Mayweather Becomes Highest-Paid Athlete With $275m A Night

  • Mayweather Becomes Highest-Paid Athlete With $275m A Night

Mayweather Becomes Highest-Paid Athlete With $275m A Night

According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid sports stars of 2018 are all men-for the first time since 2010. His two biggest pay cheques are from his club side Real Madrid, who pay him $50 million (R638 717 500, 00) a year, while he has a lifetime contract with Nike worth upward of $1 billion (R 12 774 350 000, 00).

Former boxer Floyd Mayweather of the USA is the top athlete in the past year with $ 285 million in revenue. European soccer stars Lionel Messi and Ronaldo ranked second and third, respectively, on Forbes 2017 list.

With combined earnings of $43.3m over the previous year - $1.3m in on-course earnings, $42m in endorsements - former world No.1 Woods ranks 16th, sandwiched between boxer Canelo Alvarez ($44.5m) and American football star Drew Brees ($42.9m).

And where, we hear you ask, is the top golfer in the list?

Mayweather continues to scorch the rankings; coming in at 14th in ESPN's third annual World Fame 100 - a ranking that takes into account Forbes' annual list as well as several other metrics. "You all are true champions".

Like he did to Conor McGregor in August, Floyd Mayweather has now thoroughly trounced Cristiano Ronaldo.

Forbes top ten of richest athletes is completed by UFC Champion Connor McGregor, Brazilian superstar Neymar, the NBA's MVP LeBron James, 20-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, NBA Champion Stephen Curry and National Football League stars Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

The absence of any women on the list is made worse by the inclusion of Mayweather at the top.

Tennis sensation Serena Williams is typically among the top earners in sports. The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world. The NFL had 19 players, while Major League Baseball had 14.