03:39 am
26 May 2017

The 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2015

Following their clash in the “fight of the century”, boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao find themselves atop the list of the highest paid sportspeople in the world in 2015.

Forbes has released its annual list of the 100 biggest earners in sport, which features seven Britons (Rory McIlroy, Lewis Hamilton, Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Justin Rose and Frank Lampard) and only two women (Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams).

Here are the 10 highest paid sportspeople of 2015:

10. Kobe Bryant – $49.5m


Sport: Basketball
Total earnings: $49.5 mil
Salary/winnings: $23.5 mil
Endorsements: $26 mil
The 36-year-old retains his phenomenal earning power with a mixture of on and off the court pursuits.