Forbes on 10 June 2015 released the list of 2015 World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes. The list has been topped by Floyd Mayweather and the only Indian to figure in the list is Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The earnings were calculated based on athletes’ salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income between 1 June 2014 and 1 June 2015.
The list only includes athletes active during the given period.
Highlights of the list
• Floyd Mayweather tops the list for the second year in a row and third time in four years with 300 million US dollars. His win over Manny Pacquiao, in the historic match held on 3 May 2015 helped him to top the list. Mayweather earned 240 million US dollars through the match.
• Manny Pacquiao stood at the second position in the list with earnings up to 160 million US dollars.
• Real Madrid’s soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo stood at the 3rd position with 79.6 million US dollars.
• Barcelona’s soccer player Leonal Messi stood at the fourth position with 73.8 million US dollars.
• Switzerland’s Roger Federer became the highest earned tennis player with earnings up to 67 million US dollars.
• Brazilian soccer player Neymar (23 years) was the youngest player in the list with 31 million US dollars.
• Golf player Phil Mickelson (44 years) of USA was the oldest player in the list with 50.8 million US dollars.
• Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were the only women athletes in the list who stood at 26th and 47th position respectively in the list.
• The top 100 athletes earned a total of 3.2 billion US dollars over the last 12 months, which is a 17 percent increase from the previous year.
• The list consists of players from ten different sports. While, baseball players occupied 27 percent of the list, cricket and track and field both placed one athlete on the list.
• There are no hockey players on the list for a fourth straight year.
• The cutoff for the top 100 keeps rising and is now 18.8 million US dollars, up from 17.3 US million US dollars in 2014 and 16.4 million US dollars in 2013.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian and only cricketer in the list with earnings of 31 million US dollars. It includes 4 million US dollars from salary/winnings and 27 million US dollars from endorsements. Dhoni shared the 23rd position with Neymar in the list dropping a notch from his ranking of 22 in 2014.
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What: Released by Forbes
When: 10 June 2015