Mayweather rules Forbes top earning athletes list, Messi 2nd

Floyd ‘Money’ lives up to his name, with the American having earned twice as much as his second competitor, Lionel Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo sitting third.

By SportBrief Reporter

THE Forbes top earning athletes list for 2018 is out and it’s the retired American boxer who rules the roost, having made a whopping $285 million last year, with that figure more than double of what second placed Lionel Messi earned ($111 million).

The Barcelona star is placed second in the list, ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million) and Neymar ($90 million). The trio are the only footballing stars to have made it into the top 10 of Forbes ranking of the world’s highest-earning athletes.

Here is a full list of the top ten earning athletes:


#1           Floyd Mayweather          $285 M

#2           Lionel Messi                      $111 M

#3           Cristiano Ronaldo             $108 M

#4           Conor McGregor              $99 M

#5           Neymar                               $90 M

#6           LeBron James                   $85.5 M

#7           Roger Federer                  $77.2 M

#8           Stephen Curry                  $76.9 M

#9           Matt Ryan                          $67.3 M

#10         Matthew Stafford           $59.5 M


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