7 most paid athletes of 2016.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Total Earnings: $88 million

Salary/Bonuses: $56 million

Endorsements: $32 million

The three-time FIFA player of the year is the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time. Ronaldo’s Real contract worth over $50 million a year in salary and bonus runs through 2018 and his Nike agreement is the richest endorsement deal in the sport. Ronaldo is the world’s most popular athlete with 215 million social media followers.

 

 
2. Lionel Messi

Total Earnings: $81.4 million

Salary/Bonuses: $53.4 million

Endorsements: $28 million

The reigning Ballon d’Or winner holds records for goals for Barcelona, goals in a calendar year and hat tricks. Messi’s playing contract is loaded with bonuses for such feats, which help make him one of the highest-paid on the pitch. Main sponsor Adidas capitalize on their superstar with its Messi-icon line of shoes and apparel.

 

 
3. LeBron James

Total Earnings: $77.2 million

Salary/Bonuses: $23.2 million

Endorsements: $54 million

Nike signed James to the first lifetime contract in the company’s 44-year history at the end of 2015. Sales of James’ signature shoes are down over the past 12 months, but if sales rebound and James can move product after his NBA days are over, the contract will likely pay out more than $1 billion. King James is set to star in the sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan movie-vehicle Space Jam.

 

 
4. Roger Federer

Total Earnings: $67.8 million

Prize Money: $7.8 million

Endorsements: $60 million

It has been four years since Federer captured his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2012, but he remains the top player off the court with $60 million in earnings from endorsements and appearance fees. His endorsement portfolio is filled with long-term deals with blue-chip companies like Nike, Rolex. Mercedes-Benz and Credit Suisse

 

 
5. Kevin Durant

Total Earnings: $56.2 million

Salary/Bonuses: $20.2 million

Endorsements: $36 million

Durant’s  27.4 career points per game average is the best among active players and third all-time. The four-time scoring champ launched his own underwear line last year in partnership with Neff and Foot Locker. Durant’s money deal though is with Nike, which signed Durant to an extension in 2014 worth as much as $300 million over 10 years.

 

 
6. Novak Djokovic

Total Earnings: $55.8 million

Prize Money: $21.8 million

Endorsements: $34 million

Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam and became the first tennis player to win more than $100 million in carer prize money at the French Open this year. In 2015, Djokovic was the first player to ever earn $20 million in prize money in a season. His three Grand Slam titles in 2015 and year-end No. 1 ranking also kicked in valuable bonuses from sponsors.

 

 
7. Cam Newton

Total Earnings: $53.1 million

Salary/Bonuses: $41.1 million

Endorsements: $12 million

Newton became the new face of the NFL during the 2015 season when he won the MVP award in runaway fashion with 48 of the 50 votes. He signed a new contract with the Panthers in June 2015 worth $103.8 million over five years. Under Armour extended its deal with Newton in 2015 and made him their top-paid NFL endorser. His UA Highlight cleat was the best selling in 2015.

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