Six Boston stars on Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list

Kyrie Irving has annual income of $43.3 million, according to Forbes.
Kyrie Irving has annual income of $43.3 million, according to Forbes.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2018/Globe Staff

Forbes released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid professional athletes on Tuesday and six Boston stars cracked the global top 100, with Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving coming in as the best-compensated player in the city.

Irving’s annual earnings are listed at $43.3 million — $20.3 million in salary, and $23 million in endorsements — putting him at No. 25 in the athlete ranking.

Celtics forwards Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are also on the list, sitting at No. 40 and No. 49 respectively. Hayward makes $34.3 million per year, while Horford makes $32 million.

Horford’s numbers leave him just a shade ahead of David Price, the highest-paid player on the Red Sox roster. Price comes in at No. 50 on the list, making $31.7 million per year. He’s joined by teammate J.D. Martinez, whose annual earnings of $25.6 million place him at No. 94.


The only Patriot in the top 100 is Tom Brady, who makes $27 million a year and sits at No. 81. The 41-year-old did rank near the top in one metric on the list — he’s the third-oldest athlete in the top 100 behind golfers Tiger Woods, 43, and Phil Mickleson, 48.

The top three spots in the rankings are all held by soccer players: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is first at $127 million, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo at $109 million, and Paris Saint-German forward Neymar at $105 million.

Three former Boston athletes also appeared on the list: ex-Patriots Brandin Cooks and Trey Flowers at Nos. 37 and 57 and former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester at No. 96.

Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.