10 LIST OF HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.