The 20 Highest-Paid Athletes Of All Time

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Sport - Boxing

Country - Philippines

Earnings - $490 million (all figures are in US dollars according to Forbes)

 

 

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya

Sport - Boxing

Country - USA/Mexico

Earnings - $510 million



Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

Sport - Car Racing (NASCAR)

Country - USA

Earnings - $515 million

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Sport - Football (soccer)

Country - Argentina

Earnings - $520 million



Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Sport - Baseball

Country - USA

Earnings - $600 million

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Sport - Tennis

Country - Switzerland

Earnings - $600 million



Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo

Sport - Football (soccer)

Country - Portugal

Earnings - $620 million

In 2016, Ronaldo was Forbes' highest paid athlete for the year.

LeBron James

LeBron James

Sport - Basketball

Country - USA

Earnings - $640 million



Greg Norman

Greg Norman

Sport - Golf

Country - Australia

Earnings - $680 million

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Sport - Boxing

Country - USA

Earnings - $685 million

We'd probably cringe if we got to hear how much he has left....



Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Sport - Basketball

Country - USA

Earnings - $700 million

David Beckham

David Beckham

Sport - Football (soccer)

Country - England

Earnings - $730 million



Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Sport - Golf

Country - USA

Earnings - $760 million

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Sport - Boxing

Country - USA

Earnings - $765 million



Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Sport - Basketball

Country - USA

Earnings - $770 million

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Sport - Car Racing (Formula One)

Country - Germany

Earnings - $1 billion



Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus

Sport - Golf

Country - USA

Earnings - $1.15 billion

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Sport - Golf

Country - USA

Earnings - $1.35 billion

RIP



Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Sport - Golf

Country - USA

Earnings - $1.65 billion

Analysts suggest that this guy would be sitting firmly atop the heap had it not been for what Foxsports called a "mid-career crisis" (you know what we're talking about). Forbes tell us that, if figures are not adjusted or inflation, Woods comes out on top. However, there's really only one person left that it even could be....

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Sport - Basketball

Country - USA

Earnings - $1.7 billion

Let's be honest, if you don't know who he is then you aren't reading this list.

And yes, the top 20 highest-paid sports people of all-time are dudes....