Forbes released their 2017 list of the highest paid athletes in the world, and the athletes earning top-dollar come from across the spectrum. There are eight NBA players, four golfers, four soccer players, three race car drivers, two NFL players, two tennis players, a fighter and a runner. Here Listing Maniac brings up the data of highest paid athletes in the world from the year 2012 – 2017 as released by the Forbes each year.
HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES AROUND THE GLOBE
|1||.FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.||BOXING||UNITED STATES||$300 million||$285 million||$15 million|
|2||MANNY PACQUIAO||BOXING||PHILIPPINES||$160 million||$148 million||$12 million|
|3||CRISTIANO RONALDO||FOOTBALL||PORTUGAL||$79.6 million||$52.6 million||$27 million|
|4||LIONEL MESSI||FOOTBALL||ARGENTINA||$73.8 million||$51.8 million||$22 million|
|5||ROGER FEDERER||TENNIS||SWITZERLAND||$67 million||$9 million||$58 million|
|6||LEBRON JAMES||BASKET BALL||UNITED STATES||$64.8 million||$20.8 million||$44 million|
|7||KEVIN DURANT||BASKET BALL||UNITED STATES||$54.1 million||$19.1 million||$35 million|
|8||PHIL MICKELSON||GOLF||UNITED STATES||$50.8 million||$2.8 million||$48 million|
|9||TIGER WOODS||GOLF||UNITED STATES||$50.6 million||$0.6 million||$50 million|
|10||KOBE BRYANT||BASKET BALL||UNITED STATES||$49.5 million||$23.5 million||$26 million|
FINAL ANALYSIS OF 2017 HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES
ONLY ONE WOMEN ATHLETE AMONG THE TOP 100 HIGHEST PAID OF 2017
Among the highest 100 paid athletes of 2017 if taken, there is only one women among the 100. Tennis star Serena Williams, who is pregnant and not currently playing on the tour, made $27 million last year $8 million from tennis winnings and $19 million from endorsements. The 35-year-old has won more Grand Slam singles titles 23 than any man or woman in the Open era, which began in 1968 and marked the first time that both professionals and amateurs could compete for titles.
The youngest athlete on the list is golfer Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old made $34.5 million last year — $5.5 million in winnings and $29 million from endorsements.
In an open letter late last year, Williams addressed the disparity between how much men and women in sports earn. “When the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts. I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you.”
She ended her letter with, “We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”