The 10 Highest Paid Athletes Of 2017 Will Make You Feel Excellent About Your Career Trajectory

By 06.07.17

Can you believe that over the past 12 months, the New England Patriots have paid their five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback just $764,705 like a poor person? Brady’s earnings dropped him out of the Forbes Top 10 Highest Paid Athlete List this year, but he sure made the list in 2016 with that fat $28 million signing bonus last March.

World-class athletes like Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather, Peyton Manning, David Ortiz have taken a deep fall from grace (relatively speaking) in the financial sector, as retirement tends to do.

Forbes has released its annual list of highest paid athletes just to make us feel awful about your cube-monkey wages. Oh, just me? Great. You can head over to Forbes for the entire list or just get hung up on how much the top-10 earning athletes make below.

As Complex points out, due to the new collective bargaining agreement, six of the 10 youngest earners in the top 100 are basketball players, with the youngest being Washington’s Bradley Beal, making the list at the tender age of 23.

Basketball players dominated the top of the list from top to bottom, with seven different NBA players (LeBron, Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, and Dwyane Wade) all finishing in the top 20 for the year.

The top 100 athletes are a boys’ club more than ever before. Serena Williams (No. 51, $27 million) is the lone female athlete to make the cut this year.

As an intramural basketball champion, I am featured on the list as #4,919,210. Come at me.

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[h/t Forbes]


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