American Forbes on Wednesday published a new ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. The top ranking for the first time rose Portuguese football player, three times winner of the “Golden ball”, UEFA, Cristiano Ronaldo, in 2015 held the third place. His income over the past 12 months, Forbes estimated at $88 million
A contract with real Madrid, which expires in 2018, Ronaldo brings more than $50 million a year. One of seven-digit bonuses the athlete receives, leading real Madrid to the championship in the UEFA Champions League in may. Another $32 million on the income from advertising contracts with Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Clear Shampoo and other brands. A five-year contract with Nike brings Ronaldo $13 million a year is the most expensive advertising contract, which the company had ever concluded with the athletes. He also has not expired six-year agreement for $40 million with billionaire Peter lim’s Meriton Capital, which owns XTrade and Turk Telecom. Ronaldo launches own line of clothes, shoes, lingerie and fragrances and plans to open a chain of own hotels under the brand name CR7. According to sports portal Hookit, the active presence of Ronaldo in social networks has brought its sponsors a total of $175 million, writes Forbes. The number of his followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter surpasses 215 million people. Last year, the footballer posted on social networks 255 of advertising posts.
For Ronaldo rating should be Argentine footballer Lionel Messi. According to Forbes, the forward of “Barcelona”, held in 2015, ranking fourth place for the year increased your income from $73,8 million to $81.4 million of this amount, $53.4 million was spent on salary and bonuses, another $28 million in revenue from advertising contracts with Adidas (worth more than $10 million), Samsung, Huawei, Tata Motors, PepsiCo, Gillette and Electronic Arts. Last year, Messi extended his contract with Barcelona with the increase of us $9 million now and up to 2018 will receive at least $50 million a year.
Third place among the most highly paid athletes is a basketball player “Cleveland Cavaliers” LeBron James. His income over the last 12 months the magazine estimated at $77.2 million, of which $23.2 million — at the Playground, $54 million on advertising contracts. In 2015, the salary of the player amounted to only $10 million At the end of 2015, the company Nike signed James to a life contract. Financial terms of the deal with the athlete were not disclosed, but, according to the American sports channel ESPN, the contract amount exceeded $300 million.
Highest rated 2015 American boxer Floyd Mayweather, and his rival, the Filipino Manny Pacquiao this time significantly lost their income. Meyvezera earnings fell from $300 million to $44 million (16th place), and Pacquiao’s c $160 million to $24 million (63rd place). Both fighters recently completed a career.
Tennis player Roger Federer was the highest-paid athlete, representing individual sports. His income is estimated at $67.8 million, $60 million of which occur in the contracts for participation in public events and advertising leading global brands, including Nike, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Credit Suisse. In 2012 the Swiss for the seventh time won at Wimbledon, securing the 17th title of Grand slam tournaments. Federer also earned a few million by taking part in the matches of the Indian Premier tennis League in December.
Among the included in the rating women’s income decreased by only tennis players Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, and for the first time in 12 years, the American walked the Russian through new advertising contracts and a reward for winning three tournaments of the Grand slam of 2015 in Australia, France and Wimbledon. In early March, Sharapova said that in her doping sample taken during the Australian Open 2016, was discovered Smoking Meldonium. After the statement of the athletes, some foreign companies, including Nike, TAG Heuer and Porsche, has suspended the prisoners with her advertising contracts. On 8 June the international tennis Federation Sharapova was disqualified for two years for doping. Russian woman intends to appeal the decision. According to Forbes, Williams has earned during the reporting period of $28.9 million (40th place), Sharapova — $21.9 million (88th place), $8 million than a year earlier.
The youngest participant was 22-year-old American golfer Jordan spieth, who earned for the year of $52.8 million (it is the 9th position in the rating). Of this amount, $32 million fall in advertising contracts.
During the reporting period, from 1 June 2015 to 1 June 2016, 100 rating participants earned a total of $3.15 billion, and income from participation in social events and advertising accounted for 29% of that amount, says Forbes. One hundred athletes in the ranking are 23 countries and ten sports: football, basketball, Golf, baseball, American football, tennis, Boxing, racing, athletics and martial arts MMA. Dominated the ranking of baseball players — 26 persons, the second place — American football (21 athletes). The highest ranking U.S. athletes — 65 people. In the ranking of the 12 members of the football clubs in Europe. In addition to occupying the first two lines of Ronaldo and Messi, the rating includes Brazilian striker “Barcelona” Neymar ($37.5 million), football player of Paris Saint-Germain Zlatan ibrahimović ($37.4 million), the player Madrid “real” Gareth bale ($35.9 million).
To the income of the Forbes considers salaries, prize money and remuneration (bonuses). To the media on advertising contracts publishing refers to money received from sponsors, the rewards for participating in activities and revenues from licensing agreements; this is an estimated amount which is based on information from sport insiders. The amount of annual income does not account for the payment of taxes and the Agency fee and does not include profits from investments in different assets and instruments.