Forbes released the World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes, and only a few New York athletes made the cut for 2019.
A pair of injured sluggers — Yoenis Cespedes (No. 62) and Giancarlo Stanton (No. 77) — and Giants star running back Saquon Barkley (No. 93) are the only three to make the cut from Big Apple-based teams.
A pair of ex-New Yorkers also make the cut. Former Knick Carmelo Anthony — who barely played this season (10 games with the Rockets) — checks in at No. 42 and Odell Beckham (now with the Browns) is ranked No. 85.
Barkley, 22, is the youngest of the New York athletes with $25.8 million in total earnings (he got a hefty signing bonus as part of his rookie contract), including $4.5 million in endorsements. Barkley had a terrific rookie season for the Giants winning Rookie of the Year, and looks to be a leader in his second year.
In the New York baseball scene, Stanton earned $27.4 million. He contributed to the Yankees making the playoffs last season but hasn’t done much in 2019 as he has been on the Injured List since April 1. Cespedes had $29.4 million in total earnings. He has been injury prone since signing the four-year, $110 million deal with the Mets. Any hope of playing this season ended in May when he suffered a broken ankle at his Florida ranch.
But these New York athletes don’t come close to earning what the top stars in sports make.
Soccer superstars Lionel Messi (No. 1 with $127 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 2 with $109 million) top the list. However, NBA stars lead the list with 35 players.
“The global impact of soccer is clearly reflected in earnings in 2019, with the top three athletes on the list being Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar,” Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor for Forbes Media said in a press release. “But basketball players continue to dominate the top 100 overall with 35 athletes on the list earning a total of $1.29 billion, with 72% of that income coming from salaries rather than endorsement deals.”
Serena Williams is the only woman on the list. She made $29.2 million in total earnings, good for No. 63 on the annual list.