10 LIST OF HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES

10.LEWIS HAMILTON

Sport: Auto Racing         Pay:$46M          Salary:$38M          Endorsements:$8M


Three-time formula one champion and the youngest driver ever to lead the world championship. Being considered as one of the best in the sport is just another milestone in his big list of achievements. He has been awarded the sportsman of the year for two consecutive edition of British GQ. Hamilton signed with Mercedes AMG Petronas for the 2013 season and since is racing up on his career ladder.

9.JAMES HARDEN

Sport: basketball          Pay:$46.6M          Salary:$26.6M          Endorsements:$20M


Known for the position of the best shooting guard, Harden is one of the most spawning scorers in the NBA as well as one of the finest players in the league. He plays for the Houston Rockets and was awarded the first national basketball players association MVP award, voted by his mates as the most valuable player.

8.STEPHEN CURRY

Sport: basketball         Pay:$47.3M          Salary:$12.3M          Endorsements:$35M


The golden state warrior champion who led the team to a league record of 73 wins in 2015 is famed for his shooting accuracy. Curry was voted the MVP award by a unanimous vote. He has harvested attention by his interesting playing techniques. Many players and analysts consider him the best shooter in the NBA history.

7.RORY MCILROY

Sport: golf          Pay:$50M          Salary:$16M          Endorsements:$34M


Rory McIlroy became the youngest golfer to secure his European Tour card and comes third in the list of winning three majors by the age of 25. He is one of the most organic golfers and is a four-time major champion, winning the 2011 U.S open. He has been named twice as the  RTE sportsperson of the year and the current face of EA Sports PGA Tour series of games, successfully replacing Tiger Woods.

6.ANDREW LUCK

Sport: football          Pay:$50M          Salary:$47M          Endorsements:$3M


Placed in the line with LeBron James and Bryce Harper as “the most hyped amateurs in the recent memory of sports”, Andrew has made his way to big leagues. Primarily know for passing he has also secured position to be called as an elite running quarterback and led the  Indianapolis Colts to the second-largest playoff comeback in NFL history.

5.KEVIN DURANT

Sport: basketball          Pay:$60.6M          Salary:$26.6M          Endorsements:$34M


Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, NBA Finals MVP Award, NBA All-Star Game MVP, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals. He has also established himself as one of the highest earning basketball players in the world. He earlier played for Seattle Supersonics and has been relocated to Oklahoma City. After his rookie season, he became on of the most valuable players to the Golden State Warriors.

4.ROGER FEDERER

Sport: tennis          Pay:$64M          Salary:$6M          Endorsements:$58M


Regarded as one of the greatest male tennis players of all time. he has been in the top 10 tennis players since 2002. Federer tops the ATP ranking list for the most Grand Slam titles won by a male tennis player, by winning 18 Grand Slams. He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four continuous years from 2005 to 2008.

3.LIONEL MESSI

Sport: soccer          Pay:$80M          Salary:$53M          Endorsements:$27M


An Argentine professional footballer who plays forward for the Spanish football club of FC Barcelona and the national team of Argentina is often regarded as the greatest footballer of all times. Scoring most goals in the La Liga, he has earmarked success and is both a copious goalscorer and a prodigal strategist. He went on to become the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named the young player of the tournament.

2. LEBRON JAMES

Sport: basketball          Pay:$86.2M          Salary:$31.2M          Endorsements:$55M


The poster boy for basketball has four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. This Cleveland Cavaliers star player went on to be one of America’s most influential and popular athletes. James has racked up on wealth and fame from numerous endorsement contracts.

1. CRISTIANO RONALDO

Sport: soccer          Pay:$93M          Salary:$58M          Endorsements:$35M


Named as the best soccer player of all times, Ronaldo has his fair share of titles and awards.He has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes. Titled as the most marketable sportsmen, he was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017, as well as the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN in 2016 and 2017.