Five golfers in Forbes highest paid athletes list

09 Juin, 2018, 14:29 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Five golfers in Forbes highest paid athletes list

Though Mayweather is the only American in the top five, US athletes take four out of the next five spots on the list-LeBron James ($85.5m), Stephen Curry ($76.9m), Matt Ryan ($67.3m) and Matthew Stafford ($59.5m)-with Roger Federer ($77.2m) being the only non-American to rank in the second five.

Forbes released a list of the world's highest paid athletes on Tuesday.

On the other hand, for the first time since 2010, women's athletes have not found their place in the list of 100 people.

The next golfer on the list is fellow veteran Phil Mickelson, coming in at 22nd with $41.3 million.

In 26th place, Rory McIlroy is the next highest golfer. The India skipper is placed 83 on the list.

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Justin Thomas fought his way onto the list through sheer earnings.

The highest-earning golfers. who have yet to win on tour! Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her. Last year, Kohli's earning through salary and winnings was $3 million while brand endorsements earned him $19 million. The 2018 list includes two stars of the NBA Finals but no women anywhere in the top 100. Erm, hands up if you have ever heard of Batum?

While basketball and American football stars make most of their money through match fees and prize money, tennis and golf athletes make over 75% of their annual income through endorsements.

The latest list features athletes from 11 different sports, with basketball leading the way with 40 contenders.

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton is 12th in the list, with boxer Anthony Joshua 25th - and sure to rise if he can continue knocking out opponents.

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