We all are fans of different athletes from different sports, we love to watch their game and follow them on social media. They are not mere athletes, but are more like icons to us. Have you ever wondered how much these athletes earn annually? And what other resources is their source of income? We see many athletes doing commercials and social work. They do it to gain media attention which increases their popularity. And popularity and economy is what they are paid for. Let’s have a look at the world’s highest paid athletes by Forbes magazine. Who knows your favorite athlete is in the list.
Floyd Mayweather is an American professional boxer born on 24th February, 1977. He is the only undefeated professional boxer to date. He has been world champion in five divisions and has ten world championships under his name. His boxing record states that he has done a total of forty six fights in which he has not lost a single one. Total wins by KO are 26. None of his match has been drawn ever. According to Forbes magazine, he is the highest paid athlete with the total income of $105 million. He has earns this amount via his winnings and has zero endorsements. The second among world’s highest paid athletes is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Well, who doesn’t know about Ronaldo? He is one of the most popular football players of all times. Ronaldo was included in 100 most influential men by Times magazine. Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer born on 5th February 1985. He currently plays for Real Madrid. He is the first European player to make forty goals in two consecutive years and in one season. He holds various records like most goals scored for Real Madrid in one season. He is the third highly paid footballer, behind David Beckham of Britain and Lionel Messi of Argentina. His combined salary apart from earning through soccer makes him 2nd highest paid athlete, earning $73 million in combined form (including bonuses, off field earnings and endorsements). His total endorsements are $28 million.
Le Bron James is the third most highly paid athlete in the world. James is a professional American basketball player who is currently acting as a free agent. He was born on 30th December, 1984, making hum 29 years of age. According to Forbes Magazine, his pay is 72.3 million US dollars. Total earning from his winning is 19.3 million US dollars apart from his total endorsements which are as much as 53 million US dollars. He has won two gold Olympic medals (2008 Beijing, 2012 London) and one bronze medal (2004 Athens). He also won gold medal in FIBA Americas Championship, 2007 Las Vegas.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is fourth among the world’s highest paid athletes. Messi is a part of national football team of Argentina and Spanish club FC Barcelona. He was born on 24th June 1987, making him 27 years of age. He has been playing forward in his team since 1995. He is the only player on Earth to have top-scored in consecutive four Champions League campaigning. He is the only player in the history of soccer to have won four Ballons d’Or; he is also the only player to have scored most hat-tricks in Champions League. According to Forbes magazine, Messi is the fourth most paid athlete throughout the world. He is paid $41.7 million for being a player. Apart from his winnings and salary, another source of income is endorsement. Latest statistics show that his total endorsements are about $23 million. Total collective wealth makes him one of the highly paid athletes.