Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has landed fourth on a list of the highest-earning athletes under the age of 25 by Sportico. The sports business website ranked the Dutchman at No. 4 behind Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, tennis star Naomi Osaka and NFL quarterback Josh Allen.
Verstappen inked a bumper new five-year deal to stay with Red Bull through the 2028 season, although final numbers are disputed. The Guardian had previously reported the world champion was worth £40 million annually whereas Sportico pin it at just £31.4m.
As a result of the Dutchman’s contract, he now sits alongside Lewis Hamilton as the best-paid driver in F1. The seven-time world champion recently dropped out of the acclaimed Forbes list of the top 10 highest-earning sportspeople in the world after coming in at eighth in 2021.
Verstappen’s total income is estimated by Sportico at £19m less than Buffalo Bills star Allen in the list of the world’s top earning athletes under the age of 25, while he earned £5m less than Mbappe and £8m less than Osaka. Jake Paul, who switched YouTube for boxing, comes in at sixth on the list after earning £29.6m when accounting for salary and endorsements.
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Verstappen is not the only F1 driver aged below 25 who is impressing on the track and getting paid handsomely for it, as McLaren’s Lando Norris earns an estimated £20m per year while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc – who is leading the Drivers’ Championship in 2022 – is paid £9.8m. Elsewhere, Lance Stroll of Aston Martin earns £8.1m.
Mercedes’ George Russell and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon each earn £4.1m for their efforts, while Haas’ Mick Schumacher and Alfa Romeo rookie Guanyu Zhou take in £816,000 per season. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda is the lowest-paid driver on the grid with a salary of £615,000.
The Sportico Top 10 Highest-Paid Sportspeople Under-25:
10. Jayson Tatum (NBA) – £20.4 salary + £4m endorsements = £24.4m total
9. Donovan Mitchell (NBA) – £20.6m salary + £5.6m endorsements = £26.2m total
8. Trevor Lawrence (NFL) – £20m salary + £6.5m endorsements = £26.5m total
7. Devin Booker (NBA) – £23m salary + £5.6m endorsements = £20.8m total
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6. Jake Paul (Boxing) – £24m salary + £5.6m endorsements = £29.6m total
5. Marshon Lattimore (NFL) – £33m salary + £80,000 endorsements = £33.8m total
4. Max Verstappen (F1) – £31.4m salary + £3.2m endorsements = £34.6m total
3. Kylian Mbappe (Football) – £25.6m salary + £13.7m endorsements = £39.3m total
2. Naomi Osaka (Tennis) – £97,000 salary + £42m endorsements = £42.1m total
1. Josh Allen (NFL) – £50.3m salary + £3.2m endorsements = £53.5m total
The 22-race F1 2022 campaign – which is expected to return to a record 23 races in the near future once a Russian Grand Prix replacement is found – continues with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on May 22.