Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30

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    1/11 A rundown of the world's 10 richest athletes under the age of 30, according to Forbes Magazine. Getty.
  • Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30
    2/11 1. Lionel Messi (29 - Soccer): The living, breathing Barcelona legend earned $81.4 M, $53.4 M of which came in the form of salary and bonuses. His endorsement deals amounted to $28 M. Getty
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    3/11 2. Kevin Durant (28 - Basketball): The Dub Nation newbie pocketed $56.2 M, $20.2 M of which was paid to him by old club, Oklahoma. He also earned took home a cool $28 M from sponsorship deals. Getty
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    4/11 3. Novak Djokovic (29 -Tennis): The Serb Grand Slam collector has netted $55.8 M in 2016, with prize money making up $21.8 M of his income. Endorsement deals made up the remaining $34 million. Getty
  • Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30
    5/11 4. Cam Newton (27 - Football): The Carolina Panthers double threat QB was paid $53.1 M, $41.1 M of which came in the form of his salary and earnings. The remaining $12 million came through endorsement deals. Getty
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    6/11 5. Jordan Spieth (23 - Golf): The youngest member on the list, Spieth accumulated $52.8 million in 2015, with prize money accounting for $20.8 of the total sum. $32 million of golf’s golden boy’s income came was earned through endorsements. Getty.
  • Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30
    7/11 6. The Northern Irish Olympic dodger saw his bank balance rise by $42.6M. Winnings accounted for $7.6M, but it was $32M in endorsements that brought home most the bread. Getty.
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    8/11 7. Russell Wilson (27 - Football): The Seattle Seahawks QB netted $41.8M, with salary and bonuses making up $31.8M of that amount. His endorsements deals were valued at $10M. Getty.
  • Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30
    9/11 8. Sebastian Vettel (29 - Formula One): The German Scuderia Ferrari driver added $41M to his bank balance last year - $40M coming from prize money and salary, with a further $1M coming from sponsorship deals. Getty.
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    10/11 9. Neymar (24 - Soccer): The ex-Brazil captain forward earned $37.5M in 2015, $14.5Mof which came in the form of salary and bonuses. Endorsement deals accounted for a further $23M. Getty.
  • Forbes Magazine's 10 Highest Earning Athletes Under 30
    11/11 10. Gareth Bale (27 - Soccer): Wales' answer to Ronaldo took home $35.9M last year, with Real Madrid and his national team forking out $24.9M of that amount. The remaining $11M came from sponsorship deals. Getty.

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