Cristiano Ronaldo was named the highest athlete with the most paid in 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the highest athlete with the most paid in 2023. Cristiano Ronaldo, the famous football player, has been named the highest-earning athlete worldwide in Forbes’ annual rich list. He earned an incredible £109 million in the past year, thanks in part to his recent £175 million yearly deal with Al-Nassr, a Saudi Arabian team, which he signed in January at the age of 38.
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He has ascended to the pinnacle of Forbes’ list of the wealthiest athletes with a shrewd move that has paid off handsomely. This marks the third time he has occupied this coveted position, the last time being in 2017. He has amassed a staggering total income of $136 million (£109 million), making him the highest-paid footballer in history.
Forbes’ analysis shows that around $46 million (£37 million) of his earnings have been derived from his on-field activities, including his current contracts and a brief period of unemployment. In contrast, nearly twice that amount has been generated by his highly lucrative off-field endorsements.
Only three athletes in Forbes’ history – Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and Conor McGregor – have exceeded his off-field earnings of $90 million (£72 million) in a single year. Ronaldo leads the way, with his long-time rival Lionel Messi dropping to second place after leading the list last year.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has earned a total of $130 million (£104 million), with his on and off-field earnings evenly divided, matching his 2022 earnings. Kylian Mbappe, another football star and Messi’s teammate at PSG occupies the third spot, earning $120 million (£96 million) in the past 12 months, with $100 million (£80 million) of that coming from his on-field performance.
Mbappe earns the highest salary in world football at Parc des Princes, an astounding £63 million per year. He is the only athlete under 30 to make the list, and he is the youngest member of the top 10. LeBron James, a basketball icon who earns $119.5 million (£95 million), and boxing legend Canelo Alvarez, who earns $110 million (£88 million), round out the top earners.
Dustin Johnson, a renowned golfer, occupies the sixth spot on the list of highest-paid athletes, having amassed a total of $107 million (£86 million), out of which $102 million (£90 million) is attributed to his performance in competitions. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson follows closely in seventh place, having earned $106 million (£85 million).
Among the top earners in the world of sports, Stephen Curry, the point guard for the Golden State Warriors, stands at the eighth position with an impressive income of $100.4 million (£81 million). Roger Federer, the only tennis player to make the list, secures the ninth spot with a total earnings of $95.1 million (£76 million), of which a mere $100,000 (£80,000) comes from his on-court triumphs.
Despite having retired from professional tennis in September, Federer continues to generate substantial revenue through lucrative partnerships, including a recent deal with Oliver Peoples, a leading eyewear maker, to license his RF brand. Kevin Durant, a basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, closes the list at the third position with earnings of $89.1 million (£72 million). Forbes clarifies that the athletes’ on-field earnings encompass prizes, salaries, and bonuses accumulated between May.
Here’s the list of the world’s 10 highest-paid athletes according to Forbes as of 2023:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $136million (£109million)
2. Lionel Messi – $130million (£104million)
3. Kylian Mbappe – $120million (£96million)
4. LeBron James – $119.5million (£95million)
5. Canelo Alvarez – $110million (£88million)
6. Dustin Johnson – $107million (£86million)
7. Phil Mickelson – $106million (£85million)
8. Stephen Curry – $100.4million (£81million)
9. Roger Federer – $95.1million (£76million)
10. Kevin Durant – $89.1million (£72million)