Professional athletes are notorious for raking in the dough, but some are more highly compensated than others. Here’s how much your favorite sports stars earned in the past year, according to Forbes.
10. Matthew Stafford ($59.5 million)
With $57.5 million in NFL salary, plus another $2 million from endorsements, the quarterback for the Detroit Lions is doing just fine for himself.
The Dallas, Texas native was a first round draft pick in 2009 and has proven it was a smart choice as he’s one of only five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season.
9. Matt Ryan ($67.3 million)
In 2018, Matt Ryan earned $62.3 million as the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, plus another $5 million in endorsements to put him in the No. 9 spot.
Nicknamed “Matty Ice,” Ryan is a former Boston College player. He was drafted third overall in the 2008 draft.
He’s likely to shoot up the list quickly as he recently became the highest paid in NFL history with his $150 million five-year contract extension he signed with the Falcons just this year.
8. Stephen Curry ($76.9 million)
With his status as the star of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, you’d think Steph Curry would rank a bit higher on the list.
Nevertheless, his $34.9 million in salary and another $42 million in endorsements are pretty impressive and it’s likely this hoops star will move up the list as his career progresses.
7. Roger Federer ($77.2 million)
This Swiss tennis champ may have only racked up $12.2 million in salary, but his whopping $65 million in endorsements makes him one of the top earning athletes this year.
Currently ranked No. 2 in the world in men’s singles tennis, Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles and a record eight Wimbledon titles in addition to numerous other titles.
Federer has two sets of identical twins with his wife, retired tennis star Miroslava Vavrincova, so he’s probably going to need every penny of his record-setting wealth.
6. LeBron James ($85.5 million)
We all knew The King would make the list, though some might have thought he’d rank higher than No. 6. However, his $33.5 million salary and $52 million in endorsements are certainly nothing to scoff at.
LeBron recently signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, putting him on track to be the highest-paid player in NBA history.
5. Neymar ($90 million)
It may seem crazy to some Americans that a soccer player would make more than an NBA star, but that’s the case with Brazilian superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar.
His enormous $73 million salary makes some of the others on the list look poor by comparison and this amount is bolstered by another $17 million in endorsements. Can you say “goooooaaaaalll”?
4. Conor McGregor ($99 million)
Oh yes, the bad boy of mixed martial arts certainly has a lot to brag about when it comes to his bank account — and we’re sure he does brag about it. Repeatedly.
Conor McGregor earned $85 million showing off his skills in the ring and an additional $14 million in endorsements to land the No. 4 spot on the list.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million)
So, you thought Neymar made a lot of money? Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has him beat with $108 million!
As forward for the Real Madrid team, Ronaldo brought in slightly less in salary than Neymar at $61 million, but he eclipses the other star’s endorsements by $30 million, bringing in over $47 million in this area and securing him the No. 3 spot.
After nine years with Read Madrid, Ronaldo recently announced a transfer deal to Juventus worth $340 million over four years.
2. Lionel Messi ($111 million)
Wait, we’re not done with the soccer stars yet! Argentinian player Lionel Messi, a forward for Spanish team Barcelona, earned an $84 million salary and racked up another $27 million in endorsements.
It only makes sense he tops the list of soccer players as he’s often referred to as the best to ever play the game.
But who outearned the soccer stars to become the highest paid athlete of 2018…?
1. Floyd Mayweather ($285 million)
Conor McGregor should watch his bragging as his earnings pale in comparison to boxer and former opponent Floyd Mayweather.
This undefeated boxer scored $275 million in salary, largely by fighting McGregor last summer, and an additional $10 million came from endorsements.
Who else can say they made a list of the world’s wealthiest with just one night of work? Cha-ching!