Props to @Madmick over in the sports bar forum... Forbes: The Highest-Paid Athletes Of The Decade Forbes said: Messi was the world’s highest paid athlete in 2019 at $127 million, thanks to $92 million from Barcelona. Ronaldo nudged above him for the full 10 years with the help of endorsement earnings, primarily from Nike... We also excluded earnings for athletes during their retirement years, keeping NBA stars like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan out of the top 10. Serena Williams is the only woman among the 40 highest-paid athletes of the decade, earning $215 million. #10 Lewis Hamilton: $400 million The six-time F1 World Champion is the most marketable athlete in the sport and commands the biggest paycheck. #9 Kevin Durant: $425 million Durant’s annual earnings from his salary and endorsements jumped 400% during the course of the decade. #8 Manny Pacquiao: $435 million Pacquiao’s 25 pay-per-view fights have generated 20 million buys and an estimated $1.3 billion in revenue. #7 Phil Mickelson: $480 million Mickelson nabbed the biggest paycheck of his career in 2018 when he defeated his longtime rival Woods in an exhibition for a $9 million purse. #6 Tiger Woods: $615 million Tiger averaged only 10 PGA Tour events per year during the 2010s, but his endorsement earnings for the decade were tops among athletes. Playing Captain Tiger Woods celebrates with the cup after they defeated the International team 16-14 during the 2019 Presidents Cup. #5 Roger Federer: $640 million Federer, 38, is on the back end of his tennis career, but his earnings will stay high on the back of a 10-year, $300 million deal with Uniqlo inked in 2018. #4 LeBron James: $680 million James has made more than twice as much from endorsements during his first 16 years in the NBA, compared to his $270 million in playing salary. #3 Lionel Messi: $750 million Messi’s 2019 playing salary for Barcelona is the highest of any athlete across all team sports. #2 Cristiano Ronaldo: $800 million Ronaldo’s endorsement partners benefit from his massive Instagram and Facebook followings, which both rank as the biggest of any person on the planet. #1 Floyd Mayweather: $915 million Mayweather pocketed more than $500 million combined for his 2015 and 2017 fights versus Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr takes on Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout.