Highest-Paid Athletes Of The Decade 2010-2020

Forbes magazine has been publishing lists of the highest-paid athletes since 1990. Here is a combined list created by Forbes to determine the highest paid athletes of the decade from 2010 to 2020. Total earnings are calculated based on money derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and licensing income. See also our analysis of the World's Highest Paid Athletes for 1990-2010 (Michael Jordan was on top), and the Forbes highest paid athlete of all time (which was also Michael Jordan in 2017).

Floyd Mayweather is the Highest of the Highest Paid

In the decade from 2010, boxer Floyd Mayweather had the highest earnings, some big feature fight paydays helping his cause. Mayweather topped the annual list in four of those years, in 2018, 2015, 2014 and 2012. The football superstars Ronaldo and Messi are next in ther highest paid of the decade.

1. Floyd Mayweather (boxing) $915 million USD
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Association football) $800 million
3. Lionel Messi (Association football) $750 million
4. LeBron James (basketball) $680 million
5. Roger Federer (tennis) $640 million
6. Tiger Woods (golf) $615 million
7. Phil Mickelson (golf) $480 million
8. Manny Pacquiao (boxing) $435 million
9. Kevin Durant (basketball) $425 million
10. Lewis Hamilton (motorsports) $400 million

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