Alonso among highest paid sports persons on the planet

Fernando Alonso smiling all the way the the bank

Fernando Alonso smiling all the way the the bank

Fernando Alonso is among the highest international sports earners on earth, according to the influential US magazine Sports Illustrated.

Excluding American athletes, like undefeated boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather who has already earned $90 million in 2013, the highest paid sportsman is British footballer David Beckham.

His $48 million is trailed by tennis’ Roger Federer ($43 million), followed by Ferrari‘s Alonso, whose estimated $42 million in 2013 will include his retainer and endorsements.

Spaniard Alonso reportedly makes more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($35 million) and FC Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to the international list.

Formula 1′s next representative, coming in at eleventh on the list with almost $24 million, is Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton, while the newly-retired Michael Schumacher is still raking in the income, with just under $20 million estimated.

Top ten sport earners in 2013:

  1. Floyd Mayweather Jnr — €70 ($90) million.
  2. LeBron James — €43.6 ($56) million.
  3. David Beckham — €37.6 ($48.3) million.
  4. Drew Brees — €37.2 ($47.8) million.
  5. Kobe Bryant — €36.4 ($46.8) million.
  6. Roger Federer — €33.7 ($43.3) million.
  7. Fernando Alonso — €32.7 ($42) million.
  8. Tiger Woods — €31.74 ($40.8) million.
  9. Phil Mickelson — €30.7 ($39.5) million.
  10. Cristiano Ronaldo — €27.4 ($35.2) million.

(GMM)

  • Not Bernie

    The most over paid, under delivering, driver in F1.

  • Henk

    @ Not Bernie:

    Under-delivering, like, when he won in Valencia starting from P10? Or in Malaysia, where he won in a car that was more than a second slower per lap? Could you please explain?

  • Eevel

    @Not Bernie
    Don’t worry, no-one would ever mistake you for Bernie – you’re far too stupid!
    Your comment must be one of the most ignorant I’ve ever read.
    Alonso came within a few points of being World Champion last year in what was widely acknowledged to be a poorly performing car.
    As Henk pointed out he’s just come out of a convincing win in Barcelona.
    Please Not Bernie, enlighten us with your warped sense of logic.
    I’m not asking you to be a fan of Alonso but please at least have the maturity to recognize the accomplishments of others and not just your favoured sportsman.
    I’ll put it simply so that you can understand – grow up!

  • Not Bernie

    Last year, not only was the Ferrari the quickest of all the teams to adapt to the new tyres, it was also mid-season the quickest car. And certainly for the remainder on par with every other.

    Even Massa could demonstrate it’s speed. It was that good.

    Then in Spain we had a demonstration of how much the Ferrari has been improved with the Euro updates. It wasn’t just a little bit quicker, it was by F1 standard massively quicker. Massa able to beat the Red Bull, and podium. That’s how much an advantage the car is.

    However, even though Alonso’s given all the tools he needs, he’s still moaning about the car. And the team. Trying to play silly mind games. He’s looking more like Lance Armstrong every day.

    Let’s not forget too that given fair competition, equal chances of success and an equal car, Alonso couldn’t beat a rookie fairly. He’s a dirty character.

  • J

    Such a shame Alonso isn’t the fastest driver over a single lap, then he’d have been my favourite.

  • Des

    I am inclined to agree with “Not Bernie”. Apart from the first two races last year the Ferrari was the fastest car but Alonso’s winning gave the impression that the car was not performing.
    Definitely overpaid.

  • Flash Flaherity of the Long Ski

    I do not get the salaries paid to FA or LH, at all. Setting aside their lack of recent WDCs and failure to bring their teams the WCC – where are they going to go if the teams paid them a fair wage – say half what they now make? They won’t earn that anywhere else. At half their current rate, they are over-paid. at their actual current rate, they are just thieves – obviously well represented, but thieves none the less. More like AGI executives taking home “massive” bonuses, while investors and shareholders saw their cash flow down the drain. Its all fair in a free market – does not make it right.

  • Des

    I am inclined to agree with “Not Bernie”. Apart from the first two races last year the Ferrari was the fastest car but Alonso’s WHINING gave the impression that the car was not performing.
    Definitely overpaid.

    Sorry spelling mistake in last post.

  • Dan

    I do think they are very highly paid drivers but this is for a reason.

    Considered to be the 2 best drives in the world,echoed by most of the other drivers.

    FA has awesome race craft. He is always there waiting for the right moment to pounce. even when he has to drag the car over the finish line with a car that’s sub standard. His home wins show that.
    If a driver can take a car that’s 5th or 6th fastest and win a GP hes worth the money.

    There are many drives on the grid that couldn’t win even sitting in a red bull. Mark is testament to that. If you ever discount FA then you really don’t know F!

    Then there is Lewis Hamilton. Who very nearly won the WDC on his first outing only to be piped by one point. then to win it 2nd time out. Anyone else claim to do that? The potential is massive. He is know by all drives to be the fastest out there and able to wring 0.5 sec out of a car that no other driver could do. If Mclaren had pulled their finger out he would have been a triple WC by now.

    No doubt the haters of FA and LH will jump on the above. Thats fine indulge yourself. But whats the point really. No matter how much they are paid you wouldn’t complain if you was paid that money to do your job.

  • Eevel

    Well said Dan!

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Complete waste of money. Alonso can only beat Vettel when Massa can also beat Vettel. He can only do it with the fastest car.

  • Hooters

    If Massa was Ferrari’s lead driver last year they would have been 5th in the championship, not battling it out for 1st. Same as this year. Alonso is a huge champion and worth every cent. Anyone who sees otherwise is jealous that they don’t make 1/100th as much money in their crappy job.

  • F1_Fan

    No, no – he is a fough highest paid sports person on the planet, he does say it by himself on the photo ! Do you see how many fingers does he show ? :)

  • Hawk

    well said Dan
    the jealous octogenarians like Flash should make and run their own teams. who forces Ferrari, McLaren or Mercedes to pay them this much? or do you think they are all stupid? we are tired of armchair haters who claim to be know alls and cry more than the bereaved

  • Flash Flaherity of the Long Ski

    Gotta love clowns who proffer insults and accusations as actual thoughtful opinion. From this octogenarians vantage point, Alonso and Hamilton are outstanding drivers, of which I harbor no ill will. I question only how salaries have gotten so off the charts. It’s an opinion, not an insult – unlike some of the directed offensive blather spewed here. Merc and Ferrari can indeed pay anyone what they wish… this alone does not mean there is a correlation with real value. Drivers are also free to beg, borrow and yes, steal all they can get from their employers. So be it. Just seems a bit nuts to me. $30MM is the budget for 4 years of engine contracts at the $7MM limit. Other teams are winning with much cheaper drivers – but none can compete Q1 without engines. Just a comparison of valuation, not serious or insulting in any way to normal mentally healthy individuals.

  • JJ

    Like everything else in the world…something (in this case a driver) is worth exactly what someone (in this case a team) is willing to pay. If Alonso is paid 42 million (not all by Ferrari mind you…a good chunk of that is probably endorsement money), then that is exactly what he is worth on the market.

    Also, don’t focus only on ‘in car’ value. Imagine what his value is on a public relations basis alone. If you focus on ‘in car’, and exclude all benefits of his branding presence, then you’re really only looking at a portion of the worth.

  • Butterfly

    Yeah, well, Ferrari give him 10M EURO bonus if he wins the WDC, so you’d have to add about 13M USD to that total. Not bad.

  • Forza Ferrari

    Fernando is worth every penny that he gets, everyone who doubts that is an idiot, simple as that. He’s one of the greatest F1 driver of all-time, no question about it.

  • fools

    well deserved :)

  • 7 time,7 time,7 time world F1 champion

    @Forza Ferrari

    WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…….

  • Flash Flaherity of the Long Ski

    JJ: Great points. There are some interesting books on the topic of sports earnings. For the most part it is about what they get up front, what they are guaranteed, and then what is paid on the back end, like bonuses for winning a championship, or royalties on sales of stuff which is variable and may be paid out of several years. We usually only see the first two in reported payout – the upfront and guarantee. As some have noted elsewhere, Vettel may be have a lot more in bonus and back end, while Alonso and Hamilton could be getting more on the front end deal – this creates a non sequitur in reporting that is rarely covered well. The numbers still seem crazy. But, as has been stated, if that’s what the teams think is rational, then so be it… Also, can’t ignore the marketing pump one gets from bragging about spending insane money on a driver – as seen here, if they get paid that, they must be the best, right?

  • Mike Paterson

    I am amazed – Alonso is not worth 2 x Hamilton

    I guess it shows the desperation at Ferrari rather than the relative worth of Alonso.

  • Steve

    “Alonso came within a few points of being World Champion last year in what was widely acknowledged to be a poorly performing car.”

    Whether it was “widely acknowledged” to be a poor car is meaningless – it was NOT in fact a poor car. It was quite a good car.

    Alonso’s ineptness in qualifying is always cited as proving what a great driver he is when does better in the actual race. But if he did better in qualifying he’d d even better in the races.

  • Steve

    “Then there is Lewis Hamilton. Who very nearly won the WDC on his first outing only to be piped by one point. then to win it 2nd time out. Anyone else claim to do that? The potential is massive. He is know by all drives to be the fastest out there and able to wring 0.5 sec out of a car that no other driver could do.”

    Hah ha ha. It always cracks me up to see the Lewis fanboys repeating this bilge. In three seasons in the same car as Button, Lewis merely equaled him in results.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Simple count, who is faster than Alonso.

    -Hamilton is faster than Alonso, he beat Alonso already as a rookee in the same car.
    -Rosberg is now clearly faster than Hamilton, making him faster than Alonso.
    -Massa is also faster than Alsono in 1/3 of the races where he gets the same resources (see last few races in 2012 Massa constantly outpacing Alonso).
    -Vettel has already broken all Alonso records, younger, faster, more successful.

    Bottom line, most of the decent drivers outclass Alonso.

    Add to this the unfair comments and behaviour Alonso produces, slamming rivals and his own team if necessary, and never taking the blame for anything, while loosing titles due to his own idiot mistakes (e.g. Suzuka vs Raikkonen).

    This means Alonso is neither a top talent compared to others, nor a positive person in the sport.

    On top of this all, he is a fail. Never won a title for Ferrari, lost both times the title for Ferrari. No matter how hard was trying and cheating to win a title with a car which is 1st to 3rd fastest generally, he failed. He needs the best car to win, no less.

    He is the most overrated and overpaid driver ever, and the biggest waste Ferrari has ever made.

  • RR27

    Well…. That is a lot of money….but I believe Alonso is the best drive on the grid, that I have no doubt…Just for the record, qualifying is very important, but there are no points gained…. Last year, as well as this year, Alonso is constantly going for maximum race set up….so his race pace is always better than his qualifying position…. Last years Ferrari was barely a good car, but they worked their arse off, and Alonso is amazing at adapting to any situation…, as for speed Massa’s he showed, last year…well, glimpses of it, and after a few laps,he had no tires left…. Where did Massa finish, and where did Alonso finished… Anyone could go fast…., for a lap….By the way, Marlboro pays for a good chunk of that salary…well, did, I’m pretty sure they still do….
    I do not like Vettel, attitude….but he is another that simply rings every ounce and then some, out of his car….
    I like Lewis, but he would not have been champion if it were not for Timo Glock strangely losing only one position, at the very last corner of the last lap…. Hummmmmm… Lewis had constantly been there, fighting for the title,until recently….but so was Massa for 3 straight years. Massa,the guy that was champion, for half a lap,until Timo’s moment….
    There is very little between these top guys, Alonso, Vettel,Hamilton,are the top 3 in that order,Massa(on form again),Button,Rosberg…Webber gets a bit flustered, but he is not far off…

  • Dave

    That’s crazy. No one is worth that much income. But good luck to him if he’s found a fool to pay it.

  • Butterfly

    That list above says 32M EUR per year. He gets 10M bonus for winning the WDC, so it could be 42M EUR at the end of 2013. That would put him 3rd on that list.

  • AlonsoFan

    Correction bro “Ferrari F2012 wasn’t regarded as a poor car” It was a poor car and lacked traction and top speed also after massive upgrades( most of them even didn’t worked)It wasn’t as good as the Red bull RB8 and McLaren MP4-27 ever. It never qualified on pole in the dry. People when is the last time some one came this close to winning the title without setting the “Fastest lap time DURING A RACE” and Pole in the Dry…just recall