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All time list

The following list shows the highest-paid athletes of all time, as of 2017:

The list is only about modern athletes. For example Gaius Appuleius Diocles a Lusitania Chariot racer is said to have earned 35,863,120 sesterces, by some estimation over $15 billion in today's dollars. This means he would be the best paid athlete of all time. That condition, however, arises from the fantastic asumption that, as his wealth would have been enough to fund the entire Roman Army for more than two months, "the apt comparison is what it takes to pay the wages of the American armed forces for the same period" despite the fact that current american are much wealthier and numerous than their roman counterparts. A wheat-based approach yields $ 6,49 million in money of 2019.

Rank Name Sport Nation Earnings
Million $
1 Michael Jordan Basketball United States United States 1,850
2 Tiger Woods Golf United States United States 1,700
3 Arnold Palmer Golf United States United States 1,400
4 Jack Nicklaus Golf United States United States 1,200
5 Michael Schumacher Auto racing Germany Germany 1,000
6 Phil Mickelson Golf United States United States 815
7 Kobe Bryant Basketball United States United States 800
David Beckham Association football England England
9 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing United States United States 785
10 Shaquille O'Neal Basketball United States United States 735



2019 list

The 2019 list:

Rank Name Sport Nation Total Salary/Winnings Endorsements
1 Lionel Messi Association football Argentina Argentina $127 million $92 million $35 million
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football Portugal Portugal $109 million $65 million $44 million
3 Neymar Association football Brazil Brazil $105 million $75 million $30 million
4 Canelo Álvarez Professional boxing Mexico Mexico $94 million $92 million $2 million
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland Switzerland $88.3 million $7.4 million $86 million
6 Russell Wilson American football United States United States $89.5 million $80.5 million $9 million
7 Aaron Rodgers American football United States United States $89.3 million $80.3 million $9 million
8 LeBron James Basketball United States United States $89 million $36 million $53 million
9 Stephen Curry Basketball United States United States $79.8 million $37.8 million $42 million
10 Kevin Durant Basketball United States United States $65.4 million $30.4 million $35 million
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