Six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has squeezed into the top sports earners of the past decade, having banked $400-million during this period – more than any other racing driver.
Last week Forbes released the list which is topped by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather “who brought in $915-million in the past 10 years, $115-million more than any other athlete, without collecting a single paycheck from a team owner or an eye-popping sponsorship deal.”
Football (soccer) superstars Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $800-million and Lionel Messi third with $750-million.
Forbes’ annual rankings of top-earning athletes “looks at salaries, prize money, bonuses, endorsements, appearance fees and licensing income. The top 10 for the decade, which includes a pair from boxing, soccer, basketball and golf, collectively made $6.1-billion.
“No baseball, football or hockey players made the cut. We also excluded earnings for athletes during their retirement years, keeping NBA stars like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan out of the top 10.
“Serena Williams is the only woman among the 40 highest-paid athletes of the decade, earning $215-million,” concludes the report.
Top ten earners in sport from 2010 to 2019:
10.Lewis Hamilton: $400-million
The six-time F1 World Champion is the most marketable athlete in the sport and commands the biggest paycheck.
9. Kevin Durant: $425-million
Durant’s annual earnings from his salary and endorsements jumped 400% during the course of the decade.
8. Manny Pacquiao: $435-million
Pacquiao’s 25 pay-per-view fights have generated 20-million buys and an estimated $1.3-billion in revenue.
7. Phil Mickelson: $480-million
Mickelson nabbed the biggest paycheck of his career in 2018 when he defeated his longtime rival Woods in an exhibition for a $-million purse.
6. Tiger Woods: $615-million
Tiger averaged only 10 PGA Tour events per year during the 2010s, but his endorsement earnings for the decade were tops among athletes.
5. Roger Federer: $640-million
Federer, 38, is on the back end of his tennis career, but his earnings will stay high on the back of a 10-year, $300-million deal with Uniqlo inked in 2018.
#4 LeBron James: $680-million
James has made more than twice as much from endorsements during his first 16 years in the NBA, compared to his $270-million in playing salary.
#3 Lionel Messi: $750-million
Messi’s 2019 playing salary for Barcelona is the highest of any athlete across all team sports.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo: $800-million
Ronaldo’s endorsement partners benefit from his massive Instagram and Facebook followings, which both rank as the biggest of any person on the planet.
#1 Floyd Mayweather: $915-million
Mayweather pocketed more than $500 million combined for his 2015 and 2017 fights versus Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.
— Forbes (@Forbes) December 24, 2019