American golfer Tiger Woods, having fallen out of favor with his sound-off sex scandal in 2009, leads the ranking with revenue of 78.1 million.On a male-dominated list, three women passed this year, the three tennis players: Maria Sharapova (22), Serena Williams (68), and China’s Li Na (85).
American golfer Tiger Woods once again topped Forbes magazine’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World.
Woods, again at the top of the world golf rankings, having fallen out of favor with his sound-blown sex scandal in 2009, leads the ranking with revenue in the past 12 months of $78.1 million, between salaries, awards, and sponsorships.
The silver medal is hanged this time by Federer after the Basel tennis player won $71.5 million between June 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013, while bronze goes to Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, with 61.9 million.
The list, which includes athletes from eleven sports disciplines from 23 countries, continues with Miami Heat star Lebron James (4), with $59.8 million.
Fifth place goes to Drew Brees followed by football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (6), with 49 million, and golfer Phil Mickelson (7), with 48.7 million.
Until the position eight, you have to wait for the first footballer, the Englishman David Beckham, with 47.2 million dollars ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (9), with 44 million and the Argentine Lionel Messi (10), with 41.3 million, first Latin American ranking.
The first Spaniard is Fernando Alonso, in 19th place, with total revenues of 30 million dollars, well ahead of Rafa Nadal (30), with 26.4 million, Paul Gasol (57), with 21.5 million, and Fernando Torres (72), with 20 million.
On a male-dominated list, three women passed this year, the three tennis players, the Russian Maria Sharapova, in 22nd place, with $29 million, the American Serena Williams (68), with 20.5 million, and the Chinese Li Na (85), with 18.2 million.
The U.S. contributes the most athletes, with 63 names, far from the four in the U.K., while the 100 have an average age of 32, with the largest golfer being Ernie Els, 43, and the youngest the Brazilian Neymar, aged 21.
Cristiano Ronaldo will always compete with Lionel Messi, not only in discussions about who is the best footballer today, since they also play in antagonistic teams, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, and even for which of them he occupies the first place as the highest-paid athlete.
However, 2016 was especially successful for the Portuguese, who have crowned champions of the UEFA Champions League, Euro 2016, and the Club World Cup, as well as the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Best award.
All of this, as well as his advertising contracts, allowed Cristiano to seize first place among the highest-paid athletes with $88.8 million in profit.
The second was Lionel Messi, who, despite not having had his best year in terms of sporting achievement, increased his fortune by $82 million.
Below are the rest of the highest-paid athletes this year.
3. Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers. Basketball. 77.2 $
4. Roger Federer, Tennis. 68 $
5. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors. Basketball. 56.27$
6. Novak Djokovic, Tennis. 55.6 $
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers. Football. 53.02 $
8. Phil Mickelson, Golf. 52.77 $
9. Jordan Spieth, Golf. 52.65 $
10. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers. Basketball. 49.8 $
11. Lewis Hamiton, Mercedes. F1. 45.91 $
12. Tiger Woods, Golf. 45.16 $
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants. Football. 45 $
14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens. Football. 44.5 $
15. Tom Brady, New England Patriots. Football. 44.4 $