Unveiling the Champions: Top-Earning Athletes in 2024

Top-Earning Athletes in 2024 | GSB

The world’s Top-Earning Athletes list, according to the latest Forbes ranking, reveals Ronaldo remains at the top. This legendary footballer, who previously held the FIFA World Player of the Year title, who was once named FIFA World Player of the Year, made an amazing $260 million a year from his deal with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. From the $124 million he made the year before, this is a big increase.

A Surprise Contender Takes Second Place

Jon Rahm, the Spanish golfer who plays in the Saudi Arabia-supported LIV Golf league, has surprisingly taken second place with a total of $218 million inclusive of sponsorships. Lionel Messi currently at Inter Miami in America closely follows Rahm with $135 Million in third position—this shows how far apart the two top earners are.

African Stars Shine Bright

Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian star player for Liverpool, is ranked 38th and is Africa’s best-paid footballer, having made about $53 million. He is also the seventh-best-paid soccer player in the world. In addition, Sadio Mané, another great African player, makes it to this list in 40th place, having made a total of $52 million so far. This shows that Africa is becoming an increasing presence in world football.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes (Forbes 2024)

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football, $260 million)
  2. Jon Rahm (Golf, $218 million)
  3. Lionel Messi (Football, $135 million)
  4. LeBron James (Basketball, $128.2 million)
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball, $111 million)
  6. Kylian Mbappé (Football, $110 million)
  7. Neymar (Football, $108 million)
  8. Karim Benzema (Football, $106 million)
  9. Stephen Curry (Basketball, $102 million)
  10. Lamar Jackson (American Football, $100.5 million)

Top 8 Highest-Paid Football Players (Forbes 2024)

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): $260 million
  2. Lionel Messi (Argentina): $135 million
  3. Kylian Mbappé (France): $110 million
  4. Neymar (Brazil): $108 million
  5. Karim Benzema (France): $106 million
  6. Erling Haaland (Norway): $61 million
  7. Mohamed Salah (Egypt):$53 million
  8. Sadio Mané (Senegal):$52 million