It’s no secret that the world’s premier athletes make a lot of money Nevertheless, it’s staggering to see just how much they accrue.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar follow on both lists, with boxer Canelo Alvarez and tennis legend Roger Federer (almost entirely on the strength of endorsements) making each top 10.
Sportico broke down its top 100 by sport, revealing NBA and NFL dominance.
Twitters users took notice of the heavy basketball presence on top. James Harden’s inclusion at No. 9 on Sportico’s rankings especially raised some eyebrows amid a down season.
While no NFL star made Sportico’s top 10, Forbes put Tom Brady at No. 9. The quarterback is in line to earn even more when retiring and joining the FOX booth as a broadcaster.
Tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are the only women on Sportico’s list.
As noted by Sportico’s Eben Novy-Williams, Osaka was the world’s highest-paid athlete under 25 years old last year.
By Sportico’s calculations, 23 athletes made over $50 million last year. James led everyone with $90 million in endorsement revenue.