Forbes releases its annual list of highest paid athletes for 2018

Forbes has released its annual list of highest-paid athletes for 2018, showing Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather leapfrogging Christiano Ronaldo after an extremely successful year – mostly due to the highly-anticipated fight with UFC star Conor McGregor, who also saw a huge paycheck that pushed him to the fourth spot on the Forbes list.

Ronaldo’s arch enemy, Lionel Messi, also overtook him, thanks to sponsorship deals and a new deal with Barcelona FC.

The higest-paid British sports star is, of course, Lewis Hamilton, who took 12th place with a cool $51 million.

Take a look at the list below:

Rank Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport
#1 Floyd Mayweather $285 M $275 M $10 M Boxing
#2 Lionel Messi $111 M $84 M $27 M Football
#3 Cristiano Ronaldo $108 M $61 M $47 M Football
#4 Conor McGregor $99 M $85 M $14 M Mixed Martial Arts
#5 Neymar $90 M $73 M $17 M Football
#6 LeBron James $85.5 M $33.5 M $52 M Basketball
#7 Roger Federer $77.2 M $12.2 M $65 M Tennis
#8 Stephen Curry $76.9 M $34.9 M $42 M Basketball
#9 Matt Ryan $67.3 M $62.3 M $5 M NFL
#10 Matthew Stafford $59.5 M $57.5 M $2 M NFL
#11 Kevin Durant $57.3 M $25.3 M $32 M Basketball
#12 Lewis Hamilton $51 M $42 M $9 M Auto Racing
#13 Russell Westbrook $47.6 M $28.6 M $19 M Basketball
#14 James Harden $46.4 M $28.4 M $18 M Basketball
#15 Canelo Alvarez $44.5 M $42 M $2.5 M Boxing
#16 Tiger Woods $43.3 M $1.3 M $42 M Golf
#17 Drew Brees $42.9 M $29.9 M $13 M NFL
#18 Sebastian Vettel $42.3 M $42 M $300 K Auto Racing
#19 Derek Carr $42.1 M $40.1 M $2 M NFL
#20 Rafael Nadal $41.4 M $14.4 M $27 M Tennis
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