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 Β£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.

RankAthleteSportTeamLogoSalary/WinningsEndorsementsTotal
1Conor McGregorπŸ₯‹$28M$180M$208M
2Lionel Messi⚽BarcelonaBarcelona$91M$35M$126M
3Cristiano Ronaldo⚽JuventusJuventus$70M$50M$120M
4Dak Prescott🏈Dallas CowboysDallas Cowboys$97.4M$11M$108.4M
5LeBron JamesπŸ€Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers$31.8M$70M$101.8M
6Neymar⚽Paris 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 DurantπŸ€Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$32.1M$48M$80.1M
10Stephen CurryπŸ€Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors$34.5M$40M$74.5M
11Lewis Hamilton🏎️MercedesMercedes$50M$14M$64M
12Canelo ÁlvarezπŸ₯Š$61M$2M$63M
13Tiger Woods🏌️$191K$62M$62.2M
14Russell WestbrookπŸ€Washington WizardsWashington Wizards$33.1M$28M$61.1M
15Naomi Osaka🎾$5.2M$50M$55.2M
16James HardenπŸ€Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$33.1M$18M$51.1M
17Giannis AntetokounmpoπŸ€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 ThompsonπŸ€Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors$28.3M$15M$43.3M
24Kyrie IrvingπŸ€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 Bale⚽Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur$35.9M$6M$41.9M
29Dustin Johnson🏌️$24.8M$16M$40.8M
30Antoine Griezmann⚽BarcelonaBarcelona$34.6M$6M$40.6M
31Damian LillardπŸ€Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers$25.4M$15M$40.4M
32Chris PaulπŸ€Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns$33.2M$7M$40.2M
33Kylian Mbappé⚽Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain$29.1M$11M$40.1M
34DeAndre Hopkins🏈Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals$38M$1.5M$39.5M
35Andrés Iniesta⚽Vissel 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 GeorgeπŸ€Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers$28.5M$8.5M$37M
39Anthony DavisπŸ€Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers$26.6M$10M$36.6M
39Francisco Lindor⚾New 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 Salah⚽LiverpoolLiverpool$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 ButlerπŸ€Miami HeatMiami Heat$27.8M$7M$34.8M
48J.J. Watt🏈Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals$27.5M$7M$34.5M
48John WallπŸ€Houston RocketsHouston Rockets$33M$1.5M$34.5M
50Paul Pogba⚽Manchester UnitedManchester United$27.4M$7M$34.4M
51Kawhi LeonardπŸ€Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers$27.6M$6M$33.6M
52Novak Djokovic🎾$4.4M$29M$33.4M
53Eden Hazard⚽Real MadridReal Madrid$29M$4M$33M
54Rory McIlroy🏌️$4.8M$28M$32.8M
55Ben SimmonsπŸ€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 Lewandowski⚽Bayern MunichBayern Munich$26.6M$5M$31.6M
59Virat Kohli🏏Royal Challengers BangaloreRoyal Challengers Bangalore$3.5M$28M$31.5M
60Devin BookerπŸ€Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns$23.6M$7M$30.6M
60Kemba WalkerπŸ€Boston CelticsBoston Celtics$27.6M$3M$30.6M
62Blake GriffinπŸ€Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets$27M$3M$30M
63Tyler Lockett🏈Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks$29.2M$600K$29.8M
64Joel EmbiidπŸ€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 HarrisπŸ€Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers$27.5M$1.5M$29M
69D’Angelo RussellπŸ€Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Timberwolves$22.9M$6M$28.9M
70Mike ConleyπŸ€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 Bruyne⚽Manchester CityManchester City$25M$3.5M$28.5M
74David de Gea⚽Manchester UnitedManchester United$25.9M$2.5M$28.4M
74Mike Trout⚾Los Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Angels$24.9M$3.5M$28.4M
76Zion WilliamsonπŸ€New Orleans PelicansNew Orleans Pelicans$8.2M$20M$28.2M
77Kristaps PorziΕ†Δ£isπŸ€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 Sterling⚽Manchester CityManchester City$23.2M$4.5M$27.7M
82CJ McCollumπŸ€Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers$23.5M$4M$27.5M
83Ángel Di María⚽Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain$24.7M$2.5M$27.2M
84Khris MiddletonπŸ€Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks$26.6M$500K$27.1M
85Kevin LoveπŸ€Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers$25M$2M$27M
86Kenny Clark🏈Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers$26.7M$150K$26.9M
87Stephen Strasburg⚾Washington NationalsWashington Nationals$26.3M$400K$26.7M
88Justin Simmons🏈Denver BroncosDenver Broncos$26.4M$150K$26.6M
88Karl-Anthony TownsπŸ€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 DeRozanπŸ€San Antonio SpursSan Antonio Spurs$22.2M$4M$26.2M
96Philippe Coutinho⚽BarcelonaBarcelona$24.2M$2M$26.2M
98Clayton Kershaw⚾Los Angeles DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers$24.8M$1.3M$26.1M
98Laremy Tunsil🏈Houston TexansHouston Texans$26M$50K$26.1M
100Kyle LowryπŸ€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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