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100 Highest-Paid Athlete Rankings Revealed; Who Is Number One?


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have released their list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Connor McGregor topping the list, with substantial endorsement deals and the sale of his Whiskey company Proper No. Twelvebeing major reasons for this result.

Earning a combined $USD4.2 billion (AUD$5.4 billion), the list of found $USD2.9 billion (AUD$3.7 billion) in earnings came from salaries and prizes, and the remainder from off-field deals like endorsements, memorabilia and licensing.

There were a total of 32 National Football League (NFL) players were ranked in the top 100, making the code the highest earner, closely followed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), with 31 players making the list.

The report “the gender pay gap remains massive” as Tennis’ Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams being the only females to make the list.

Osaka placed 15th, setting a female athlete record earning $USD55.2 million (AUD$71.2 million), while Williams broke the top 50, coming in at number 44 with $USD35.5 million (AUD$45.8 million).

Sportico reports that Tennis is still the best earner for female athletes, “thanks to the rich prize money in the sport that dwarfs playing salaries of other women’s sports.”

Other main inclusions in the top 10 were football’s Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, and basketball’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

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