Sports, our magnificent athletes train their whole lives to compete at the highest levels in their respective sports and usually doing so representing their countries with their flags next to their hearts on their sleeves.
In the meantime masses of people regardless of race or class gathered together to watch these incredible athletes compete, it’s truly a beautiful thing when you look at the whole picture and observe the hard work and dedication. that produces the unity and entertainment for the masses and let’s not forget the other wonderful thing that results from peak performances in sports. a massive paycheck.
We’ll be honoring sports by going through the richest athletes on the planet, the highest-paid athletes in order, we’ll be highlighting the highest paid athletes in each major sport .
FOOTBALL OR SOCCER
If you ask anyone on the street who the highest paid player on the pitches these days, they’ll surely guess one of two players if they have the slightest idea about football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would both be reasonable guesses, but in this case Lionel Messi would be the correct answer.
The little magician is arguably the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of boots.
Many players, coaches and commentators believe Messi to be the greatest football player of all time while others make the case for Pelé, Maradona or even Johan Cruyff. Last year the maestro pulled in a hundred and eleven million dollars. the Portuguese counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo came in close second with a hundred and eight million dollars. from winnings and salary with FC Barcelona, Messi made the majority of his money with 84 million dollars the other 27 million came from endorsements.
The argentinian extended, his contract to 2021 with FC Barcelona ,so we should expect him to remain the king of soccer for at least a couple more years.
And by the way Messi is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.
LeBron James is the highest-paid basketball player in the world as the sport continues to grow on the global scale, so do the paychecks that LeBron collects.
The majority of King James income is from endorsements which makes up an incredible 52 million dollars, his NBA salary also contributes thirty three point five million ( $33 million ) to his total of eighty five point five million dollars ( $85.5 million ) earned in a single year.
LeBron sponsorships include Beats headphones coca-cola specifically incredibly effective sprite commercials , clear and of course Nike .
Nike produces LeBron signature shoe line which by itself has made the athlete millions.
LeBron is another athlete in the middle of the always controversial goat question. let me know in the comments who you think the greatest basketball player of all time .
The highest-paid athletes of the world’s is verrat who is just the 83rd highest-paid athlete.
Virat’s performance in cricket earned him 24 million dollars last year, but don’t let that relatively low salary fool you, Virat’s 25 million plus twitter followers are only eclipsed by all, but three active athletes in other sports.
So the cricket star doesn’t lack in the popularity category in released just four million of his income is from his cricket salary while the other 20 million come from endorsements.
Verrat was the first Indian national to endorse UBER and his other endorsements include Pepsi Aldi and Oakley.
Tennis is a global sport with over a billion fans making it the fourth most popular sport in the world and the beautiful face of the sport none other than Switzerland national Roger Federer.
Federer made a modest talbott remarkable for his age twelve point two million dollars ( $12.2 million ) from his winnings in tennis matches in addition to that the tennis star made 65 million dollars from endorsements, the reason for this massive pot from sponsorships is in part due to the widespread popularity of tennis across the globe and the somewhat fabulous image their tennis emits.
Federer’s endorsements include the likes of beautiful brands such as Rolex, NetJets and mercedes-benz these upscale companies not only dec the Swiss athlete with watches, private jets and cars but they also pay millions to keep his endorsement.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Boxing is home to the world’s highest paid athlete of last year and the highest paid celebrity of that.
Floyd Mayweather Jr pulled in an outrageous ( $285 million dollars ) from his fight with Conor McGregor alone, keep in mind when assessing the salary of an athlete, the time span does not refer to a calendar year but rather June to June.
The business savvy Mayweather not only won the mega fight but he was also the promoter this combination allowed him to make more than double the second highest paid athlete in Lionel Messi. And if we’re discussing Mayweather we might as well point out his opponent in that fight who is himself the fourth highest-paid athlete of that year.
The notorious Conor McGregor made just under a hundred million dollars last year for the several minutes he spent in the ring with Floyd and since technically McGregor is a mixed martial artist you can go ahead and throw him at the top of that category, for both Mayweather and McGregor the vast majority of their earnings are from winnings from that fight .
Floyd gained only ten million in endorsements his adversary garnered 14 million.
Hamilton won his fourth Formula One title in 2017 and with that he managed to pull in 51 million dollars for himself.
The young driver is the best in his sport and got the attention of several companies that he now endorses including Sony Monster Energy, Puma and tommy hilfiger .
The British racer pulled in nine million dollars from endorsements last year and earned himself the number 12 spot on the list of highest-paid athletes.
Baseball the sport has seen better years in popularity in the states, but is as popular as ever in Japan.
Clayton Kershaw leads his peers in the national pastime with thirty four point five million dollars ( $34.5 million ) earned last year.
he is still going strong , On top of that the Dodgers pitcher also gains just under a million dollars a year from sponsorships and was the 37th highest-paid athlete of last year.