Usain Bolt $2.5 M $30 M $32.5 M Track
33 Clayton Kershaw $31.2 M $800 K $32 M Baseball
34 Dwyane Wade $20 M $12 M $32 M Basketball
35 Drew Brees $19 M $12 M $31 M Rugby
36 Carmelo Anthony $22.9 M $8 M $30.9 M Basketball
37 Chris Paul $21.5 M $8.5 M $30 M Basketball
38 Cliff Lee $29.2 M $100 K $29.3 M Baseball
39 Olivier Vernon $28.8 M $200 K $29 M Rugby
40 Serena Williams $8.9 M $20 M $28.9 M Tennis
41 Justin Verlander $28 M $600 K $28.6 M Baseball
42 Kyrie Irving $16.6 M $11 M $27.6 M Basketball
43 Julio Jones $26 M $1.2 M $27.2 M Rugby
44 Luke Kuechly $26.1 M $1 M $27.1 M Rugby
45 Robinson Cano $24 M $3 M $27 M Baseball
46 Dwight Howard $22.4 M $4.5 M $26.9 M Basketball
47 Miguel Cabrera $24.1 M $2.5 M $26.6 M Baseball
48 Albert Pujols $24.3 M $2 M $26.3 M Baseball
49 Blake Griffin $18.1 M $8 M $26.1 M Basketball
50 Wayne Rooney $20.1 M $6 M $26.1 M Football