The list which is top by Real Madrid super star Cristiano Ronaldo $88 million followed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi $81.4 million marks the second time an individual from a team sport lead the Forbes rankings since they began in 1990.
Bolt earned a total of $30 million from endorsements deals and $2.5 million in salary/winning which brought is total earnings for 2016 to $32.5 million and placed him at number 32 on the list.
Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Puma is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10 million a year.
According to Forbes Bolt is the Jamaican sprinter is in a class by himself in terms of his marketing prowess and can only be compared to global icons like Messi, LeBron and Ronaldo.