Top 10 highest paid young athletes in 2021 as Emma Raducanu tipped to earn £1bn

A week may have gone by since it happened, but Emma Raducanu 's sensational victory at the US Open still doesn't really seem real.

The British teenager had to qualify for the tournament in New York, winning three matches before the first round proper, but she didn't even drop a set on the way to a remarkable victory.

The 18-year-old's life has dramatically changed in the space of just a few days, and now – with a business empire believed to be on the way – she is en route to becoming a global superstar capable of amassing a fortune of up to £1billion.

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Raducanu has already begun to see the impact of her success, and it could not be long before she becomes one of the highest earning young sportspeople on the planet.

But who are the athletes currently being paid the most?

We've taken a look at this year's Forbes' list of the 50 highest-paid sportspeople on the planet, and picked out the youngest.

Twenty-six ended up being the cut-off point, showing just how much potential Raducanu now has when it comes to her earning power.

Here are the current top 10, based on this year's earning's alone.

10. Deshaun Watson, 26

Houston Texans NFL quarterback

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £26.7m

Picked up in the first round of the NFL draft in 2017, Watson recovered from injury to lead the Texans to division titles in 2018 and 2019, while he also led the league for passing yards last year.

The Clemson college graduate has been to the Pro Bowl three times, and holds the NFL's highest career completion percentage of all-time.

9. Marlon Humphrey, 25

Baltimore Ravens NFL cornerback

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £27.1m

A prodigious athlete in his youth, Humphrey won a silver medal in 110m hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Championships before going on to concentrate on American Football during his time in college in his native Alabama.

A 16th draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, the cornerback has been named in two Pro Bowl teams.

8. Kylian Mbappe, 22

Paris Saint-Germain and France forward

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £28.9m

One of the world's most sought-after footballers, Mbappe was a key part of the France team which won the World Cup in 2018, back when he was still a teenager.

Despite summer transfer speculation he remains on the books of big spending PSG, but seems certain to leave for Real Madrid upon the expiration of his contract, and he can expect to earn even more in Spain.

7. Max Verstappen, 23

Red Bull Racing F1 driver

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £30.7m

The Belgian-Dutch racing driver was born into a Formula 1 family as the soon of former driver Jos Verstappen, and became the youngest ever F1 racer when he competed in the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at the age of just 17.

Now 23, he is yet to win a world title but has developed an engrossing rivalry with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, with Drivers' Championships expected in his future.

6. Myles Garrett, 25

Cleveland Browns NFL defensive end

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £31.1m

Another NFL star from our list who was picked up in a 2017 draft, Texas A&M graduate Garrett was an accomplished discus thrower in high school before turning his attention to football.

The 6ft 4ins defensive end made the All-Pro first-team in 2020, and has played in two Pro Bowls.

5. Jalen Ramsey, 26

Los Angeles Rams NFL cornerback

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £31.4m

A Tennessee native, cornerback Ramsey played college football for Florida State and then made the expected move to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2016 draft.

However, after three years with the Jaguars a dispute with the team led to a trade to the Los Angeles Rams, where Ramsey has proven himself as one of the best defensive backs in the league.

4. Joey Bosa, 26

Los Angeles Chargers NFL outside linebacker

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £32.1m

Outside linebacker Bosa has featured for the Los Angeles (formerly san Diego) Chargers since 2016, when he was Defensive Rookie of the Year.

As well as his father John and brother Nick both playing in the league, Bosa's grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and great-grandfather all have too. A family business.

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 26

Milwaukee Bucks NBA power forward

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £34m

A true modern global icon of the NBA, Athens-born Antetokounmpo – known throughout the world as Giannis – was picked up by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA draft after he's been spotted in Greece.

After attracting sportswear and gaming endorsements, Antetokounmpo picked up his first NBA Championship earlier this year when he was also named Finals MVP.

2. Patrick Mahomes, 26

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £39.4m

A prodigious baseball player in his youth, Texas-born Mahomes is without doubt one of the leading quarterbacks in the NFL.

Having graduated from Texas Tech, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs in the star-studded 2017 draft, and led them to the 2019 Super Bowl when they got the better of the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, where Mahomes was named MVP.

1. Naomi Osaka, 23

Four-time tennis grand slam winner

2021 earnings (salary/winnings + endorsements): £43.3m

A potential rival to Raducanu on the courts in years to come, Osaka also won her first grand slam at the US Open when she beat Serena Williams in New York in 2018.

A seven-time WTA tour title winner, Osaka's aggressive baseline-based game has won her many fans, with her endorsement deals off the court dwarfing her winnings on it in 2021.

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