Comparing the World's highest-paid athletes of 1995 vs. 2015

Forbes has been tracking the world’s highest-paid athletes since 1990. We wondered how the salaries of today compared to those of 20 years ago, so we took Forbes’ data and made it a little easier to digest. 

All figures reflect total earnings, which includes salary, bonuses, and endorsements. 

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Adjusted for inflation only three athletes from 1995 would make the Top 20 in 2015: Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, and Deion Sanders.

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The following graphic reflects the rise of International Football, and the slide (no pun intended) of Major League Baseball

In 1995 there were 9 sports represented in the Top 20 highest-paid athletes in the world. 

In 2015 there are 7 sports represented in the Top 20 highest-paid athletes in the world. Gone is Hockey and Auto Racing (NASCAR). 

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