Who would know that playing sports could make you a millionaire or even a billionaire? Forbes has released a list of highest paid athletes as of June 5, 2018. So below are the people who are on the list.

1. Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxing promoter and a former professional boxer. He was born on February 24, 1997, and currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a record of 50 wins and 0 defeat, ranking him as the second highest undefeated boxer next to Ricardo Lopez in the modern streak era of boxing. It is his fourth time already for ranking as the top highest paid athlete for the past seven years. His earnings reached up to $1 billion after his fight with the biggest star in UFC, McGregor, making him as the only athlete who earns 10-figures aside from Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

Aside from his salary and winnings in boxing, he also has $10 million endorsements with Hublot and Tequila Avion. Hublot released a hundred pieces of limited edition watch with a price of $28,300 and ten of Mayweather timepiece with a price of $93,700. In a span of ten years, Mayweather remained as the number 1 twice on the list as the number one fighter of all time, pound for pound, and as the greatest welterweight ranked by the sporting news and boxing websites like The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports and was also ranked as the greatest boxer for the last 25 years by the ESPN.

Achievements
  • Multiple world title holder in five weight classes
  • Two-time winner of The Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007)
  • Three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015)
  • Six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014)
  • 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO), 23 wins (9 KOs) in lineal title fights, 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists, 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 2 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees.

2. Lionel Messi

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Born on June 24, 1987, and was raised in Argentina, Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional football player. He plays forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentine national team. He is the highest paid football athlete with an annual salary of $84 million and an endorsement of $27 million deal with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Ooredoo, Huawei, and Hawkers. A theme park, Messi Experience Park is also about to open in 2020 located in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Lionel Messi was about to retire last 2016 but decided to continue his contract which led his country to the 2018 World Cup.

Achievements
  • Top scoring player in the Top 5 European Leagues with 45 goals in all competitions.
  • Won 32 trophies a 9 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, and 6 Copas del Rey.
  • Holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (383), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (26), as well as those for most assists in La Liga (149) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 600 senior career goals for the club and country.
  • Won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins at the age 22

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a European Portuguese soccer athlete born on February 5, 1985, in the Portuguese island of Madeira. He has a salary of $61 million and an endorsement of $47 million with Electronic Arts, Herbalife, and Nike. He was considered as the most expensive association football transfer with a prize of €94 million when he was moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United. With 322 million social media followers, Ronaldo was also considered as the most popular athlete in the whole world.

Achievements
  • The first player to win four European Golden Shoes.
  • Won 26 trophies in his career, including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship
  • Holds the records for most official goals scored in Europe’s top-five leagues (395), the UEFA Champions League (120), the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the UEFA Champions League (34) and the UEFA European Championship (6). Scored over 650 senior career goals for the club and country.

4. Conor McGregor

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An Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer, Conor Anthony McGregor is on the fourth place in the list with a $99 million salary including the 14 million from his endorsement and partners with Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile, and Betsafe. After his fight with Mayweather, his top paycheck was multiplied five times. During the fight, the PPV reached up to 4.3 million and a $550 million total revenue.

Achievements
  • Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion
  • Third on the list of UFC’s pound for pound ranking.
  • Won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships
  • Defeated José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout thirteen seconds into the first round, which is the fastest victory in UFC title fight history
  • Became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.

5. Neymar

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior or commonly known as Neymar Jr. is a Brazillian football forward player for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He was born on February 5, 1992. He has a total salary of $90 million with $17 million from his endorsements and global sponsors Nike, Red Bull, Gillette, McDonald’s, and Beats by Dre. The swoosh made a custom Air Jordan sneakers for him, making him the first ever soccer player to have this. He was also considered as the world’s most expensive player worth of €222 million upon moving him from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Achievements
  • Twice named as the South American Footballer of the Year
  • Won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League in the 2014–15 season
  • Fourth-highest goal scorer for his national team

Followed by LeBron James, Roger Federer, Stephen Curry, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford completing the top 10 of the list.

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