Sports require skills and years of practice not everyone can be master of sports. People dedicate their lives to achieve the level in their Sports and that what makes them great. Every sportsperson have gone through hours and hours of hard work to achieve the impossible. To be on the top in any sport is one of the hardest thing to achieve and people who achieve that feat earns in millions.
There are hundred thousand sportsperson who play professional sports but not everyone becomes the king. Only hand full of sportsperson become rich beyond the limits.
They get paid because they have achieved the impossible, they have mastered in their sports. Among many sportsperson who earns millions there are only ten highest paid sportsperson in the world right now. They not just earn via sports they also earn through the endorsements. This top ten highest earning sportsperson list is based on Forbes magazine’s annual “Highest Paid Athlete Report”.
Here is the list of top 10 highest paid sportsperson in the World –
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Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the biggest names in Basketball. He plays for Los Angeles Lakes and have been called as “The Greatest Basketball player”. This 17 time All Star and 5 times NBA Champion has a total earning of $49.5 Million in 2015. Even after many injuries and controversies Kobe is top of his game. His endorsement earning was $26 million. His deal with Nike and many other brands has put him in Top ten highest paid athletes of 2015.
The name which needs no introduction, Tiger Woods is considered as The Greatest Golf Player ever. He is not only the most successful golfer of all time but also the highest paid athlete in the world for seven continuous years until his life turned upside down after her wife exposed him as a serial cheater. He lost all the endorsements overnight but after few years he was again on top of his game. His total earning of year 2015 was $50.6 Million; he earned $50 million from endorsements. He has won 14 major titles winning his first before he turned 20.
Phir Mickelson is a professional American Golfer who has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, 5 Major Championships and he is also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. He is one of the 16 golfers in the history who have at least won three major professional titles in a year. He has spent over 700 weeks in the top-10 official World Golf Ranking. He is known as “Lefty” among Golf fans. His earning through sports was $2.8 million but it’s the endorsement which keeps him in top 10 list, he earned $48 Million through endorsements which took his total earning to $50.8 Million.
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Kevin Durant is an America Basketball player who plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA. This 26 year old player is 6’’9’ in height and has already won NBA scoring titles four times. In 2014 he signed a 10 year deal with NIKE which is estimated $300 Million. He is top of his game and that’s what makes him one of the richest players in the world. He earned $35 Million from endorsement and his total earning in year 2015 is $54.1 Million.
LeBron James is one the best player in Basketball history. He is not on the top of the list but he is highest paid basketball player in the world. LeBron James plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA and has won two NBA Championships and four times NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). His endorsement with NIKE, Kia, Coca-Cola and Beats by Dre has taken him to a higher place. His total earning is $64.8 Million and out of that $44 Million is earned via endorsements.
One of the most famous Athlete in the world, there aren’t anyone who doesn’t know Roger Federer. He is one of the greatest Tennis Player of All Time. This Swiss player has won 17 Grand Slams single titles which are a record and he was on No. 1 position for 302 weeks, another incredible record. Roger Federer is currently No. 3 in the ranking and 2015 was title less for him but he still manages to be in Top 10 Highest Paid Athlete. He has earned $58 Million through endorsements and his total earning was $67 Million.
I don’t think that there would be anyone in the world who doesn’t know Lionel Messi. This Barcelona’s magician is one of the great footballers of all time. Messi is just 27 years old and has achieved more than footballers who are double of his age. He is a direct competition to Christiano Ronaldo. This Argentinean legend is not just top in money he is also top in his game, he has won FIFA Ballon d’Or for record five times, four of them consecutively. He has also helped his team Barcelona wins several titles in Spain and in Europe. He is also Barcelona’s all time op goal scorer. All this abilities and phenomenal talent has given him $73.8 Million out of which $22 million is earned via endorsements. He is unstoppable in football and in earning.
He is arguably one of the most famous football players of all time. Ronaldo is famous for his extra ordinary speed and extra ordinary looks. He is also one of the most stylish footballers in current time. Messi and Ronaldo both are rivals in every field and in earning Ronaldo takes the cake. He pays for Real Madrid and at the time of transfer from Manchester United, he became the World’s most expensive player with transfer fees of $132 million. In 2012 he became the first player to score goal against every team in the league. He not just outdone the footballers in the field he even did that in money game, he is highest paid footballer in the world. His total earning is $79.6 Million which is $6 million more than Leo Messi. He earns around $27 million in endorsements. All his style and his dribble is paying him off well.
Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino Boxer, he was also named as “Fighter of the Decade” by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He also fought a match with Floyd Mayweather which was “highest grossing fight of the recent history”. Even though he lost the fight he became the second highest earning athlete in the world with $160 Million in his pocket. He earns twice as much as Christiano Ronaldo. His earning comes from, wining which contributes $148 Million while he only earns $12 million through endorsements.
Floyd Mayweather was an American professional boxer. He recently retired from professional boxing. He is considered as one the greatest Boxing Legend in recent era. He has fought 49 fights and has won in all of them, 26 with Knock-out. He retired Undefeated. He is a five time world champion. He makes money with more speed than he knocks the other guy in ring. In 2015 he has earned $300 Million, which us double the earning of no. 2 Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather has generated approximately $1,311,000,000 in pay-per-view revenue and 19,530,000 in pay-per-view buys throughout his career, more than another boxer in the history. And maximum of his earning comes from winning just $15 million is earned through endorsements.