With so many big names in the sports industry right now, from worldwide Wimbledon tennis stars to famous footballers to star swimmers, the list is endless… But who is being paid the most for their relentless work? Read on to find out just who the highest paid athletes in the world are right now.
But before we tell you who the wealthiest athletes are, why not try your hand at guessing for yourself? Or if that’s too hard take a look at our list and see how many you can remember!
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million (Football, Portugal)
Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list of highest earners in the world right now. The 32 year old Real Madrid forward has been with his club for quite some time having scored over 400 goals for them in his reign there. Not only does Ronaldo’s big income come from his talent for football but also all the endorsements he takes on. Having collaborated with KFC, Tag Heuer and many more, it’s no wonder he’s at the top of our list.
2. LeBron James, $86.2 million (Basketball, U.S.)
Another big name on this list, American basketball player LeBron James is the second highest sports earner in the world right now. Currently playing for the Celeveland Cavaliers, James is a national treasure to most sports fans across the pond! Did you know LeBron himself has even appeared in several films, including 2015’s Trainwrecked with Amy Schumer, and of course the sequel to the iconic 1996 flick, Space Jam.
3. Lionel Messi, $80 million (Football, Argentina)
Argentinian footballer, Lionel Messi, currently plays for Barcelona and has done since 2004. As an Argentinian when it comes to national football, of course he plays for his country. Having scored an impressive 349 goals for his team, it’s no surprise that he’s a top earner. Making his debut at the tender age of seventeen, Messi was the third youngest footballer to ever play for big time club, Barcelona FC. He was also the youngest person to ever score for the team.
4. Roger Federer, $64 million (Tennis, Switzerland)
Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer is one of the biggest name’s in tennis right now so it’s expected that he’d slip in at number four. Having won a men’s record of 18 Grand Slam single titles, at 35 he’s had an impressive career. Since going pro in 1998 he’s continuously ranked in the top ten until November 2016. Right now, Federer is ranked number 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He also held the number 1 spot in the world ATP rankings for an incredible record of 302 weeks!
5. Kevin Durant, $60.6 million (Basketball, U.S.)
Another basketball player, Kevin Durant is the last on this top 5 of highest ranking sports earners. Playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, Durant is just 28 but has already made a big name for himself in his industry. Before he began playing professionally, Durant was widely regarded as the second most promising high school prospect of 2006 – just look at him now!
The earnings listed above span from 1st June 2016 to 1st June 2017 and encompass salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.