Athletes ranked by earnings from salary and endorsements worldwide in 2017/18 (in million U.S. dollars)*

World's highest paid athletes 2017/18 The statistic shows the 10 highest-paid athletes worldwide in 2017/18. The basketball player LeBron James ranked sixth with a salary of 33.5 million U.S. dollars and endorsement deals worth another 52 million U.S. dollars.
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Salary/WinningsEndorsements
Floyd Mayweather (boxing)27510
Lionel Messi (soccer)8427
Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer)6147
Conor McGregor (mixed martial arts)8514
Neymar (soccer)7317
LeBron James (basketball)33.552
Roger Federer (tennis)12.265
Stephen Curry (basketball)34.942
Matt Ryan (football)62.35
Matthew Stafford (football)57.52
Salary/WinningsEndorsements
Floyd Mayweather (boxing)27510
Lionel Messi (soccer)8427
Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer)6147
Conor McGregor (mixed martial arts)8514
Neymar (soccer)7317
LeBron James (basketball)33.552
Roger Federer (tennis)12.265
Stephen Curry (basketball)34.942
Matt Ryan (football)62.35
Matthew Stafford (football)57.52
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The statistic shows the 10 highest-paid athletes worldwide in 2017/18. The basketball player LeBron James ranked sixth with a salary of 33.5 million U.S. dollars and endorsement deals worth another 52 million U.S. dollars.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2017/18
Supplementary notes
* Salary includes earnings derived from play on the field, court, track, ring or course, including any prize money won and bonuses.
Endorsements includes any money made off-field. It includes appearance fees, sponsorships and any other income made while not directly engaging in sport.

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