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These 3 World Cup Soccer Players Are Richer Than LeBron James

July 11, 2018
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Even King James can’t outearn these soccer superstars.

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If you think LeBron’s massive $153.3 million, four-year contract to play for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers makes him the biggest baller in the world, you haven’t been keeping your eye on the 2018 World Cup.

The Millionaires at the World Cup

The 2018 World Cup has kicked into gear, and some of the world’s richest athletes took part. Three out of the top five highest-paid athletes in the world are soccer players, according to Forbes’ 2018 ranking of the planet’s richest athletes.

Here are the three world cup participants that rake in the most every year, and their respective annual earnings:

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Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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Neymar

King James’ fortune

LeBron James, who is 33 years old and already considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is earning $85.5 million per year, as of the summer of 2018, according to Forbes. He has won three NBA championships as a member of the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, and is now heading to SoCal to try and win more games—and to make more money.

And while he’s the wealthiest basketball player in the world—and is also earning more than every other athlete in the NFL, NHL, and MLB, for that matter–he still trails behind a select group of sports stars.

He also has plans to become the first billion-dollar athlete.

Here are the ten highest-paid athletes in the world, according to Forbes:

AthleteSportPay
Matthew StaffordNFL quarterback, Detroit Lions$59.5 million
Matt RyanNFL quarterback, Atlanta Falcons$67.3 million
Stephen CurryNBA, Golden State Warriors$76.9 million
Roger FedererTennis$77.2 million
LeBron JamesNBA, Los Angeles Lakers$85.5 million
NeymarSoccer, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil$90 million
Conor McGregorMixed-martial arts$99 million
Cristiano RonaldoSoccer, Juventus and Portugal$108 million
Lionel MessiSoccer, Barcelona and Argentina $111 million
Floyd MayweatherBoxing$285 million

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By Sam Becker
Sam Becker is Stash's financial writer.

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