The Highest Paid Athletes in 2019

How do you determine the highest paid athletes across the globe in any given year? Quite easy actually. You visit the Forbes website and locate the highest-paid sportsmen in the world report where you can easily see who is the highest paid athletes at the moment. The Forbes list selected athletes from 20 different countries and surprisingly, it didn’t feature a single female athlete in 2019. So, without going into more detail about the list, let’s take a look at the highest paid athletes for 2019.

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is a renowned athlete from America who is 41 years old. He is the number 1 celebrity on Forbes’ Top Celebrities List of 2018. Mayweather’s main source of income is undoubtedly boxing. The boxer’s salary managed to reach $275 million along with $10 million in endorsements. His most renowned fight occurred in 2017 when he claimed victory against Conor McGregor, allowing him to take home a cool $100 million from the battle.

Lionel Messi

Soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world, watched by more than 3.5 billion spectators. That’s nearly half of the world’s population! And with the most popular sport comes the most renowned footballers that have been fighting for the top spot for more than a decade. The two players include Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. However, Lionel Messi is currently in the lead when it comes to salary. He now earned over $84 million and also made around $27 million from endorsements. He is also listed on the Top Celebrities List from Forbes, ranked in 8th position.

Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo is considered the highest paid athlete from Portugal and is ranked third in the world for 2019, according to Forbes. The Juventus football star currently earned around $61 million a year and also makes around $47 million from endorsement deals. He is also an immensely popular athlete when it comes to social media. For instance, his Instagram account boasts with more than 154 million followers.


Neymar is considered the highest paid footballer from Brazil and is currently ranked fourth in the world when it comes to the highest paid athlete. The superstar from PSG earns presently $73 million as a salary and takes home $17 million from endorsements. He is sponsored by some of the most renowned sports brands in the world, including Red Bull and Nike as well as McDonald’s. He is also listed on the Top Celebrities List of 2018 from Forbes in 13th position.

LeBron James

LeBron James is an American basketball star that impresses with a remarkable salary of $33 million per year. He also takes home a cool $52 million in endorsement deals which allows him to rank fifth on our list of highest-paid athletes of 2019. LeBron James is also considered the youngest player in basketball to earn 30,000 career points. He is even listed on the Top Celebrities List of 2018, placing him in 17th position.