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The 30 best paid athletes in the world

Forbes' sports rich list highlights the mega riches the world's top sportsman earn.

According to Fobes, the top 100 best paid athletes across the globle took home a massive $3.8 billion (£2.84 billion) between them in the 12 months to the start of June. 

This represents a 23% increase on the previous year and serves as a remind of the potential rewards on offer as the world's top footballers prepare for the Russia World cup. 

Athletes from 11 sports and 23 countries made the cut, which takes into account salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

We highlight the top 30 from the list. 

 

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According to Fobes, the top 100 best paid athletes across the globle took home a massive $3.8 billion (£2.84 billion) between them in the 12 months to the start of June. 

This represents a 23% increase on the previous year and serves as a remind of the potential rewards on offer as the world's top footballers prepare for the Russia World cup. 

Athletes from 11 sports and 23 countries made the cut, which takes into account salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

We highlight the top 30 from the list. 

 

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30. Blake Griffin: $35.5 million 

Basketball (US) 

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29. Kyrie Irving: $36.1 million 

Basketball (US)

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28. Jimmy Garoppolo: $36.2 million

Football (US)

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27. Trumaine Johnson: $37 million

Football (US)

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26. Rory McIlroy: $37.7 million

Golf (UK)

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25. Anthony Joshua: $39 million

Boxing (UK)

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24. Damian Lillard: $39.2 million

Basketball (US)

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23. Jordan Spieth: $41.2 million

Golf (US)

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22. Phil Mickelson: $41.3 million

Golf (US)

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20. Alex Smith: $41.4 million

Football (US)

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20. Rafael Nadal: $41.4 million

Tennis (Spain)

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19. Derek Carr: $42.1 million

Football (US)

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18. Sebastian Vettel: $42.3 million

Motor acing (Germany)

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17. Drew Brees: $42.9 million

Football (US)

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16. Tiger Woods: $43.3 million

Golf, US

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15. Canelo Alvarez: $44.5 million

Boxing (Mexico)

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14. James Harden: $46.4 million

Basketball (US)

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13. Russell Westbrook: $47.6 million

Basketball (US)

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12. Lewis Hamilton: $51 million

Motor racing (UK)

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11. Kevin Durant: $57.3 million

Basketball US

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10. Matthew Stafford: $59.5 million

Football (US)

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9. Matt Ryan: $67.3 million

Football US

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8. Stephen Curry: $76.9 million

Basketball (US)

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7. Roger Federer: $77.2 million

Tennis (Switzerland)

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6. LeBron James: $85.5 million

Basketball (US)

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5. Neymar: $90 million

Soccer (Brazil)

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4. Conor McGregor: $99 million

MMA (Ireland)

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $108 million

Soccer (Portugal)

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2. Lionel Messi: $111 million

Soccer (Argentina)

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1. Floyd Mayweather: $285 million

Boxing (US)

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