The Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes In The World | (Forbes Sporting Rich List 2018)
Forbes recently published a list of the highest paid athletes for 2018.
And it looks like the world’s biggest sports stars are making more bank than ever, thanks to soaring salaries and mega endorsement deals.
All the athletes on the list are hugely popular and some of the greatest players of their sport. They’re a joy to watch on pitch – and to bet on.
Fan favourites amongst sports bettors on online betting Malaysia, they have achieved incredible milestones in their career. From bookie football, basketball, tennis, boxing to American football, these athletes have provided some of the most exciting and memorable on-pitch action we’ve ever watched. And have rightly earned their superstar status, fame and fortune.
World’s Top 10 Richest Sportsmen List for 2018
So here’s the World’s Top 10 Richest Sportsmen for 2018 according to Forbes:
Total Pay: $285 million
Earnings: $275 million
Endorsements: $10 million
The man they call “Money” is back on top.
Thanks to his money-spinning bout versus UFC kingpin Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather is No. 1 on Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes.
Mayweather netted a colossal $275 million, while endorsements with Hublot and Tequila Avion added another $10 million.
The fight saw “Money” beat a younger, fitter McGregor in a 10-round battle and bump up his win/loss career record to an impressive 50-0.
But these he wasn’t the only guy raking it in. Fans of boxing betting on online gambling Malaysia who put our money on “Money” cashed in big too!
Total Pay: $111 million
Earnings: $84 million
Endorsements: $27 million
Sport: Football/ Soccer
Lionel Messi edged out his main competition, Cristiano Ronaldo, to take 2nd place on the list of top 10 richest sportsmen.
Messi’s annual salary exceeded $80 million after extending his contract with Spanish football giant Barcelona, a regular bookie favourite in La Liga and UEFA Champions League bookie football betting, through 2021. The deal made him the highest-paid footballer on the pitch for 2018. Off the pitch, Messi earned another $27 million through endorsement deals with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Huawei and more.
However, he has been criticised for not being as successful for his country Argentina as he has been for his club Barcelona. (Lots of us who enjoy online betting Malaysia and bookie football would remember Argentina’s rollercoaster performance in World Cup 2018.)
Total Pay: $108 million
Earnings: $61 million
Endorsements: $47 million
Sport: Football/ Soccer
With his $108 million haul, Cristiano Ronaldo landed in No. 3 among the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo earned $61 million through his contract with Real Madrid. (But he has since moved to Serie A giant Juventus in a $117 million transfer.)
In addition to his salary, the Portuguese forward has a lifetime Nike contract worth upwards of $1 billion, and deals with Herbalife, EA Sports, American Tourister and more. He also has his own range of CR7 branded products.
Recently, Ronaldo won his first trophy with Juve, the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana. Fans of bookie football and online betting Malaysia should keep an eye on Juve as the club’s success may further improve with Ronaldo’s scoring prowess – providing exciting opportunities in Serie A and maybe UEFA Champions League betting.
Total Pay: $99 million
Earnings: $85 million
Endorsements: $14 million
Sport: Mixed Martial Arts/ Boxing
UFC superstar Conor McGregor ranks No. 4.
His sports betting extravaganza against Floyd Mayweather scored the mixed martial artist the biggest payday of his career. Despite losing the fight, he banked $85 million – more than five times what he previously earned in the ring. It just goes to show that one knock-out bet can make a huge payday (especially if you enjoy boxing betting on online casino Malaysia!).
Endorsements with Burger King, Beats by Dre, Anheuser-Busch and Betsafe added another $14 million.
Total Pay: $90 million
Earnings: $71 million
Endorsements: $19 million
Sport: Football/ Soccer
Brazilian superstar, Neymar takes 5th spot on the list.
Neymar became the most expensive footballer of all time when Paris Saint-Germain paid $600 million for a 5-year transfer deal. $250 million to Barcelona for the release, and $350 million as his on-field salary – banking him $71 million last season.
Neymar joins Mbappé and Cavani on PSG’s deadly front 3. However, Neymar’s recurring metatarsal injury may curtail PSG’s campaign this season – which can impact PSG’s betting odds on online betting Malaysia for Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League betting.
The Brazilian was widely criticised for excessive diving in World Cup 2018 (which have inspired a series of hilarious Internet memes and Youtube parodies). He has since apologised after the World Cup and promised to change for the better.
Off-field, he raked in $19 million from sponsorships with Nike, Red Bull, Gillette, McDonald’s and Beats by Dre.
Total Pay: $85.5 million
Earnings: $33.5 million
Endorsements: $52 million
NBA’s highest earner, LeBron James comes in at No. 6.
One of the world’s most successful basketball players, he earned $33.5 million in salaries for 2018 and recently joined the LA Lakers on a 4-year, $154 million contract.
Thanks to his on-court success, he made a whopping $52 million from endorsements with big brands like Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Beats By Dre, Kia Motors, Intel and more.
LeBron’s golden touch is undeniable. Since his transfer, LA Lakers have become a betting favourite in sports betting and basketball betting. The team is also now one of the bookies’ favourites for the season.
Total Pay: $77 million
Earnings: $12.2 million
Endorsements: $65 million
One of the most loved and greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer is the 7th highest-paid athlete for 2018.
Despite making only $12.2 million in prize money, he remains one of sport’s biggest earners, thanks to the $65 million he earns in endorsements and appearances. Federer’s partners include global giants such as Uniqlo, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Credit Suisse, Moet & Chandon, Barilla and more.
Matches featuring this tennis maestro are often popular bets in tennis betting and online betting Malaysia, especially for tennis bets on the 4 major Grand Slams – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Total Pay: $76.9 million
Earnings: $34.9 million
Endorsements: $42 million
One of two NBA players to make it onto our list, Stephen Curry takes the 8th spot.
Considered by many to be the greatest shooter in NBA history, he made $34.9 million from the team and $42 million from endorsement partners including Under Armour, Nissan/Infiniti, Chase, JBL and Vivo. He also became NBA’s first ever $200 million player when he signed a new contract with the Golden State Warriors.
A fan favourite on and off the court, he recently became the first player in NBA history to make eight or more 3s in three straight games.
It’s no wonder that the Golden State Warrriors have been bookies’ favourites several times on online betting Malaysia to win the NBA finals. Having said that, as fans of basketball betting would know, basketball is such a fast-paced sport that anything, and any result, can happen.
Total Pay: $67.3 million
Earnings: $62.3 million
Endorsements: $5 million
Sport: American Football
NFL quarterback Matt Ryan claims the 9th spot.
He became the first player in the NFL to earn $30 million a year when he signed a new contract with Detroit Falcons through 2023. Under the record-breaking deal, the star quarterback also earned a guaranteed $100 million and $46.5 million in signing bonus.
Those unfamiliar with American football betting may be wondering why a quarterback commands a lucrative salary. That’s because a main quarterback will greatly affect the team’s performance (which can impact results and sports betting odds).
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Ryan made an additional $5 million from endorsements with Nike, Gatorade, Delta Airlines, IBM, Mercedes Benz and Banana Republic.
Total Pay: $59.5 million
Earnings: $57.5 million
Endorsements: $2 million
Sport: American Football
Finally, Detroit Lions’ star quarterback Matthew Stafford is No. 10 among the world’s highest-paid sportsmen.
He made $57.5 million for 2018 when he signed a new five-year deal worth $135 million. The deal includes a guaranteed $60.5 million and a $50 million signing bonus.
Seasoned American football bettors on online betting Malaysia would be familiar with his impressive career statistics and records. As the quarterback, he’s the offensive engine of the team – and can impact results (and also sports betting odds).
Stafford also earned another $2 million from endorsements with Nike, PepsiCo and Ford Motors.
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