Top 7 richest athletes in the world

Sports Money Index

Forbes created an index that compares teams, athletes, sports, brands and agencies. It’s the Sports Money Index.

The first place of the full list belongs to Nike, the second to Real Madrid and third Barcelona. The first athlete is ranked fifth in the full list.

When it comes to athletes here is the top 7 most powerful sportsmen of the world:

1. LeBron James

LeBron James

Total earnings: $ 86 M

Endorsements: $ 55 M

Salary: $ 31 M

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Total earnings: $ 88 M

Endorsements: $ 32 M

Salary: $ 56 M

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Total earnings: $ 81.4 M

Endorsements: $ 28 M

Salary: $ 53.4 M

4. Eli Manning

Eli Manning

Total earnings: $ 45 M

Endorsements: $ 8 M

Salary: $ 37 M

5. Kevin Duran

Kevin Durant

Total earnings: $ 62.5 M

Endorsements: $ 36 M

Salary: $ 26.5 M

6. Neymar

Neymar

Total earnings: $ 37.5 M

Endorsements: $ 23 M

Salary: $ 14.5 M

7. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Total earnings: $ 32.6 M

Endorsements: $ 8 M

Salary: $ 24.6 M

The index methodology compares not just the money, but also entity’s connections (things like sponsors, teams and agencies). Cristiano Ronaldo for example has more money ($ 88 million) than LeBron James ($ 86 million), but LeBron has 6 connections and Cristiano Ronaldo only 3.

 

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