McGregor, Messi, Ronaldo, Federer, Hamilton, Woods, Kohli: The 100 highest-paid athletes
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McGregor, Messi, Ronaldo, Federer, Hamilton, Woods, Kohli: The 100 highest-paid athletes

Sports business website Sportico has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes for the last year – and it makes for very interesting reading.

Despite the impact of COVID-19 around the world, these stars raked in some eye-watering sums over the last 12 months. The combined revenue total for the top 100 sits at a staggering $4.2 billion (close to £3 billion!)

The rankings take an overall look at the income of each individual. Cash from endorsements, merchandise and other such revenue streams are added to the salary and prize money earned over the last 12 months to calculate the total for each entry.

1Conor McGregor🥋$28M$180M$208M
2Lionel MessiBarcelonaBarcelona$91M$35M$126M
3Cristiano RonaldoJuventusJuventus$70M$50M$120M
4Dak Prescott🏈Dallas CowboysDallas Cowboys$97.4M$11M$108.4M
5LeBron James🏀Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers$31.8M$70M$101.8M
6NeymarParis Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain$75M$25M$100M
7Roger Federer🎾$46K$84M$84M
8Tom Brady🏈Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Buccaneers$58.4M$22M$80.4M
9Kevin Durant🏀Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$32.1M$48M$80.1M
10Stephen Curry🏀Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors$34.5M$40M$74.5M
11Lewis Hamilton🏎️MercedesMercedes$50M$14M$64M
12Canelo Álvarez🥊$61M$2M$63M
13Tiger Woods🏌️$191K$62M$62.2M
14Russell Westbrook🏀Washington WizardsWashington Wizards$33.1M$28M$61.1M
15Naomi Osaka🎾$5.2M$50M$55.2M
16James Harden🏀Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$33.1M$18M$51.1M
17Giannis Antetokounmpo🏀Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks$22.2M$27M$49.2M
18David Bakhtiari🏈Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers$48M$250K$48.2M
19Ronnie Stanley🏈Baltimore RavensBaltimore Ravens$47.1M$100K$47.2M
20Patrick Mahomes🏈Kansas City ChiefsKansas City Chiefs$32.5M$14M$46.5M
21Phil Mickelson🏌️$4.1M$42M$46.1M
22Joey Bosa🏈Los Angeles ChargersLos Angeles Chargers$43M$750K$43.8M
23Klay Thompson🏀Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors$28.3M$15M$43.3M
24Kyrie Irving🏀Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$26.2M$17M$43.2M
25Trent Williams🏈San Francisco 49ersSan Francisco 49ers$42.8M$75K$42.9M
26Myles Garrett🏈Cleveland BrownsCleveland Browns$42.5M$300K$42.8M
27Jalen Ramsey🏈Los Angeles RamsLos Angeles Rams$42.2M$400K$42.6M
28Gareth BaleTottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur$35.9M$6M$41.9M
29Dustin Johnson🏌️$24.8M$16M$40.8M
30Antoine GriezmannBarcelonaBarcelona$34.6M$6M$40.6M
31Damian Lillard🏀Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers$25.4M$15M$40.4M
32Chris Paul🏀Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns$33.2M$7M$40.2M
33Kylian MbappéParis Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain$29.1M$11M$40.1M
34DeAndre Hopkins🏈Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals$38M$1.5M$39.5M
35Andrés IniestaVissel KobeVissel Kobe$30M$9M$39M
36Leonard Williams🏈New York GiantsNew York Giants$38.6M$200K$38.8M
37Marlon Humphrey🏈Baltimore RavensBaltimore Ravens$37.1M$250K$37.3M
38Paul George🏀Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers$28.5M$8.5M$37M
39Anthony Davis🏀Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers$26.6M$10M$36.6M
39Francisco LindorNew York MetsNew York Mets$34.6M$2M$36.6M
41Chris Jones🏈Kansas City ChiefsKansas City Chiefs$36.1M$100K$36.2M
41Shaquil Barrett🏈Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Buccaneers$36M$200K$36.2M
43Mohamed SalahLiverpoolLiverpool$25.1M$11M$36.1M
44Serena Williams🎾$1.5M$34M$35.5M
45Deshaun Watson🏈Houston TexansHouston Texans$29.4M$6M$35.4M
46Matt Judon🏈New England PatriotsNew England Patriots$34.8M$150K$35M
47Jimmy Butler🏀Miami HeatMiami Heat$27.8M$7M$34.8M
48J.J. Watt🏈Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals$27.5M$7M$34.5M
48John Wall🏀Houston RocketsHouston Rockets$33M$1.5M$34.5M
50Paul PogbaManchester UnitedManchester United$27.4M$7M$34.4M
51Kawhi Leonard🏀Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers$27.6M$6M$33.6M
52Novak Djokovic🎾$4.4M$29M$33.4M
53Eden HazardReal MadridReal Madrid$29M$4M$33M
54Rory McIlroy🏌️$4.8M$28M$32.8M
55Ben Simmons🏀Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers$24.6M$8M$32.6M
56Bud Dupree🏈Tennessee TitansTennessee Titans$31.8M$150K$32M
57Joe Thuney🏈Kansas City ChiefsKansas City Chiefs$31.8M$75K$31.9M
58Robert LewandowskiBayern MunichBayern Munich$26.6M$5M$31.6M
59Virat Kohli🏏Royal Challengers BangaloreRoyal Challengers Bangalore$3.5M$28M$31.5M
60Devin Booker🏀Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns$23.6M$7M$30.6M
60Kemba Walker🏀Boston CelticsBoston Celtics$27.6M$3M$30.6M
62Blake Griffin🏀Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$27M$3M$30M
63Tyler Lockett🏈Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks$29.2M$600K$29.8M
64Joel Embiid🏀Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers$23.7M$6M$29.7M
65Jordan Spieth🏌️$4.6M$25M$29.6M
66Joe Burrow🏈Cincinnati BengalsCincinnati Bengals$24.5M$4.5M$29M
66Khalil Mack🏈Chicago BearsChicago Bears$28.5M$500K$29M
66Tobias Harris🏀Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers$27.5M$1.5M$29M
69D’Angelo Russell🏀Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Timberwolves$22.9M$6M$28.9M
70Mike Conley🏀Utah JazzUtah Jazz$27.7M$1M$28.7M
71Cameron Heyward🏈Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Steelers$28.4M$200K$28.6M
71DeForest Buckner🏈Indianapolis ColtsIndianapolis Colts$28.4M$200K$28.6M
73Kevin De BruyneManchester CityManchester City$25M$3.5M$28.5M
74David de GeaManchester UnitedManchester United$25.9M$2.5M$28.4M
74Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Angels$24.9M$3.5M$28.4M
76Zion Williamson🏀New Orleans PelicansNew Orleans Pelicans$8.2M$20M$28.2M
77Kristaps Porziņģis🏀Dallas MavericksDallas Mavericks$23.6M$4.5M$28.1M
78Russell Wilson🏈Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks$18M$10M$28M
78Sebastian Vettel🏎️Aston MartinAston Martin$27M$1M$28M
80Donovan Smith🏈Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Buccaneers$27.8M$50K$27.8M
81Raheem SterlingManchester CityManchester City$23.2M$4.5M$27.7M
82CJ McCollum🏀Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers$23.5M$4M$27.5M
83Ángel Di MaríaParis Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain$24.7M$2.5M$27.2M
84Khris Middleton🏀Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks$26.6M$500K$27.1M
85Kevin Love🏀Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers$25M$2M$27M
86Kenny Clark🏈Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers$26.7M$150K$26.9M
87Stephen StrasburgWashington NationalsWashington Nationals$26.3M$400K$26.7M
88Justin Simmons🏈Denver BroncosDenver Broncos$26.4M$150K$26.6M
88Karl-Anthony Towns🏀Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Timberwolves$23.6M$3M$26.6M
88Kei Nishikori🎾$554K$26M$26.6M
88Tre’Davious White🏈Buffalo BillsBuffalo Bills$26.3M$300K$26.6M
92Matthew Stafford🏈Los Angeles RamsLos Angeles Rams$25M$1.5M$26.5M
92Rafael Nadal🎾$3.5M$23M$26.5M
94Taylor Decker🏈Detroit LionsDetroit Lions$26.4M$75K$26.4M
95Max Verstappen🏎️Red Bull RacingAston Martin Red Bull Racing$24M$2.3M$26.3M
96DeMar DeRozan🏀San Antonio SpursSan Antonio Spurs$22.2M$4M$26.2M
96Philippe CoutinhoBarcelonaBarcelona$24.2M$2M$26.2M
98Clayton KershawLos Angeles DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers$24.8M$1.3M$26.1M
98Laremy Tunsil🏈Houston TexansHouston Texans$26M$50K$26.1M
100Kyle Lowry🏀Toronto RaptorsToronto Raptors$24.5M$1.5M$26M

Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all broke the $100 million mark, with each of the trio both commanding a salary north of $70 million.

Third-placed Ronaldo supplemented his $70 million salary with a substantial $50 million in endorsements. Messi beat Ronaldo in terms of salary ($91 million), but only brought in $35 million in endorsement income. Still, the Argentine’s combined $126 million was enough to see him bag second spot.

When it comes to endorsements and sponsorship deals, though, one man is head and shoulders above the rest. 

UFC mega-star Conor McGregor only fought once inside the Octagon during the qualifying period, but still managed to come away with total earnings of $208 million!

‘Notorious’ made just $28 million of that figure inside the cage, meaning he scooped more than $180 in outside deals. His involvement with Proper Twelve – his own brand of Irish whiskey – is a big contributor to his overall earnings, but McGregor also has a number of other business interests.

McGregor, Messi, Ronaldo, Federer, Hamilton, Woods, Kohli: The 100 highest-paid athletes

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