The pandemic has also remembered the world of sports, although not all have been affected in the same way. The ten highest paid athletes in the world have billed a gross income before taxes of 1.050 million dollars during the last 12 months, which represents an increase of 28% compared to the previous year.
The total posted is close to the record of $ 1.06 billion recorded in 2018 when boxer Floyd Mayweather earned $ 285 million, almost all from his showdown with Conor McGregor. Ironies of life, this year it is precisely McGregor who for the first time leads this classification.
The Irishman raised $ 180 million in the past 12 months - most of it coming from the sale of his majority stake in the Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand to Proximo Spirits for $ 150 million. It's not the first McGregor has appeared in the top 10 of the rankings: He landed at No. 4 with $ 99 million in 2018 after the Mayweather fight.
Adding up his endorsements, McGregor earned $ 158 million off his wrestling career in the past 12 months, becoming the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $ 70 million off the field in a single. year while still actively competing.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott also surpass $ 100 million in total earnings.
Below that figure is LeBron James with $ 96.5 million, a record for NBA players.
Taken together, the top 10 in the rankings earned a total of $ 512 million off the pitch, crushing the previous record of $ 407.5 million from 2020. However, this is not to say that Covid-19 is absent. invoiced to the income of athletes:
- Soccer players from many clubs, including Messi, saw their salaries cut.
- Major League Baseball salaries were prorated last year as the season was shortened to 60 games, down from 162 usual.
- In the NBA, two shortened seasons and empty stadiums led to changes in the league's agreement with players, meaning basketball player salaries will almost certainly end up being cut by 20% this season.
- But with athletes winning more than ever off the field, the fall is more of a nuisance than a disaster.
These are the 10 highest paid athletes in the world in 2021:
Conor McGregor (mixed martial arts): $ 180 million
Lionel Messi (footballer): 130 million
Cristiano Ronaldo (footballer): 120 million
Dak Prescott (football player): 107.5 million
LeBron James (basketball player): 96.5 million
Neymar (footballer): 95 million
Roger Federer (tennis player): 90 million
Lewis Hamilton (motorsports driver): 82 million
Tom Brady (football player): 76 million
Kevin Durant (basketball player): 75 million