The 55 athletes who make the most money per minute, ranked

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Some of the biggest names in sports make millions of dollars in mere minutes, and the very top earners can bring home seven figures in just a few seconds. Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
  • It’s no secret that the world’s most talented athletes earn unfathomable amounts of money each year.
  • Some of the biggest names in sports make millions of dollars in mere minutes, and the very top earners can bring home seven figures in just a few seconds.
  • OLBG analysed the the earnings of the 100 highest-paid athletes of the past 12 months using Forbes’ 2020 list to determine which superstars make the most per minute.
  • Check out rankings of the top 55 athletes who make the most money for each minute they spend competing.
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1. Conor McGregor — $US47,999,976 per minute

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Sport: Mixed Martial Arts

Total earnings: $US32 million

Time competing: 40 seconds


2. Deontay Wilder — $US1,095,238 per minute

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Sport: Boxing

Total earnings: $US46 million

Time competing: 42 minutes


3. Canelo Álvarez — $US1,060,606 per minute

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Sport: Boxing

Total earnings: $US35 million

Time competing: 33 minutes


4. Tyson Fury — $US877,193 per minute

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Sport: Boxing

Total earnings: $US50 million

Time competing: 57 minutes


5. Anthony Joshua — $US631,579 per minute

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Sport: Boxing

Total earnings: $US36 million

Time competing: 57 minutes


6. Kirk Cousins — $US56,863 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US58 million

Time competing: 17 hours


7. Carson Wentz — $US54,020 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US55.1 million

Time competing: 17 hours


8. Jared Goff — $US48,958 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Los Angeles Rams

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US47 million

Time competing: 16 hours


9. Julio Jones — $US41,667 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Position: Wide Receiver

Total earnings: $US37.5 million

Time competing: 15 hours


10. Drew Brees — $US41,389 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: New Orleans Saints

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US29.8 million

Time competing: 12 hours


11. Alexis Sánchez — $US41,275 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Inter Milan

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US24.6 million

Time competing: 9 hours and 56 minutes


12. Paul Pogba — $US37,705 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Manchester United

Position: Midfielder

Total earnings: $US23 million

Time competing: 10 hours and 10 minutes


13. Neymar — $US36,988 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Paris Saint-Germain

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US70.5 million

Time competing: 31 hours and 46 minutes


14. Marcus Mariota — $US34,833 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Las Vegas Raiders

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US20.9 million

Time competing: 10 hours


15. Grady Jarrett — $US34,375 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Position: Defensive Tackle

Total earnings: $US33 million

Time competing: 16 hours


16. Andrus Peat — $US34,242 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: New Orleans Saints

Position: Offensive Guard

Total earnings: $US22.6 million

Time competing: 11 hours


17. Tom Brady — $US32,353 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US33 million

Time competing: 17 hours


18. Michael Thomas — $US30,980 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: New Orleans Saints

Position: Wide Receiver

Total earnings: $US31.6 million

Time competing: 17 hours


19. Darius Slay — $US30,714 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Cornerback

Total earnings: $US25.8 million

Time competing: 14 hours


20. Robert Quinn — $US29,167 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Chicago Bears

Position: Outside Linebacker

Total earnings: $US24.5 million

Time competing: 14 hours


21. Quinnen Williams — $US28,462

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Sport: Football

Team: New York Jets

Position: Defensive End

Total earnings: $US22.2 million

Time competing: 13 hours


22. Ryan Tannehill — $US28,000 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Tennessee Titans

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US25.2 million

Time competing: 15 hours


23. Shaq Thompson — $US27,976 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Carolina Panthers

Position: Outside Linebacker

Total earnings: $US23.5 million

Time competing: 14 hours


24. Lionel Messi — $US27,273 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: FC Barcelona

Position: Midfielder

Total earnings: $US72 million

Time competing: 44 hours


25. Matt Ryan — $US26,667 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US24 million

Time competing: 15 hours


26. Trae Waynes — $US25,104 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Position: Cornerback

Total earnings: $US24.1 million

Time competing: 16 hours


27. Dante Fowler Jr. — $US25,000 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Position: Defensive End

Total earnings: $US24 million

Time competing: 16 hours


28. Amari Cooper — $US24,896 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Wide Receiver

Total earnings: $US23.9 million

Time competing: 16 hours


29. Christian McCaffrey — $US24,479 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Carolina Panthers

Position: Running Back

Total earnings: $US23.5 million

Time competing: 16 hours


30. Philip Rivers — $US23,958 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US23 million

Time competing: 16 hours


31. Arik Armstead — $US23,246 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Position: Defensive Tackle

Total earnings: $US26.5 million

Time competing: 19 hours


32. Calais Campbell — $US22,917 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Position: Defensive End

Total earnings: $US22 million

Time competing: 16 hours


33. Bobby Wagner — $US22,685 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Carolina Panthers

Position: Running Back

Total earnings: $US23.5 million

Time competing: 16 hours


34. Ezekiel Elliott — $US22,188 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Running Back

Total earnings: $US21.3 million

Time competing: 16 hours


35. D.J. Reader — $US21,863 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Position: Defensive Tackle

Total earnings: $US22.3 million

Time competing: 17 hours


36. Paul Millsap — $US21,209 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Denver Nuggets

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US22.8 million

Time competing: 17 hours and 55 minutes


37. Cristiano Ronaldo — $US21,149 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Juventus

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US60 million

Time competing: 47 hours and 17 minutes


38. Mike Conley Jr. — $US20,837 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Utah Jazz

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US24.4 million

Time competing: 19 hours and 31 minutes


39. Derek Carr — $US20,833 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Las Vegas Raiders

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US20 million

Time competing: 16 hours


40. Paul George — $US20,295 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US24.8 million

Time competing: 20 hours and 22 minutes


41. Nick Bosa — $US20,088 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Position: Defensive End

Total earnings: $US22.9 million

Time competing: 19 hours


42. Aaron Rodgers — $US19,537 per minute

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Sport: Football

Team: Green Bay Packers

Position: Quarterback

Total earnings: $US21.1 million

Time competing: 18 hours


43. Karl-Anthony Towns — $US17,270 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Position: Centre

Total earnings: $US20.5 million

Time competing: 19 hours and 47 minutes


44. Gareth Bale — $US16,983 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Real Madrid

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US19.7 million

Time competing: 19 hours and 20 minutes


45. Gordon Hayward — $US16,389 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Boston Celtics

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US24.6 million

Time competing: 25 hours and 1 minute


46. Joel Embiid — $US15,576 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Position: Centre

Total earnings: $US20.7 million

Time competing: 22 hours and 9 minutes


47. Kemba Walker — $US15,452 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Boston Celtics

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US24.6 million

Time competing: 26 hours and 32 minutes


48. Andres Iniesta — $US15,429 per minute

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Sport: Soccer

Team: Vissel Kobe

Position: Midfielder

Total earnings: $US26.6 million

Time competing: 28 hours and 44 minutes


49. Russell Westbrook — $US15,223 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US29 million

Time competing: 31 hours and 45 minutes


50. Kawhi Leonard — $US15,216 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US25 million

Time competing: 27 hours and 23 minutes


51. Chris Paul — $US14,478 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US29 million

Time competing: 33 hours and 23 minutes


52. Kyle Lowry — $US14,203 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Toronto Raptors

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US27 million

Time competing: 31 hours and 41 minutes


53. D’Angelo Russell — $US14,118 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Position: Guard

Total earnings: $US20.5 million

Time competing: 24 hours and 12 minutes


54. Khris Middleton — $US13,975 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US23.1 million

Time competing: 27 hours and 33 minutes


55. LeBron James — $US13,467 per minute

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Position: Forward

Total earnings: $US28.2 million

Time competing: 34 hours and 54 minutes


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