Basketball: Steven Adams among top 100 athletes on Forbes' Rich List
Jun 12 2019
India cricket captain Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world's highest-paid athletes, ranked 100th in the table.
This year's list consists of athletes from 25 different countries and 10 different sports, with basketball being the most represented.
The magazine takes money, salaries and endorsements from athletes between June 2018 and June 2019 to break down its list, which has been published every year since 1990. Lionel Messi leads the overall chart, earning 112 million Euros a year.
Athletes from 10 sports made the top 100, with National Basketball Association stars leading the way.
Last year's highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.
Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 United States stars in the top 100.
Brazilian PSG star Neymar ($105 million) completed a hat-trick of footballers at the top of Forbes' list, listed at number three despite earning $10 million more in salary/winnings than the Portuguese star.
While the Argentine earned a total of $127 million, which includes $92 million in salary and $35 million in endorsements, Ronaldo finished second with earnings worth $109 million ($65 million in salary + $44 million in endorsements).
The Brazil global and Paris Saint-Germain superstar pocketed a total of $105 million (R1.54 billion) overall, with $75 million (R1.1 billion) being garnered in salary earnings, plus a further $30 million (R440 million) from endorsements with DAZN, Beats Electronics, Electronic Arts, Gillette, Mastercard, McDonald's, Nike, Red Bull and TCL.
Stars from the National Football League and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sixth on $89.5 million, just ahead of Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 million).