Late last year Forbes published various “highest-paid” lists, including a list of the highest-earning athletes of the decade. Since 2010, a number of athletes earned absolutely astronomical amounts but it was Floyd Mayweather Jr. that topped the list, raking in $915 million.

While the sum itself is already hard to fathom, the fact that Mayweather Jr. only fought 10 fights from 2010 until 2019, makes the figure even more unbelievable. According to Forbes, the boxer earned more than $500 million from his 2015 and 2017 fights against Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor combined.

Two football players — Cristiano Ronaldo ($800 million) and Lionel Messi ($750 million) rounded out the top three. Ronaldo benefited from the fact that his Instagram and Facebook followings are the highest of any person in the world, while Messi’s salary last year was the highest of any athlete across team sports, which helped him top Forbes’ ranking for 2019.

The athletes’ earnings were calculated by Forbes and included prize money, sponsorships, and salary. The rest of the list was made up of golfers, basketball players, a Formula 1 driver, and a second boxer.  The top ten in full is below:

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: $915 million Cristiano Ronaldo: $800 million Lionel Messi: $750 million LeBron James: $680 million Roger Federer: $640 million Tiger Woods: $615 million Phil Mickelson: $480 million Manny Pacquiao: $435 million Kevin Durant:$425 million Lewis Hamilton: $400 million

For more insights, head to Forbes’ full breakdown of the ranking.

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Socks & Sandals Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly

    Sneakers
  • harvey nichols sale

    This Sale Has 50% off Margiela, Stone Island & More

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Hiking Can Be High-End & These Outdoor-Ready Options Prove It

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Honestly, It’s Okay to Admit That Drake Put You Onto Dance Music

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Warning! These Outfits Are Loud And They're Proud

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Our Latest Sneaker Turns City Pavements Into Clouds

    Sneakers
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.