Usain Bolt Ranked 73rd In Earnings
Usain Bolt from right here in the parish of Trelawny, is now ranked 73 on the Forbes List of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. The fastest man in the history of the world, is the only track athlete on the list. Bolt has had a quiet year, being absent from the track most of the season.
Almost No Earning From the Track
This was reflected in his earnings. Only US$15,000 of his earnings was from winnings. His earnings from endorsements was US$21 million. Last year, Bolt was ranked 45.
The Sherwood Content native and William Knibb Memorial High School old boy is now revving up his preparation for the 2015 World Championship. In his absence, Justin Gatlin of the USA has been consistently posting great times, preparing the way for a mouth watering World Championship.
Getting back to the list, there was also only one cricketer on the list. Mahendra Singh Dhoni from India did quite well at 23. His earnings from playing $4 million was dwarfed by endorsements, which stood at $27 million.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came it at numbers 1 and 2 respectively with $300 million and $160 million respectively, but the list was dominated by the ‘American’ sports followed by soccer.
Baseball, the 1 Sport
Baseball had the highest number in the top 100. There were 27 baseball players on the list, although the highest ranking was 19 John Lester, with $35 million.
Basketball followed with 18 persons, including three (Lebron James, Kevin Durrant and Kobe Bryant) in the top 10.
Football was close behind with 16 in the top 100m with the highest ranked being Ben Roethlisberger at 11, with $48.90 million.
Soccer (we call it football in this side of the world) had 15 athletes on the Forbes top 100 Highest Paid Athletes List. This includes 3 ranked Christiano Ronaldo with earnings of $79.6 million. Not far behind is Lionel Messi at number 4, with net earnings of $73.8 million.
Highest Ranked Woman
The highest ranked woman was tennis player, Maria Sharapova who came it at number 26, with $29.7 million.
Forbes List of Highest-Paid Athletes
The Forbes List of Highest-Paid Athletes is a publication from Forbes Magazine. it is highly respected as it is based on the earnings of athletes from all sports worldwide.