There are still plenty of athletes earning big bucks. The top earner for 2023 was one of the biggest names in football Cristiano Ronaldo with earnings totaling 136 million US dollars. Lionel Messi, who was top last year, was in second place.
See also the Forbes top-earning lists from other years.
Below is the top-10 of the highest earning sportspeople for 2023, taken from the annual list of highest-paid athletes published by Forbes magazine in June 2023.
Top-10 Highest Earning Sports people from 2023
|Rank||Name||Sport||Nationality||Earnings* ($ million)||Previous Year|
* note: The earnings totals (in US dollars) are derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing and endorsement income in the 12 months from May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023. Taxes or agents' fees are not factored into the figures.