Hamilton highest earning race driver in 2017

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Forbes magazine have released the list of top earning sportsmen which puts Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton tenth on a the list which is topped by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the report, triple Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton will bank $46-million in 2017 of which $38-million is his salary and bonuses from Mercedes, with an extra $8-million from personal endorsements.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is 14th on the list, with $38.5-million due his way, with the Maranello team footing $38-million of his salary cheque. The German only has half a million dollars in personal endorsements.

Fernando Alonso, who has yet to score a point this season with McLaren, is 20th on the list and will pocket $36-million, of which the bulk is from his team’s coffers while $2-million will come in from personal deals.

The trio of Formula 1 stars rank well ahead of the next highest paid racing driver, which is Nascar star Jimmie Johnson who is 93rd on the list. He will bank $21.8-million, less than half what Hamilton will earn.

Fellow Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Junior rounds out the top 100 earners with $21.4-million heading his way.

The list of 2017 top earning sportsmen is topped by Portuguese footballer Ronaldo who will earn a whopping $93-million this year.

Rank Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo $93-million $58-million $35-million Soccer
#2 LeBron James $86.2-million $31.2-million $55-million Basketball
#3 Lionel Messi $80-million $53-million $27-million Soccer
#4 Roger Federer $64-million $6-million $58-million Tennis
#5 Kevin Durant $60.6-million $26.6-million $34-million Basketball
#6 Andrew Luck $50-million $47-million $3-million Football
#6 Rory McIlroy $50-million $16-million $34-million Golf
#8 Stephen Curry $47.3-million $12.3-million $35-million Basketball
#9 James Harden $46.6-million $26.6-million $20-million Basketball
#10 Lewis Hamilton $46-million $38-million $8-million Motor Racing
#14 Sebastian Vettel $38.5-million $38-million $500,000 Motor Racing
#20 Fernando Alonso $36-million $34-million $2-million Motor Racing
#93 Jimmie Johnson $21.8-million $16.8-million $5-million Motor Racing
#100 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $21.4-million $13.4-million $8-million Motor Racing

Source: Forbes magazine