Floyd Mayweather Falls Off Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes List Altogether

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Detroit was represented by four professionals on the latest Forbes list of the world's highest-paid athletes, led by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin's $39.1 million, which ranked 31st in the rankings. On No. 2 is Cristiano Ronaldo, with total earnings of $109 million. Like a year ago, he is the sole Indian representative and has been ranked 100th, in the list published by Forbs on June 11. Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m. The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year, when Mayweather was first with $285m.

Kyrie Irving is now the highest-paid athlete in Boston, earning a salary of $20.3 million and making $23 million in endorsements.

Forbes calculates the athletes' earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019. The American boxer's only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.

Through their results, the American business magazine has named Lionel Messi as the world's highest-paid athlete for the first time.

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The full 100-spot list can be viewed via this link.

Stars from the National Football League and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sixth on $89,5-million, just ahead of Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89,3-million). Also, he has left behind long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo by quite a margin.

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4m.

The remaining $4 million (around Rs 26.5 Crores) comes from the captain's salary and victories on the 22 yards.

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Griffin, 30, was acquired by the Pistons in January 2018 (along with his five-year, $173 million contract) in a six-player trade with the L.A. Clippers.

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