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Four Detroit Athletes Crack Forbes List Of World's Highest Paid

One omission might surprise you.

June 11, 2019 - 6:20 pm
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No, Matthew Stafford is not the highest-paid athlete in Detroit. In fact, he's not even among the top 100 in the world, according to an annual ranking by Forbes.  

Crazy, right? 

Just two years ago, the Lions quarterback signed a five-year, $135 million deal with $92 million gauranteed. But in 2019, he'll take home "just" $19.5 million in salary. 

That pales in comparison to Blake Griffin, who will earn $39.1 million in 2019 -- good for 31st in the world. That's a combination of $32.1 million in salary and $7 million in endorsements. 

After Griffin, Lions newcomer Trey Flowers checks in at No. 57. The defensive end, who signed a five-year, $90 million this offseason, will bring home $30.2 milion in 2019 -- $30 million of which comes in salary. 

Then there's longtime Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera at No. 63. Cabrera has $29.2 million ($28.7 million in salary) coming his way this year. 

Rounding out the list of Detroit sports stars is Andre Drummond, whose $26.4 million income ranks No. 87. His salary accounts for $25.4 million. 

Griffin and Drummond are two of 35 NBA players among the top 100, with LeBron James ($89 million) leading the way. That's the most from a single sport. 

The world's highest-paid athlete this year? Lionel Messi, who will make $127 million ($92 million salary/$35 million endorsements). Fellow soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 million) and Neymar ($105 million) round out the top three. 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($89.5 million) is the highest-paid athlete in America.