Jason Day named Australia’s top earning sportsperson

Beaudesert golfer Jason Day is now Australia’s highest earning sportsperson.

The 2016 Forbes list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes shows football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken over the top two spots.

Day, now golf’s World No.1, sits in the top 100 for the very first time at equal 69th with NBA star Stephen Curry with $US23.6 million ($A31.58 million).


It allowed to him pass Curry’s teammate Andrew Bogut as Australia’s highest-earning athlete.

It has been a stellar 12-month for the 28-year-old with a whopping $US15.1 million ($A20.21 million) made on the golf course, and a further $US8.5 million ($A11.37 million) made in endorsements.

Ronaldo topped the list after earning a massive $US88 million ($A117 million).

Messi wasn’t too far behind (in soccer-realm standards) earning $US7.6 million ($A10.17 million) less than Ronaldo.

It’s the first time in 13 years that either Tiger Woods or now-retired Floyd Mayweather did not hold the No.1 spot.

Mayweather, who held the top spot for the last two years, dropped to 16th.

Woods was in 12th, dropping three places since 2015.