Fifty athletes, eight sports, fifteen nationalities, entry threshold $45.2 million: Here are the insane numbers for the ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2023.
The world’s 50 highest-paid athletes had their best year ever, earning nearly 3.5000000000 During the past 12 months (before taxes and agent fees). This represents a significant jump of 16% compared to 2022, which itself was a record year.
The numbers are amazing, both at the top and bottom of the leaderboard. Here’s everything you need to know about these record gains.
Enter Cristiano Ronaldo Over the past 12 months, he has made it to the top of the overall standings for the year. Moreover, this is a new record for a football player, the previous one was $ 130 million (Lionel Messi in 2022 and 2021). The Portuguese star gathered around her $90 million in sports income, making him the fourth athlete to reach this point, after Roger Federer (five times), Tiger Woods (three times), and Conor McGregor (Once, in 2021, after selling his whiskey brand, Proper No. 12).
This is the total non-sports income earned by the 50 athletes in the standings this year, in particular thanks to the group sponsors and their other commercial activities. That total exceeds last year’s all-time high of $1.06 billion. six athletes (Roger FedererAnd Cristiano RonaldoAnd LeBron JamesAnd Lionel MessiAnd Tiger wood and Stephen Curry) crossing the threshold to enter the top 50 with only their non-sports income.
This is the amount earned by the world’s 50 highest-paid athletes through their salaries, bonuses, and awards. That’s also a record, up a staggering 24% from last year’s $1.91 billion. Steady increases in media rights have increased revenue for leagues like the NBA and NFL, which then flows into players’ salaries. Meanwhile, LIV Golf has offered huge bonuses to lure golf stars out of the PGA Tour. Forbes You’d think all seven of these year’s top 50 golfers would have won together $499 million in sports income for the past 12 months.
This is the minimum ranking among the 50 highest paid athletes in the world, and this threshold was set by an American football player Tom Bradywho recently retired. This is an absolute record, with the $37.6 million threshold set in 2022 being crossed. It’s also double the $22.7 million in 2014.
That’s how many athletes are in the top 50 this year who weren’t last year. This includes 11 newcomers: Cameron Smith, Brooks Kupka, Kyler Murray, Bryson Dechambeau, John Rahm, Patrick Reid, Erling Haaland, Orlando Brown Jr., Luka Doncic, Scotty Scheffler and Sergio García. The arrangement is always highly renewed, particularly because NFL contracts generally stipulate that a large portion of their value be paid in signing bonuses. For example, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback, Matthew Staffordwas at 13H place in the ranking in 2022 with a total $72.3 million. However, since his $60 million signing bonus for 2023 no longer counts, his athletic earnings have fallen to $27.5 million in the past 12 months, keeping him out of the league.
A total of eight sports are represented in the ranking. It leads the NBA with 15 athletes, although that number is down from 18 athletes in 2022. The big winner is golf, which has 12 athletes in the rankings this year, compared to three a year ago, thanks to important initial guarantees given by LIV Golf Powered by Saudi Arabia. Football (ten athletes), soccer (six athletes), boxing (two players), Formula 1 (two players), tennis (two players), and baseball (one athlete) complete the ranking. Other sports, such as cricket, hockey and NASCAR, do not have athletes in the top 50.
This is the age of the youngest athlete in the ranking, the Manchester City striker Erling Halland. Sixteen of the top 50 members are under the age of 30, but only five are 25 or younger. The average age is 33 years.
This is the age of the oldest athlete on the list, Phil Mickelson, who, at the time of Erling Haaland’s birth in 2000, had been a professional golfer for eight years. Six members of the ranking are over 40 years old, including Tom Brady, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who have recently retired.
A total of 15 countries are represented in the ranking. The United States is the country with the most athletes in the top 50 (33 athletes). The United Kingdom (Rory McIlroy, Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua) and Spain (John Rahm and Sergio García) are the only other countries with more than one athlete in the ranking.
Total winnings Serena Williams Over 12 months made her the only woman to ever get into the top 50. Naomi Osaka, another tennis player, has been sidelined for most of the past year due to injuries and a pregnancy, which has reduced her earning potential after two consecutive years to more than $50 million. Since serena williams published an article in Vogue magazine In August that was widely interpreted as a retirement announcement, she hinted that she might return to tennis at some point in the future, but assuming she does indeed put her racket down for good, she will fade from the rankings next year, along with recently retired Tom Brady and Roger Federer.
This is the number of athletes who have exceeded $100 million In total earnings over the past 12 months: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, LeBron James, Canelo Alvarez, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Stephen Curry. No previous version of the rankings counted more than four athletes with incomes of more than $100 million, and in 33 years, Forbes Counting sports income, only seven others have achieved this feat while still being active in their sport: Roger Federer, Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor, Neymar, Manny Pacquiao, Dak Prescott and Tiger Woods.
This is the number of consecutive years through it Tiger wood He was the highest-paid golfer in the world before falling behind Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy in this year’s rankings. However, Tiger Woods is still in great shape: despite winning only $59,560 in prize money in the past 12 months, he took home $15 million from the PGA Tour’s Player Impact and brought his total income to $75.1 million.
And among the 50 highest-paid athletes, he is Roger Federer Which has the lowest sports income, and the only competition in the past 12 months was the Laver Cup in September. Tiger Woods has made less money than Federer ($59,560 only), but his $15 million bonus from the Player Impact Program on the PGA Tour is sporting revenue. However, as Federer prepares to retire, he continues to earn more than anyone else in the world rankings thanks to sponsorship deals and other business activities: no less than $95 million during the past 12 months.
This is the total earnings over the 12 months from Russell Westbrook. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard is finishing up his NBA career while working tirelessly to build a business empire. Forbes His net worth is now estimated at 375 million dollars. He says, “I want to be a billionaire.” ” Sooner or later. “
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Brett Knight
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