Who Are the World’s Top-Paid Athletes?

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

It’s no secret that athletes make a lot of money. But, in the world of sports, there are athletes who make an extremely excessive amount of money, ranking them at the top of the highest-paid list.

Here are the top five athletes who make the most money in the world of sports.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather Jr. is worth around $73.5 million as the king of American boxing. As a five-division world champion, he has won eight world titles. It’s safe to say he is overly prepared for his retirement, which is rumored to happen soon. After all, his nick name is “money.”

2. Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is a Portuguese football player who plays in La Liga. He makes about $50 million, minus endorsement deals. Right now, Ronaldo is nursing a hamstring injury and will not be playing in Wednesday’s matchup against Barcelona.

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Messi also plays in La Liga for Ronaldo’s rival, FC Barcelona. Messi is worth about $50 million and recently he has been the subject of criticism for failing to live up to expectations in the past couple of games.

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

This famous NFL QB is worth around $40 million. His most recent gig outside of football is a movie role with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. In the movie, the two actors are working out in a gym when they run into Rodgers. The scene is supposed to become comical when Rogen confuses Rodgers for Peyton Manning and calls him the guy from the State Farm commercials.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic is a Swedish football player who plays for Ligue 1. He is worth $35 million as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain. He is also the captain of the Swedish national team.

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