Saturday 14 December, 2019

Bolt comes in at 23 on Forbes sports list 2017

Forbes Magazine earlier today published its World’s Highest Paid Athletes for 2017,  which saw sprint king Usain Bolt at Number 23 out of a list of 100 athletes.

Bolt,  who will be making his last competitive appearance in Jamaica this Saturday at the JN Racers Grand Prix to be held in Kingston, is the only Caribbean athlete in the top 100.

According to Forbes, last year Bolt raked in US$34.2 million, which breaks down into winnings of US$2.2 million and endorsements of US$32 million.

The Jamaican’s phenomenal performances on the track added to his winning charisma has been a big draw for advertisers who want to align their brands with his wholesome personality and stunning achievements.

Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo heads up the list earning US$93 million last year. Three Europeans make up the top 5, which is dominated by footballers and basketball players.

The Top 5 are as follows:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – US$93 million  ( football)
2. LeBron James  - US$86 million ( basketball ) 
3. Lionel Messi – US$80 million ( football )
4. Rodger Federer – US $64 million ( tennis)
5 Kevin Durant – US$60.6 million (basketball )

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