Sports and athletics are two things that bring people together from all over the world. Successful athletes earn a lot of money thanks to worldwide approval.
From salaries, sponsorship contracts, advertising revenue to image rights, this group of people has various sources of income.
In 2021, the top 50 athletes earned approximately $2.8 billion. Boxers, American football players, European soccer players and NBA stars are among the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Without further ado, here are the five athletes who made the most money per minute in 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo $17,000/minute
Cristiano Ronaldo may be nearing the end of his career but he's still a great athlete He is one of the most famous athletes in the world. In the summer of 2021, the Portuguese international returned to his former club Manchester United.
At Manchester United, he is reportedly making more than €500,000 a week, with average earnings per minute of US$17,000.
Neymar Jr. $32,000/minute
When Neymar Jr. joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017, he automatically became one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Neymar Jr. is known for his skilful playing technique. He enjoys taking on and defeating opponents and has a variety of tricks up his sleeve that he uses to perfection. The 29-year-old is a global star of the sport and one of the best footballers of his time.
At PSG he earns around 700,000 euros every week, around 32,000 dollars per minute.
Tom Brady is $37,000/minute.
Quarterback Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 2021 Super Bowl victory. Brady is largely considered a G.O.AT in American Football. A long-time football player, he is best known for his 20-year affiliation with the New England Patriots.
He was one of his main starters for 18 seasons. During that span, Brady led the Patriots to 17 division titles. Among them were 11 wins in a row between 2008 and 2019. He has six Super Bowl championships to his name and holds the record for most Super Bowl appearances and victories.
He is also the only player in Super Bowl history to be named MVP on two different teams. Brady is the best quarterback of all time and his salary reflects that. In 2021, the 44-year-old earned $37,000 per minute.
Canelo Alvarez $444,000/minute
Canelo Alvarez, a Mexican professional boxer, is already a sports legend despite being only 31 years old. He has four world titles, each in a different weight class. He has held championships from lightweight to heavyweight.
Alvarez is also the first boxer to achieve an undisputed super middleweight title. He is well known by the younger generation as a result of multiple viral videos that show Alvarez exercising head and body motions.
BoxRec, The Ring, the Boxing Writers Association of America, ESPN, and the TBRB selected Alvarez as the best active fighter in the world in November 2021, with a reported earning of $444,000/minute.
Conor McGregor $8.6 million/minute.
Conor McGregor, the king of trash talk, is the highest-paid athlete in 2021. He was paid an astounding $8.6 million per minute. According to Forbes, McGregor will be the highest-paid athlete in 2021.
In the MMA world, McGregor is a phenomenon. It is the greatest sports binding in history.
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