Canelo Álvarez Is the Highest Paid Boxer and Mexican Athlete in the World

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Forbes released their annual ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes on Wednesday, a staggering look at the wealth of the megastars of the sports world. The top 100 hauled in a total of $3.11 billion over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year’s earnings, and, like ESPN’s Fame 100 list from last month, the list is full of Latino athletes.

In the top 5, Lionel Messi (3) is the only Latino star, joining other megastars like LeBron James, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, and the #1 on the list, Cristiano Ronaldo. In total, there are 17 Latino athletes on the list, with the Dominican Republic leading the way with 5 players in the top 100.

There were 9 different Latino countries represented in all, including the D.R., Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, and Cuba. Four sports were represented on the list, with the majority of players coming from the world of soccer and baseball, along with basketball and boxing.

Saul “Canelo” Álvarez topped out as the highest ranked boxer as well as the highest ranked Mexican with $28.5 million – $27 million in earnings and $1.5 in endorsements. Other notable names on the list included Neymar (18), Carmelo Anthony (29), Albert Pujols (49) and James Rodriguez (91).

Read below to see every Latino player on the list, and click over to Forbes for the full 100.

3. Lionel Messi – Argentina
18. Neymar – Brazil
29. Carmelo Anthony – Puerto Rico
37. Miguel Cabrera – Venezuela
43. Canelo Álvarez – Mexico
44. Al Horford – Dominican Republic
49. Albert Pujols – Dominican Republic
53. Robinson Cano – Dominican Republic
58. Felix Hernandez – Venezuela
71. Luis Suárez – Uruguay
80. Sergio Agüero – Argentina
82. Hanley Ramirez – Dominican Republic
87. Jose Reyes – Dominican Republic
91. James Rodríguez – Colombia
T-94. Adrian González – Mexico
T-94. Brook Lopez – Cuba