10.Lewis Hamilton ($46 M)

Lewis Hamilton is a British F1 racer who races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. Lewis is three-times Formula One World Champion, regarded as the most significant F1 driver in the history of the sport. Hamilton is also the only one driver in the past to have won at least one Grand Prix in every season. He had total earning of  $46 million along with $38 million salary & $8 million endorsements.

  • Sport– Auto Racing
  • Nation– England
  • Salary– $38 M
  • Endorsements– $8 M
  • Sponsors– Monster Energy, Puma, Bose, L’Oreal Group

9.James Harden ($46.6 M)

James Harden
#9 James Harden

James Harden is one of the biggest names in the NBA today. In this year of July, he signed the biggest contract in the history of NBA. His 4-year of augmentation with the Rockets is going to pay an average of $58 million per year & a total of $228 million. His strong play and unique style made him one of the NBA’s most marketable players.

  • Sport– Basketball
  • Nation– United States
  • Salary– $26.6 M
  • Endorsements– $20 M
  • Sponsors– New Era, Beats Electronics, BodyArmor, Foot Locker, BBBA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, Adidas

8.Stephen Curry ($47.3 M)

Stephen Curry
#8 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is an American basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of NBA. Many analysts & players called him shooter in NBA history. He is two times NBA champion and awarded as NBA’s most valuable player. NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement allows the Warriors to pay him more than $200 million over 5-years.

  • Sport– Basketball
  • Nation– United States
  • Salary– $12.3 M
  • Endorsements– $35 M
  • Sponsors– Chase, eHi Car Rental, Under Armor, Fanatics

7.Rory McIlroy ($50 M)

Rory McIlroy
#7 Rory McIlroy

McIlroy is a Northern Irish professional golf player who is the member of both PGA & European Tours. He is 4-time major-champion. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks. Accountants, his book value exceeds 400 million dollars. He replaced Tiger Woods as a face of ‘EA’ golf video game in 2005.

  • Sport– Golf
  • Nation– Northern Ireland
  • Salary– $16 M
  • Endorsements– $34 M
  • Sponsors– Omega, Upper Deck, Nike, EA, TaylorMade

6.Andrew Luck ($50 M)

Andrew Luck
#6 Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is an American footballer for Indianapolis Colts of NFL. He was named Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 conference in 2010 and 2011. As 2016 increase deal for $124 million added the bonus part of $32 million for signing which made Luck the highest paid NFL player based on average income.

  • Sport– American Football
  • Nation– United States
  • Salary– $47 M
  • Endorsements– $3 M
  • Sponsors– Panini, BodyArmor, Upper Deck, Nike

 5.Kevin Durant ($60.6 M)

Kevin Durant
#5 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is top-scorer American professional basketball player, who played for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Nike.inc signed Durant to a ten-year extension in 2014 worth $300 million. He shocked the sports world when he left Oklahoma City to sign a 2-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.He had total earning of  $60.6 million along with $26.6 million salary & $34 million endorsements.

  • Sport– Basketball
  • Nation– United States
  • Salary– $26.6 M
  • Endorsements– $34 M
  • Sponsors– Nike, Acorns, Panini, 2K Sports, Beats Electronics, BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya

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4.Roger Federer ($64 M)

Roger Federer
#4 Roger Federer

Roger Federer is a highest paid tennis player in the world with total earning of $64 million. Federer is currently ranked No.3 in men’s singles tennis by the ATP. Federer has won 8 Wimbledon titles, 5 Australian Open titles, one French open & a record five consecutive US Open. His eponymous foundation has donated $30 million to educational programs in Africa.

  • Sport– Tennis
  • Nation– Switzerland
  • Salary– $6 M
  • Endorsements– $58 M
  • Sponsors– Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Credit Suisse Group, Wilson Sporting Goods, NetJets

3.Leonel Messi ($80 M)

Leonel Messi
#3 Leonel Messi

Leo Messi is arguably one of the greatest football players to have walked the earth & at just 28 years ago. Barcelona’s star player Messi is the only player in history to win five Fifa Ballon d’Or Awards four of which he won consequently. Messi has won 30 trophies with Barcelona, including eight La Liga, five Copas del Rey, and four UEFA titles. He has endorsement deals with Air Europa, Pepsi, & Dolce that are worth $8 million a year to him.

  • Sport– Soccer
  • Nation– Argentina
  • Salary– $53 M
  • Endorsements– $27 M
  • Sponsors– Adidas, Gatorade, Huawei Technologies, Tata Motors

2.LeBron James ($86.2 M)

LeBron James
#2 LeBron James

Lebron James, an American professional basketball player, has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards & two Olympic gold medals. James is not just a basketball player but has become a global brand. His lifetime deal with Nike.inc could get him to $1 billion. Currently, he is the highest paid basketball player in the world with earnings of $86.2 million.

  • Sport– Basketball
  • Nation– United States
  • Salary– $31.2 M
  • Endorsements– $55 M
  • Sponsors– Beats Electronics, Coca-Cola, Nike, Intel, Kia Motors, Verizon Communications

1.Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 93 M)

highest paid athletes
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Star player of Real Madrid, Cristiano four-time Ballon  d’Or winner, having broken the 50- goal marks six seasons in a row and his earning match his success. He has won 22 trophies in his career, including five league titles & one UEFA Europian Championship. Cristiano is the best, and most marketable footballer in the world. CR7 is the worlds most popular athlete in the world with over 300 million social media followers. With the total earning of $93 million he is the highest paid athlete in the world.

  • Sport– Soccer
  • Nation– Portugal
  • Salary– $58 M
  • Endorsements– $35 M
  • Sponsors– Nike, Tag Heuer, Abbott Laboratories, Herbalife

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