Mayweather top of sport rich list with £66m haul

 
Frank Dalleres
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BOXING icon Floyd Mayweather was the world’s top earning sportsperson last year with income of £66m – almost three times as much as the highest placed Briton, footballer Gareth Bale.

The American five-weight world champion, who raked in the vast sum from just two fights because he also promotes his bouts, beat Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who pocketed £50m, into second place.

Basketball’s LeBron James was third with £45m, according to figures for the 12 months to 1 June and compiled by magazine Forbes, ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (£41m) and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (£39m).

Bale pocketed £23m following his £85m transfer from Tottenham to Real, of which £16m came from wages and £7m from endorsements such as deals with Adidas and BT.

BEST OF BRITISH

14. Gareth Bale football £23m
19. Lewis Hamilton £20m
35. Rory McIlroy £15m
43. Wayne Rooney £15m
86. Steven Gerrard £12m

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