Mo Salah is the highest paid African athlete according to Forbes
Egyptian soccerstar Mohammed Salah is the only African athlete on Forbes top 50 sports stars of 2021.
In a year ravaged by pandemic, the magazine reported that Salah made $37 million between May last year and same month this year.
In all, the world’s 50 highest-paid athletes turned in a record-setting year, they made nearly $2.8 billion in 12 months.
Despite the fact that there were hardly any fans in sports venues this year, top athletes made much of their money from endorsements, not just a playing contract.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor lands at No. 1 in the ranking with $180 million following the sale of his majority stake in Irish whiskey distiller Proper No. Twelve. Osaka takes the top spot on the women’s side and No. 12 in the ranking overall with $60 million, crushing the record she set for female athletes just a year ago, when she was No. 29 with $37.4 million.
Lionel Messi also became the highest paid footballer ever when he took home $130 million for the year. His rival Cristiano Ronaldo went home with $120 million payout.
HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES: 2021
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