The Highest Paid Athletes 2019

The Highest Paid Athletes 2019
The Highest Paid Athletes 2019

Professional athletes sacrifice important aspects of their lives, especially their health and family. For instance, no matter what sport, during each season, there are away games that keep players from their families.

More significant, though, is that players put their bodies in danger daily. Physical injury can leave athletes handicapped or disabled for the rest of their lives;

NFL players who experience multiple concussions can suffer from a progressive degenerative disease that causes dementia and depression.

 

The Highest Paid Athletes 2019

 

10. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford

Stafford signed the richest contract in NFL history last summer (since exceeded by Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Ryan). The five-year deal is worth $135 million with $60.5 million guaranteed. The $50 million signing bonus included $34 million at the time of signing in August 2017 and $16 million at the start of 2018.

Source of Wealth: Football
Salary/ Winning: $57.5 M
Endorsements: $2 M
Citizenship: United States
Total Earning: $59.5 M

 

9. Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan

Ryan became the NFL’s first $30 million-per-year player in May when the Falcons locked up their franchise quarterback through 2023. The deal set new records for average salary ($30 million), total value ($150 million), guaranteed money ($100 million) and signing bonus ($46.5 million, with half deferred to April 2019)

Source of Wealth: Football
Salary/ Winning: $62.3 M
Endorsements: $5 M
Citizenship: United States
Total Earning: $67.3 M

 

8. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry

The two-time MVP signed the NBA’s first $200 million contracts last summer. The five-year deal guarantees $201 million from the Warriors. Curry’s salary nearly tripled this past season and was tops in the NBA for the first time. His endorsement partners include Under Armour, Chase, Vivo,

Source of Wealth: Basketball
Salary/ Winning: $34.9 M
Endorsements: $42 M
Citizenship: United States
Total Earning: $76.9 M

 

7. Roger Federer

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

The greatest men’s tennis player of all time added two more majors to his tally, bringing his record total to 20. He returned to the No. 1 world ranking briefly in 2018, becoming the oldest by more than three years to reach the ATP top ranking. Federer has won $116 million in prize money in his career, but the total is dwarfed by his off-court earnings from appearances and endorsements.

Source of Wealth: Tennis
Salary/ Winning: $12.2 M
Endorsements: $65 M
Citizenship: Switzerland
Total Earning: $77.2 M

 

6. LeBron James

LeBron James
LeBron James

The NBA’s four-time MVP has made it to the NBA Finals eight straight years and nine times overall. During the most recent season, he broke Michael Jordan’s long-standing record of consecutive games with double-digit points and became the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points. For all of his success on the court, King James’ off-court feats are equally impressive.

Source of Wealth: Basketball
Salary/ Winning: $33.5 M
Endorsements: $52 M
Citizenship: United States
Total Earning: $85.5 M

 

5. Neymar

Neymar
Neymar

In August 2017, the Brazilian superstar signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain worth a total cash outlay of more than $600 million. Of that, $250 million was paid to his former club Barcelona to release him from his contract there. The remaining $350 million will be paid in salary through his playing contract that lasts until June 2022.

Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/ Winning: $73 M
Endorsements: $17 M
Citizenship: Brazil
Total Earning: $90 M

 

4. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

The UFC’s biggest star has not stepped foot in the Octagon professionally since November 2016, but Conor McGregor scored his biggest payday to date thanks to a 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor banked an estimated $85 million for the fight, more than five times his previous top paycheck. The fight had 4.3 million PPV buys and generated more than $550 million in revenue.

Source of Wealth: Mixed Martial Arts
Salary/ Winning: $85 M
Endorsements: $14 M
Citizenship: Ireland
Total Earning: $99 M

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo added a fifth Ballon d’Or, given to the world’s best player, and his fifth Champions League title to his trophy shelf this past season. But the global soccer icon rocked the sporting world with a move to Italian club Juventus in July. He cited a need for a new challenge. Ronaldo’s lifetime Nike contract is worth upward of $1 billion. He has an array of other deals including Herbalife, EA Sports, and American Tourister,

Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/ Winning: $61 M
Endorsements: $47 M
Citizenship: Portugal
Total Earning: $108M

 

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Messi finished the 2017-18 season as the top scoring player in the Top 5 European Leagues with 45 goals in all competitions. In November 2017, he agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona that will keep him with the club through 2020-21 and pay him an annual salary and bonus in excess of $80 million,

Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/ Winning: $84 M
Endorsements: $27 M
Citizenship: Argentina
Total Earning: $111 M

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather

The boxer missed last year’s list, but his August 2017 fight versus Conor McGregor in Las Vegas generated more than $550 million in revenue, with Money Mayweather earning $275 million as the “A” side of the bout and for his role as a promoter.

Source of Wealth: Boxing
Salary/ Winning: $275 M
Endorsements: $10 M
Citizenship: United States
Total Earning: $285 M

 

Source: Forbes