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LeBron James may be the best basketball player on the planet, but he’s number-two in a more easily measured category. He’s the world’s second highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes.

LeBron’s estimated earnings in the past year, comprising salary and endorsements, total $86 million, behind soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo‘s $93 million. Here’s the whole Top 10:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $93 million
  2. LeBron James (basketball): $86 million
  3. Lionel Messi (soccer): $80 million
  4. Roger Federer (tennis): $64 million
  5. Kevin Durant (basketball): $60.6 million
  6. Andrew Luck (football): $50 million
  7. Rory McIlroy (golf) $50 million
  8. Stephen Curry (basketball) $47.3 million
  9. James Harden (basketball) $46.6 million
  10. Lewis Hamilton (auto racing) $46 million

The only woman in the Top 100 is tennis great Serena Williams, who’s tied for 51st with $27 million.

Fasho Thoughts:

  • Clearly basketball offers a lot of endorsement potential with all the focus on shoes.
  • Steph Curry is way behind ‘Bron, but I think he’ll take the ring instead.
  • It’s amazing that no other women could even crack the list. Not Carli Lloyd, not Simone Biles, not even Venus Williams.
  • Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is at number-17 even though his actual tournament winnings were only about $100,000.
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Source: Radio One / Don Juan Fasho

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