Neymar tops athletes under 30 rich list after picking up $90million in 2018 beating AJ

REVEALED: Neymar tops athletes under 30 rich list after picking up $90m in 2018… twice the amount of NBA star James Harden as Anthony Joshua features in top 10 after earning $39m last year

  • Neymar has been revealed as the highest earning athlete under the age of 30 
  • The PSG superstar banked an eye-watering $90million during 2018
  • Neymar’s pulling power is such that he earned double of NBA star James Harden 
  • Anthony Joshua also features in the top 10 after raking in $39m last year

He may have had his ups and downs on the pitch this season, but Neymar is laughing all the way to the bank as it’s revealed he is the world’s highest-earning athlete under the age of 30.

The Brazilian superstar enjoyed a lavish 2018, in which he raked in money on a scale like never before.

Such is Neymar’s pulling power as an elite talent in world football and a brand of himself, the former Barcelona star pulled in over double the amount of NBA star-name James Harden during 2018.

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Brazilian superstar Neymar enjoyed a lavish 2018 and banked an eye-watering $90m (£70m)

Research from AmericanGambler has presented the top 30 athletes, under 30, who enjoyed the most lavish incomes during the year of 2018. 

Neymar features as one of four footballers to make the list, alongside Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Former Chelsea star Oscar is surprisingly the fourth footballer, after making vast earnings following his switch to the Chinese Super League.

Despite featuring second, NBA superstar James Harden earned less than half of Neymar's total

Despite featuring second, NBA superstar James Harden earned less than half of Neymar’s total

Anthony Joshua features in the top 10 after taking $39m (£30m) in salary and endorsements

Anthony Joshua features in the top 10 after taking $39m (£30m) in salary and endorsements

With Neymar blazing a financial trail on $90million (£70m), no athlete really comes close in terms of overall earnings – which comprise a combination of annual salary along with supplementary endorsements.

Being one of the most marketable faces in world sport, Neymar has benefited massively from his multi-million contracts with some of the biggest brands in the world.

American giants Nike invest heavily into Neymar, along with the likes of Gillette, Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Replay and Gol Airlines. 

Second to Neymar in the table is basketball superstar Harden of the Houston Rockets, who banked $46,400,000 in 2018 (£36m).  

Just behind him is Mexican boxer Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who pulled in $45,500,000 (£35m) from his exploits in the ring.

Jordan Spieth is the world's highest earning golfer under the age of 30, with $41m (£32m)

Jordan Spieth is the world’s highest earning golfer under the age of 30, with $41m (£32m)

That particular title of highest earning boxer was certainly one Britain’s Anthony Joshua had his eye on, after dominating the heavyweight division with a ruthless edge until his recent shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr.

Joshua features inside the top 10 of under-30 earners, and finished 2018 with a cash injection of $39m (£30m) into his bank account.

The two highest earning under-30 golfers in the world also hail from America, in the shape of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, whilst the only tennis star to feature is Japan’s Kei Nishikori thanks to his lucrative $33m worth of endorsements in 2018. 

HIGHEST PAID SPORTS STARS UNDER 30-YEARS-OLD, IN 2018
Player Sport Age Nationality Salary ($) Endorsements ($) 2018 Earnings ($)
Neymar Football 27 Brazil 73,000,000 17,000,000 90,000,000
James Harden Basketball 29 USA 28,400,000 18,000,000 46,400,000
Canelo Alvarez Boxing 28 Mexico 42,000,000 2,500,000 44,500,000
Derek Carr NFL 28 USA 40,100,000 2,000,000 42,100,000
Jordan Spieth Golf 25 USA 11,200,000 30,000,000 41,200,000
Damian Lillard Basketball 28 USA 26,200,000 13,000,000 39,200,000
Anthony Joshua Boxing 29 UK 32,000,000 7,000,000 39,000,000
Trumaine Johnson NFL 29 USA 36,800,000 250,000 37,000,000
Jimmy Garoppolo NFL 27 USA 36,000,000 200,000 36,200,000
Kyrie Irving Basketball 27 USA 19,100,000 17,000,000 36,100,000
Giannis Antetokounmpo Basketball 24 Greece 22,500,000 13,000,000 35,500,000
Anthony Davis Basketball 29 USA 23,900,000 11,000,000 34,900,000
Gareth Bale Football 29 Wales 28,600,000 6,000,000 34,600,000
Kei Nishikori Tennis 29 Japan 1,600,000 33,000,000 34,600,000
Demar DeRozan Basketball 29 USA 27,500,000 5,500,000 33,000,000
Klay Thompson Basketball 29 USA 18,100,000 13,000,000 31,100,000
Gordon Hayward Basketball 29 USA 29,800,000 1,000,000 30,800,000
Paul Pogba Football 26 France 25,000,000 4,500,000 29,500,000
Oscar Football 27 Brazil 25,900,000 1,500,000 27,400,000
Paul George Basketball 29 USA 19,600,000 7,500,000 27,100,000
Jrue Holiday Basketball 28 USA 26,700,000 250,000 26,900,000
Mike Trout Baseball 27 USA 23,900,000 2,500,000 26,400,000
Justin Thomas Golf 26 USA 21,000,000 5,000,000 26,000,000
CJ McCollum Basketball 27 USA 23,800,000 2,000,000 25,800,000
DeAndre Hopkins NFL 26 USA 24,100,000 1,200,000 25,300,000
Otto Porter Jr Basketball 26 USA 24,800,000 500,000 25,300,000
Bradley Beal Basketball 25 USA 23,900,000 1,000,000 24,900,000
Andre Drummond Basketball 25 USA 23,900,000 1,000,000 24,900,000
Harrison Barnes Basketball 27 USA 23,100,000 1,500,000 24,600,000
Davante Adams NFL 26 USA 24,000,000 500,000 24,500,000


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