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10 Highest-Paid Athletes of All Time

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Sportico released a chart of the highest-paid athletes of all time on Thursday. Here’s a look at the top 10.

1. Michael Jordan, $2.62 billion

2. Tiger Woods, $2.1 billion

3. Arnold Palmer, $1.5 billion

4. Jack Nicklaus, $1.38 billion

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $1.24 billion

6. Floyd Mayweather, $1.2 billion

7. LeBron James, $1.17 billion

8. Lionel Messi, $1.14 billion

9. Michael Schumacher, $1.13 billion

10. Roger Federer, $1.12 billion

While expected, it’s fascinating that the NFL, clearly the dominant league in the US, doesn’t have a single player in the top 10.

Second, it’s worth watching how high LeBron James rises on this list. I’d expect him to exceed $1.17 significantly. Sadly.

There will never be a boxer who matches Mayweather’s wealth and success. Mayweather didn’t open a door for fighters to make more money. He quickly closed it after he entered.

Because Mayweather never put over — in wrestling terms — younger fighters, boxing lost its mainstream appeal when Mayweather retired. Mayweather made over $1 billion, in part, from pay-per-views sales, a strategy on which few boxers can now capitalize.

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Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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