Ten months into retirement, Usain Bolt has fallen to 45th on the Forbes list of highest-earning athletes for the year.
Bolt lies behind the likes of a certain other retired athlete in Floyd Mayweather, who despite calling it a day, earned US$275 million in salary from a fight against UFC star, Conor McGregor, along with US$10 million in endorsements.
Bolt’s placing at 45 represents a significant drop, with the athlete’s 2017 earnings putting him 23rd.
Second on the list of the top 100 earners, dominated by basketballers, is Barcelona and Argentina footballer, Lionel Messi, who earned US$111 million. Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns nearly twice as much as Messi from endorsements, followed closely on the Barcelona stars earnings, with US$108 million.
Conor McGregor (US$99 million) and Neymar (US$90 million) are next with Cleveland Cavaliers small forward, LeBron James at six with US$85 million.
Lewis Hamilton, chimes in at number 12 with US$51 million, right behind Golden States Warriors small forward, Kevin Durant (US$57.3 million).
Bolt, who has reported earnings of US$31 million, is in the ballpark with basketballers like Dwyane Wade, Klay Thompson, Paul Millsap and Chris Paul, however, Bolt’s wealth has come largely from endorsements, with just US$1 million coming from a salary.
Bolt is well ahead of athletes like Virat Kohli, who earned US$24 million. US$20 million of that has come from endorsements. Kohli’s earnings put him at 83rd on the list.
While Bolt’s fall in placing has been significant, the impact on his pocket hasn’t, with last year’s reported earnings coming up to US$34.2 million.
Source: Paul-Andre Walker|| MaxSports