Matt Ryan Reaches Top 10 Of Forbes’ 2018 List Of Richest Athletes

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan /

Matt Ryan made Forbes’ 2018 list of richest athletes after his huge new contract this offseason.

Forbes released their list of highest paid athletes for 2018 and Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan made the cut at No. 9. Ryan secured a huge contract this offseason, as it was a five-year, $150 million deal. Ryan is now averaging $30 million per year. Forbes had Ryan at $67.3 million.

Floyd Mayweather reached the top of the list at $285 million. Lionel Messi was second at $111 million and Cristiano Ronaldo was third at $108 million.

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Ryan has been well worth the money for the Falcons. He was the 2016 NFL MVP and led Atlanta to the Super Bowl. He also became the fastest QB to reach 40,000 career passing yards last season. He also helped Atlanta become the only 2016 NFC playoff team to return to the playoffs last season.

Ryan did regress in 2017, but was still one Julio Jones missed catch away from beating the soon-to-be Super Bowl Champion Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. Atlanta addressed needs in the offseason, such as Guard, by bringing in Brandon Fusco, Tight End Logan Paulsen, and drafting explosive Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley from Alabama. The question at Defensive Tackle was also answered by drafting Deadrin Senat out of South Florida.

Matt Ryan has been making an impact for the Falcons since he stepped on the field for them in 2008. This was Ryan’s second $100+ million contract and he’s been worth every penny.

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At this point in his career, Ryan is a sure Hall of Famer, but a Super Bowl win would seal the deal on that. He should also he regarded as the best athlete to ever put on a Falcons uniform.