Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2018

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2018

Here we listed The Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2018.  According to the Forbes Floyd Mayweather Is the top of the List. Here we listed form, Forbes. In this List three professional footballers, a tennis pro, two basketball superstars, and two boxers make up this year’s highest-paid sports stars.

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2018

10. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

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Source of Wealth: Football
Salary/Winnings: $57.5 M
Endorsements: $2 M
Citizenship: United States

Stafford signed the richest contract in NFL history last summer. Stafford was the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and a Pro Bowler in 2014. He led the NFC in passing yards and set an NFL record as the fastest to 3,000 completions for his career (125 games).

9. Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

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Source of Wealth: Football
Salary/Winnings: $62.3 M
Endorsements: $5 M
Citizenship: United States

Ryan became the NFL’s first $30 million-per-year player in May when the Falcons locked up their franchise quarterback through 2023. The deal set new records for average salary ($30 million), total value ($150 million), guaranteed money ($100 million) and signing bonus ($46.5 million, with half deferred to April 2019).

8. Steph Curry

Steph Curry

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Source of Wealth: Basketball
Salary/Winnings: $34.9 M
Endorsements: $42 M
Citizenship: United States

Curry’s prolific NBA career began in 2009 where he was the 7th overall pick of the first round. He’s been at Golden State ever since and is currently engaged in a tense finals series against LeBron’s Cleveland. This year, Curry is one of two NBA players in the top ten highest paid sports stars. All up, he made USD $76.9 million, around AUD $100.32 million.

7. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

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Source of Wealth: Tennis
Salary/Winnings: $12.2 M
Endorsements: $65 M
Citizenship: Switzerland

An athlete who needs no introduction, the eight-time Wimbledon champ took the majority of his USD $77.2 million earnings from endorsements, but still managed to pull USD $12.2 million from winnings. In Aussie dollars that’s a little over $100 million.

6. LeBron James

LeBron James

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Source of Wealth: Basketball
Salary/Winnings: $33.5 M
Endorsements: $52 M
Citizenship: United States

Arguably the NBA’s best current player (Ben Simmons, your time will come.) LeBron earnt a mouth-watering USD $85.5 million (AUD $111.65 million) over the past year, with endorsements set to soar if the Cavaliers can get one over the Warriors in the finals series.

5. Neymar

Neymar

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Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings: $73 M
Endorsements: $17 M
Citizenship: Brazil

Neymar’s time at Paris Saint-Germain has been fruitful, the Brazilian footballer’s combined salary and endorsements total an extravagant USD $90 million dollars, which is about (AUD $117.5 million). With rumored interest from Real Madrid, the 26-year-old could feature even higher up the list next season.

4. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

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Source of Wealth: Mixed Martial Arts
Salary/Winnings: $85 M
Endorsements: $14 M
Citizenship: Ireland.

McGregor’s transition from MMA to boxing against Floyd Mayweather in August of last year was a huge payday for both fighters and contributed hugely to the sharp-tongued boxer’s massive USD $99 million takings over the course of the past 12 months. That’s almost AUD $130 million. Unlike many of the athletes on this list, McGregor’s earnings came massively from salary and winnings, with only $14 million from endorsements.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings: $61 M
Endorsements: $47 M
Citizenship: Portugal

The Real Madrid superstar will be hoping to lead Portugal to World Cup success after Real Madrid claimed a third Champion’s League victory in a row. While the debate will forever rage over who is truly number one between Ronaldo and Messi, when It comes to paying packet in 2017/2018 Ronaldo is the second highest paid footballer with a total of USD $108 million in earnings, or AUD $141 million.

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

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Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings: $84 M
Endorsements: $27 M
Citizenship: Argentina

The Argentinian superstar edged out his rival with earnings from salary, winnings and endorsements totalling USD $111 million (about AUD $145 million). Messi’s salary is significantly higher than Ronaldo’s (USD $84 million v $61 million) but the Barcelona forward made considerably less from endorsements (USD $27 million v $47 million).

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

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Source of Wealth: Boxing
Salary/Winnings: $275 M
Endorsements: $10 M
Citizenship: United States

This year’s number one earning sports star is also the oldest in the top ten. August 2017 fight versus Conor McGregor in Las Vegas generated more than $550 million in revenue, with Money Mayweather earning $275 million as the “A” side of the bout and for his role as a promoter.