Lewis Hamilton, Gareth Bale, and Conor McGregor all feature from the world of sport in the elite list of the 20 highest-paid European celebrities. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the only Premier League star in top 20; but who comes in the top 10?
10. Usain Bolt –£25.9m
The retired Jamaican sprinter comes 10th. He is the first person to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. The fastest man in history was in a confident mood last year earning £25.9m.
9. Fernando Alonso –£27.3m
Alonso is one of the most accomplished drivers in F1 history, but he’s finished 17th and 10th in the final driver standings during his first two years with McLaren-Honda. He banks more than £25m annually on the track from his three-year deal.
8. Neymar Jr. –£28m
With his salary, the Brazilian superstar incredibly moved from the 18th place from last year to 8th now. He has also secured his place into the next decade with his long-term commercial endorsements. The 25-year old is the only footballer to earn more off than on the pitch.
7. Novak Djokovic –£28.5m
After winning six of eight Grand Slam events between 2014 and 2016, Djokovic has failed to raise the winner’s trophy in four straight Slam events. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who’s ranked No. 7, is currently 2nd highest-paid tennis player in the world.
6. Sebastian Vettel –£29m
After four straight F1 World Championships between 2010 and 2013, Vettel has finished well behind the champion driving for Ferrari the past two years. He failed to win a race last year, but he got off to a hot start in 2017 winning three of the first six races to shoot to the top of the F1 standings.
5. Lewis Hamilton –£34m
Hamilton won 10 F1 races during 2016 but was narrowly edged out for the World Championship by teammate Nico Rosberg. The Formula One driver is the only Englishman on the list, earning £34m.
4. Rory McIlroy –£37m
McIlroy won two events during the PGA Tour playoffs, including the Tour Championship, to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that comes with the trophy. The eight-figure check pushed his on-course earnings to $16 million between June 2016 and June 2017.
3. Roger Federer –£48m
Roger Federer comes in at No 3 having taken £48m in the last 12 month. Federer was sidelined for the second half of 2016 recovering from a knee injury but returned to the court with a flourish in 2017.
2. Lionel Messi –£60m
Messi scored La Liga-high 53 goals and assisted on 16 more in 52 club appearances this past season and is due for an extension with Barcelona. The Argentine forward notably rejected the first offer but the one-club man has insisted he wants to remain at Camp Nou.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo –£70m
Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest sports personality in the world, according to the latest Forbes’ Rich List. The Real Madrid striker has earned an incredible £70million in the last year, along with picking up another Champions League medal and becoming the inaugural winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
In fact, such as the Portuguese star’s wealth, he is only £1m short of being the most wealthy celebrity on the continent, with Harry Potter author JK Rowling earning £71m.