Fury eyes Forbes rich list after signing deal ‘better than Ronaldo and Neymar’s’
TYSON FURY wants to become the world’s highest-paid sports star after signing a deal in Saudi Arabia “that blows Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Neymar’s out the water”.
The WBC heavyweight world champion returns to the ring on October 28 in Saudi against Francis Ngannou.
And Ronaldo and Neymar could both be there to see it as their careers are now based in the Middle East.
Both traded top-flight European football after being prised over to the Saudi Super League.
But unbeaten Fury claimed their wages are nothing compared to what he has coming his way.
In an exclusive interview with SunSport, he said: “They’re paying big money, everything they get involved in is big.
“And I believe I’ve just done the biggest boxing deal ever to be done in the history of boxing with them.
“I’m not at liability to talk about numbers but let’s just say the bag is big, mighty f***ing big. But will it change me? Not really.
“Still got the Crocs and the packed lunches from Asda, not too shabby mush!”
Asked if it was just a one-fight deal, Fury, 35, replied: “Can’t say but it’s the biggest boxing deal ever done in history.
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“You know like all these big football deals, Ronaldo and Neymar and whoever else they’re trying to deal with, blows all that out of the water. Big, big, big.”
Ronaldo, 38, was the first to make the controversial move after joining Al-Nassr when he left Manchester United.
He is believed to be on a £3.3million-per-WEEK contract which equates to £173MILLION yearly.
It saw Ronaldo top Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes in 2023, with boxer Canelo Alvarez, 33, fifth on the list with £88.7m banked.
Neymar, 31, walked out on PSG in the summer for Al-Hilal and is said to be on wages of around £2.5m-a-week.
Fury boxed just twice last year, stopping Dillian Whyte, 35, and Derek Chisora, 39, and it saw him slip outside Forbes’ top 50 list.
But in 2022, he was placed in 15th after making £50m.
All these big football deals, Ronaldo and Neymar and whoever else they’re trying to deal with, blows all that out of the water.
Tyson Fury on his boxing deal
Fury welcomes former UFC champ Ngannou, 37, over to the boxing ring for their crossover clash in Riyadh.
It gives him little time to welcome his seventh child into the world with wife Paris.
Fury has won every belt there is in boxing and insisted unifying all four against rival Oleksandr Usyk, 36, is of no interest to him.
Instead, he wants to top Forbes’ sports rich list like UFC legend Conor McGregor did in 2021 and boasted he is a year or two away from it.
Fury said: “I wanna top the Forbes list.
“And I’ll probably do that this year, or next year. Sports’ No1 earner of all sports, that’s me. That’s the only thing I want to do.
“Conor did well out of his career, earned a lot of money fair play to the man, and I want to top that sports list as well now.”