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Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan among the world’s highest-paid athletes from the last 30 years

The highest paid sportsmen of the last 30 years has been revealed – and shows exactly why Floyd Mayweather nicknamed himself ‘Money’.

Using data from Forbes, an amazing graphic by NoobNorm has been widely shared on social media documenting the top earning athletes from 1990 through to 2019.

Currently, FC Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid sportsman having overtaken Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, former world boxing champion Mayweather has earnt the most from his craft over the past ten years, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars.

2019 Ballon dOr winner Lionel Messi topped the list for 2019

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As we near the end of the current decade, it is remarkable to see how footballers have overtaken boxers as Formula 1 drivers to become the most lucrative earners in modern day sport.

At the start of the 1990’s, Buster Douglas, Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard were the three biggest earners, followed by racing legend Ayrton Senna.

Evander Holyfield then proceeded to overtake Douglas as he claimed the world heavyweight title, before lucrative bouts with Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer.

Michael Jordan’s emergence in the NBA saw his value sky rocket as the Chicago Bulls’ shooting guard began to amass his fortune on the court.

Mike Tyson was beaten by Evander Holyfield twice after losing his undefeated record to Buster Douglas in the biggest upset in boxing history

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Ice hockey legends Sergei Federov and Wayne Gretzky also managed to get his name high up on the list, but it was clear to see a shift had once again occurred as we moved into the 2000s.

Jordan entered the new Millennium as the highest-earning sports star, followed by Michael Schumacher and Tiger Woods.

Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Grant Hill all joined Jordan as basketball contracts and sponsorship became more lucrative, with tennis legend Andre Agassi also entering the top ten in 2004.

David Beckham’s move to Real Madrid signalled the start of a new era with football, as two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho began to earn big time after his move from Barcelona to AC Milan.

David Beckham earned more than half a billion pounds during his career, according to Forbes

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In 2006, Muhammad Ali sold his name and image for $50million, putting him in the top three earners for that calendar year – remarkable considering he had not fought since 1981.

Ultimately however, it would be boxing and football which end this decade. Messi took home £97m to make him Forbes’ 2019 Rich List highest earner.

However, this is nothing compared to the £216m earned by Mayweather in 2018 after he defeated Conor McGregor in 2017.

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Worst tennis player ever? Unranked Artem Bahmet loses EVERY single point at match in Doha which lasted just 22 minutes

With the exception of Andy Murray, tennis players in the UK can get a lot of stick for not making it far at the Grand Slams.

But let’s be thankful none of them are as bad as this with a Ukrainian being dubbed the worst player in the world.

Artem Bahmet (black top) gives all aspiring tennis stars hope

He goes by the name of Artem Bahmet, and it was at a Futures tournament in Doha where he humiliated himself.

Bahmet was attempting to qualify for the event proper with Thailand’s Krittin Koaykul standing in his way.

But frankly, Bahmet would have struggled even if he had no opponent as he played a number of erratic shots and struggled to get the ball over the net regularly.

The fact that anyone can sign up to play for a Futures event for the modest price of £27 gives you an idea into the standard of the tournament.

You’re probably better than this guy

The winner of the tournament itself will pocket a £2,000 share of the £11,500 pot.

However, Bahmet may be regretting paying that as he did not even win one point in the 6-0 6-0 defeat.

Even qualifying for the main draw would have seen him more than quadruple his money with £118.

Charles Leclerc would welcome Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari amid talk of Mercedes exit

Lewis Hamilton would be welcomed to Ferrari by driver Charles Leclerc.

The Brit won his sixth Formula One world championship last month, but he’s reportedly considering his future with Mercedes ahead of his contract expiring at the end of next season.

Lewis Hamilton has flirted with Ferrari and is expected to sign one more contract in F1

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The highly-rated Leclerc, who finished fourth in the 2019 driver standings, would keep his seat upon Hamilton’s possible move, with the Brit replacing Sebastian Vettel.

And the Monegasque would love to call Hamilton a teammate at the start of the 2021 season.

“Of course I would welcome Lewis,” said Leclerc. “We are in Formula One and we want to fight against the best.

“I have had a big opportunity to have had Seb [Sebastian Vettel] next to me, who is a four-time world champion, and I have learned a lot from him, so you can always learn from these types of champions.”

Leclerc outscored Sebastian Vettel during a season defined by the two Ferrari drivers’ rivalry

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To add to the speculation, Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto dubbed Hamilton ‘an outstanding driver’ and said last week: “Knowing that he’s available in 2021 can make us only happy.”

When asked about Ferrari’s praise of Hamilton, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said: “It is never a waste of time being nice to someone.

“It is a team I have always appreciated over the years. To have the respect from someone there who is so high up is not a bad thing.

“They have two great drivers but who knows what the driver market will be doing over the next few years?

“I’m still in contract and negotiations haven’t started yet. I honestly don’t know how the next phase of the month is going to go when it comes to contracts.”

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Damon Hill hails ‘phenomenal’ Lewis Hamilton and says Brit can’t do much more to prove he is a Formula 1 great

Damon Hill has told talkSPORT there isn’t much more Lewis Hamilton can do to prove his greatness in Formula 1.

The British star wrapped his sixth F1 world championship-winning season in style on Sunday with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Hamilton is now just one more away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles, and yet there are still many – including former McLaren team-mate Jensen Button – who do not place him in the esteemed company of the sport’s greats.

The 34-year-old is a divisive character over his racing style and celebrity lifestyle off the track, and despite undoubtedly being one of most gifted racers ever, people, even his fellow Brits, do not warm to him.

However, a number of Formula 1 legends disagree.

After he was crowed a six-time world champion, Eddie Jordan told talkSPORT Hamilton should be knighted for his incredible achievements in the sport.

And now British hero Hill has also hailed the Mercedes driver as a ‘phenomenal’ champion.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Hill said: “I think if people have a problem with Formula 1 it’s because they think some people get the better equipment and therefore it’s easy.

Could we soon be honouring Sir Lewis Hamilton?

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“But it’s not easy to do what Lewis has done, which is to retain his place in a top team from the beginning of his career right the way through.

“His win rate is phenomenal and I think he’s proven this year that he can take on all comers and all situations.

“To keep up his motivation for as long as he has, and to be within striking distance of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of world championships, is phenomenal.

“And he seems to do it at a canter, he doesn’t look like he breaks sweat sometimes.”

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Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Manchester United legend Patrice Evra is there to celebrate it

Lewis Hamilton ended his season in style with an 11th win of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from the very beginning in a commanding display as he secured the 84th win of his career and moved to within seven of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished runner-up following a fine move on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who took the chequered flag in third. Verstappen’s drive to second ensured he finished the season as the best of the rest behind Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

And watching on was Manchester United legend Patrice Evra, who shook the champion’s hand before the race and said ‘I hope it brings you luck’.

Bottas, who started last following his grid penalty for an engine change, took the flag in fourth. But the Finn could yet be promoted one place with Leclerc’s podium under threat following a fuel irregularity. The Monegasque has been summoned to report to the stewards.

Sebastian Vettel passed Red Bull’s Alex Albon for fifth with two laps remaining. Vettel’s race was thwarted by a slow pit stop.

Hamilton ended a nine-race pole position drought on Saturday, and his win under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit was never in doubt after he beat Verstappen to the first corner.

Such was the ease of Hamilton’s win that he even had time to ponder over the radio with his team what might happen if the safety car was deployed.

There would be no such concerns for the 34-year-old Briton – his Mercedes team performing a routine one-stop strategy midway through the 55-lap season-concluding race – as Hamilton took the chequered flag 16.7 seconds clear of Verstappen, lapping the entire field up to sixth.

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Hamilton, who claimed his latest world title with two races to spare, is the only driver to score points at all 21 races this term.

His total of 413 is the greatest any driver has ever recorded, beating his previous record from two years ago by five points.

Writing on Instagram afterwards, he said: “The journey this year has been so special, so different but I am forever grateful for the lessons learnt. The growth all round brings me such pride and joy. Big thank you to @mercedesamgf1 for continuing to push with me through the ups and downs.”

Verstappen bemoaned a series of technical issues throughout the second half of the race, but that did not stop him from passing Leclerc to take second.

On lap 32, Verstappen drew alongside Leclerc on the run down to the left-handed Turn 8 before stamping on his brakes later than his Ferrari rival and making the move stick.

Leclerc had a nibble back at Verstappen four corners later, but the Red Bull man saw off his rival’s advances to keep the place.

Leclerc deserves great credit for finishing above Vettel in the standings in his first year with the Scuderia. But Leclerc’s campaign could yet end on a sour note if the stewards decide to take action.

McLaren’s Lando Norris kept Sergio Perez at bay to finish the final race of his debut campaign in seventh, while his fellow British rookie George Russell was 17th.

Russell’s team-mate Robert Kubica, who escaped action for banging wheels with Antonio Giovinazzi, took the flag in 19th on his final appearance in the sport.

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Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari? ‘Knowing Mercedes driver is available in 2021 makes us happy’, says team principal Mattia Binotto

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has made no secret of the fact he is delighted Lewis Hamilton will be on the market at the end of next season.

The six-time Formula One world champion’s Mercedes contract expires when the 2020 season ends, and they wan to to negotiate a new deal with the 34-year-old.

And while the Brit has indicated he will see out his career with the record-breaking team, he has also spoken about the lure of driving for Ferrari.

Hamilton was crowned world champion for a sixth time at the United States Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel’s contract with the Scuderia is up at the end of next year and it is likely the four-time world champion, who crashed with team-mate Charles Leclerc in Brazil a fortnight ago, would be the fallguy.

Asked if he was interested in signing Hamilton, a surprisingly candid Binotto, team principal at Ferrari, said: “Lewis is certainly an outstanding driver, a fantastic driver, and knowing that he is available in 2021 can only make us happy.

“We are happy with our drivers, but at one stage next season we will start discussing and understanding what to do.”

Hamilton has recently hinted that his next move could be determined by the whereabouts of Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss who has overseen five of his six world championships.

The long-term future of the sport’s chairman, Chase Carey, remains uncertain, and Wolff, 47, has been linked with taking on the American’s role.

Sir Andy Murray outlines Australian Open hopes as he prepares to make Grand Slam return in 2020

Sir Andy Murray has revealed his aim for the Australian Open in 2020 is to simply get through a five-set match without feeling pain.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has been sidelined for 18 months due to a chronic hip injury, but is set to make his return to a major down under in January.

Murray will return to action at the Australian Open January

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The Brit feared he would have to retire at the start of the year due to the injury, but having undergone surgery earlier this year he is now back playing at the top level again.

Murray was speaking to talkSPORT ahead of the release of a new Amazon documentary, charting his remarkable return from injury.

And the 32-year-old unsurprisingly has modest hopes when he returns to action.

“I haven’t played a best of five match since I had the operation,” he said. “A good result would be that I can play a best-of-five set match and have no ill effects from that with my hip.

“That would be a huge step and a really positive thing for me. That means I’d be able to compete and hopefully do well at the grand slams in the future, which is what I would like to do.

Sir Andy Murray tells talkSPORT how he is doing things differently on his return to tennis

Sir Andy Murray has admitted his tireless efforts to become the world number one tennis player may have burnt him out and almost cost him his career.

The two-time Wimbledon champion became the highest-ranked player on the planet in 2017 under trainer Ivan Lendl’s guidance.

But he has been plagued by a hip problem since then which has seen him out of the sport for 18 months.

Murray won the US Open, two Wimbledon titles, two Olympic golds and was world number one across his two spells with Lendl

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The Brit feared he would have to retire at the start of the year due to the injury, but having undergone pioneering hip surgery in January he is now back playing at the top level again.

He won his first singles title back on the ATP Tour in Antwerp to raise hopes he can get back to his Grand-Slam winning best, with his remarkable recovery depicted in the Amazon Prime Video movie, ‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’ – out this Friday.

While Murray is determined to challenge for the highest honours once more, he admits he may have pushed himself too far in the past – heavily contributing to his hip problem – and now trains much smarter than he did.

“It’s quite difficult for me to look at the results and say it was the wrong way to do it,” Murray said of his previously intense schedule.

“But I think it’s quite important because the operation I had was a really big operation to have at my age.

“Is there a way I could have done things differently? Could I have not worked so hard? Or worked smarter?”

“I used to think the more hours you put in was better for you, but I don’t believe that’s actually the case,” he continued.

“But I know since I’ve started playing again from this operation, I’m practicing less and training less and still able to compete at a really high level.

“I have no option now to do it differently than I did before because of the operation, but I guess I’ll find out more in the next 18 months, two years.

“When you get older you start to question things more about what you were doing and what you could do differently.

“I’m obviously sitting here with a metal hip and I would have rather avoided that.”

Murray will return to action at the Australian Open in 2020


Murray unsurprisingly has modest hopes when he returns to Grand Slam action down under at the start of the year, revealing the best outcome for him would simply be to get through a five-set match.

“I haven’t played a best of five match since I had the operation,” he added.

“A good result would be that I can play a best of five set match and have no ill effects from that with my hip.

“That would be a huge step and a really positive thing for me. That means I’d be able to compete and hopefully do well at the Grand Slams in the future, which is what I would like to do.”

‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’ will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday

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Sir Andy Murray says Jose Mourinho would have been ‘great’ Arsenal appointment as tennis legend admits Unai Emery’s time may be over

Sir Andy Murray reckons it could be game, set and match for Unai Emery at Arsenal.

Emery is at break point having overseen just two wins in 11 Premier League games and Murray, a Gunners fan, believes it may be time to serve the Spaniard his notice.

“I actually haven’t been to the ground this season,” said Murray. “But from what I’ve been reading the atmosphere has been pretty bad – and I don’t think that’s good news for the players, staff or anyone there.

“Unless that changes quickly, a change has to be made.”

Pressure is growing on Unai Emery after a poor start to the season

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The three-time Gland Slam champion also claims Arsenal may have made a fault by not bringing in Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, of course, now holds court across north London, having been drafted in by Tottenham as a wildcard replacement for Mauricio Pochettino last week.

“I love it when he’s in the Premier League”, Murray said of Mourinho, who is a big tennis fan and admitted earlier this year that the Brit’s first Wimbledon triumph reduced him to tears.

“I just think he makes it so much more interesting to be honest.

“I think he would do a good job for Arsenal.

“The one thing about him is that you know he will win. He finds ways to win matches, tournaments.

“That would have been a great appointment.”

Murray was speaking to talkSPORT ahead of the release of a new Amazon documentary, charting his remarkable return from injury.

The Brit feared he would have to retire at the start of the year due to a chronic hip injury, but is now back playing at the top level again and is set to make his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open in January.

‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’ will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday

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Rafael Nadal secures emotional Davis Cup title win for Spain in tournament run by Barcelona star Gerard Pique

Rafael Nadal sealed Spain’s first Davis Cup title since 2011 on home soil in Madrid.

But it was Roberto Bautista Agut who stole the show with an emotional victory just three days after the death of his father.

Rafael Nadal won the Davis Cup for Spain


The world number nine thrust his finger skywards after beating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3) 6-3 and was in tears before addressing the crowd, who stood as one to cheer him.

That set the stage for Nadal, who had won all seven of his previous rubbers this week across singles and doubles, to ensure it was Spain who became the first winners of the new-look event, beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (7).

Having played in Spain’s first two ties at the Caja Magica, Bautista Agut rushed home on Thursday after his father Joaquin was taken seriously ill, with the Spanish federation announcing the same evening that he had died.

That was assumed to be the end of Bautista Agut’s tournament but he supported from the stands during Saturday’s tense semi-final victory over Great Britain and was brought back into the action for the opening rubber of the final.

Canada had used only two players in making it to their first-ever final, Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil performing heroics in singles and doubles.

But Pospisil was running on fumes against Russia in the semi-finals while their number two, 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, was fully recovered from an ankle injury that had kept him sidelined for two months.

It was a hell of a stage for the teenager to make his return, especially given this was only his second Davis Cup tie.

He matched Bautista Agut in the opening set until the tie-break, where the 31-year-old, who had been due to get married next weekend, used his experience to tempt errors from the youngster.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Auger-Aliassime looked rusty, with his forehand breaking down far too often and double faults peppering his service games.

Bautista Agut, by contrast, maintained his composure right the way through to the winning moment, when emotion overcame him.

Nadal has been in such tremendous form that it felt like the first rubber was a must-win for Canada, and so it proved.

Shapovalov beat Nadal in his breakthrough tournament on home soil in Canada two years ago but was under the cosh from the start here.