Who are the highest paid athletes aged 25 and under in the world? -Forbes France

Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, Marshon Lattimore ran the 40-yard (36.576 meters) sprint in 4.36 seconds. Over the past 12 months, the New Orleans Saints cornerback has earned $40.9 million, after earning $2.6 million the previous year. He thus climbed to 38th rank of ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world before celebrating his 26th anniversary.

Thanks to this sum, Marshon Lattimore is one of seven stars aged 25 or less to appear in the Forbes ranking of the highest paid athletes this year.

This is an exclusive group, where barriers to entry abound. The top 50, as assessed by pre-tax earnings and agent fees, have an average age of 32, and only one member of the top 10 – Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, 27 – has yet to reach the age of 30. In the NFL and NBA, rookie pay scales suppress young star salaries. MLB players only enter the free agency market after six years in the big leagues.

But these seven athletes overcame those hurdles, and more, to earn at least $38 million in the 12 months ending May 1.er may.

Here are the highest paid athletes 25 and under in the world.

  1. Josh Allen

Total Earnings: $67 million

Earnings on the field: $63 million

Off-field gains: $4 million

Age : 25 years

Sport : Football

Nationality : American

Josh Allen entered this ranking on the sly: He will be 26 on May 21. The Buffalo Bills quarterback signed a six-year contract extension in August worth $258 million, including $150 million guaranteed, an NFL record. This amount includes a signing bonus of $16.5 million and an option bonus of $42.4 million, which puts him at the top of this ranking. Off the pitch, he counts Nike, Pepsi and New Era among his sponsors.

  1. Naomi Osaka

Total Earnings: $59.2 million

Earnings on the field: $1.2 million

Off-field gains: $58 million

Age : 24 years

Sport : Tennis

Nationality : Japanese

Naomi Osaka is not far off her $60 million in earnings last year, which was a record for a female athlete, and she is one of only two women in the top 50, along with Serena Williams. The Japanese tennis ace has more than 20 retail partners, including Nike, Mastercard and Louis Vuitton, as well as his own skincare line, Kinlò. She has also just launched a sports agency, Evolve.

  1. Max Verstappen

Total Earnings: $48 million

Earnings on the field: $46 million

Off-field gains: $2 million

Age : 24 years

Sport : Formula 1

Nationality : Dutch

Max Verstappen won the 2021 F1 Drivers’ Championship by overtaking rival Lewis Hamilton on the closing lap of the final race of the season. The title comes with a hefty championship bonus for the Red Bull Racing driver, who finished third in 2019 and 2020. He is an established star despite his young age. He was the youngest driver in F1 history, at 17, and he set another record by winning his first race aged 18.

  1. Kylian Mbappe

Total Earnings: $43 million

Earnings on the field: $28 million

Off-field gains: $15 million

Age : 23 years

Sport : Soccer

Nationality : French

Kylian Mbappé became a global star with his stellar display for France as a 19-year-old at the 2018 World Cup, and he’s been France’s Ligue 1 top scorer every season since. (The Paris Saint-Germain striker is again leading the league with 25 goals, one game from the end of the 2021-2022 season). Mbappé, named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2022 ranking in the sports category, is a partner of brands such as Nike, Hublot and EA Sports.

  1. Marshon Lattimore

Total Earnings: $40.9 million

Earnings on the field: $40.8 million

Off-field gains: $0.1 million

Age : 25 years

Sport : Football

Nationality : American

Like Josh Allen, Marshon Lattimore narrowly slips into this ranking: he will be 26 on May 20. The New Orleans Saints cornerback signed a five-year, $97.6 million contract extension in September and was selected for the fourth Pro Bowl in five NFL seasons.

  1. Devin Booker

Total Earnings: $39.9 million

Earnings on the field: $31.9 million

Off-field gains: $8 million

Age : 25 years

Sport : Basketball

Nationality : American

The Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker’s current team, had a disappointing end to the season, losing in the second round of playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks after reaching the NBA Finals last year, but his business is only growing. The full-back, who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 2022 ranking in the sports category, partners with brands including Nike, Corona and Sweetgreen and plays an active role as co-owner of the water sports drink of coconut COCO5.

  1. Jake Paul

Total Earnings: $38 million

Earnings on the field: $30 million

Off-field gains: $8 million

Age : 25 years

Sport : Boxing

Nationality : American

The YouTube star-turned-boxer is polarized, but he had two lucrative fights against Tyron Woodley last year, plus a high-paying fight against Ben Askren. Jake Paul was the promoter behind April’s mega-fight between Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor and recently announced that he plans to step back into the ring himself in August, with an opponent yet to be determined.

Methodology

Forbes figures on field earnings include all awards, salaries and bonuses earned between 1er May 2021 and the 1er May 2022. In cases where players continue to be paid beyond May for a regular season that ended on that date (such as in the NBA and European soccer), we attribute the salary of the full season. Playoff bonuses are included for the 2021 NFL season and the 2020-2021 NBA season.

Off-pitch revenue is an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees, and merchandising and licensing revenue for the 12 months prior to 1er May 2022, plus cash returns from any businesses operated by the Athlete, based on conversations with industry insiders. Forbes does not include investment income such as interest payments or dividends, but does consider payments from equity stakes that athletes have sold.

Forbes does not deduct taxes or agent fees.

With additional reporting by Justin Birnbaum.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Brett Knight

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Who are the highest paid athletes aged 25 and under in the world? -Forbes France