Steven Adams named to Forbes' athlete Rich List

Adams. Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi basketball star Steven Adams has again been named in the top 100 of Forbes' prestigious Rich List for athletes.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre's 2018 earnings of $NZ41.3 million put him at No. 78 on the list, above the likes of five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and Liverpool star Mo Salah.

In 2018, Adams was ranked 86th.

The 2018-19 NBA season was the second in Adams' four year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $151 million.

In the 2019-20 season, his base salary was expected to increase from NZ$36.6 million to NZ$39.2 million, with a further increase in the final year of his deal.

The top three was comprised of – in order - football mega-stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar.

Tennis great Serena Williams was the only woman to feature on the list, ranking at 63rd. 

Top 10 highest paid athletes ($NZ):

Lionel Messi - football ($192m)
Cristiano Ronaldo - football ($165m)
Neymar - football ($159m)
Canelo Alvarez - boxing ($142m)
Roger Federer - tennis ($141m)
Russell Wilson - American football ($135.9m)
Aaron Rodgers - American football ($135.6m)
LeBron James - basketball ($135.1m)
Stephen Curry - basketball ($121.2m)
Kevin Durant - basketball ($99.3m)