TOP 10 Richest Athletes in the World
Big sport has long been a sphere in which large sums are invested. Fabulous money is spent on equipment, organizing competitions, transfers, building stadiums, and, of course, athletes’ fees. By the way, the latest payments are increasing thanks to advertising contracts and deal with sponsors significantly. Which athlete has earned the most in history? “Championship” decided to find an answer to this question. We hope the numbers don’t make you dizzy.
He was a professional wrestler and then promoted the sport to an incredible level. At the beginning of the 20th century, it seemed that the audience’s interest in fights, where wrestling was combined with work for the public, had gone. McMahon launched tournaments as CEO and Chairman of the Board of WWE, a company that deals with wrestling performances around the world and film, music, clothing, and video games. Vince created an interest in wrestling and then monetized it.
Jordan didn’t make a lot of money directly from basketball. Advertising brought him more money. The collaboration with Nike and the creation of the Nike Jordan brand dominate the US basketball shoe market. Separately, it should be said that in 2010 Michael bought shares of the Charlotte club, and in 2013 he increased the share to 90%. The team is now worth about a billion dollars.
Cyriacus created this state thanks to entrepreneurship, not tennis. However, sports were the first stage of his business. After the end of his career, he managed another tennis player’s financial affairs, Ilie Nastase, who was an intermediary in the conclusion of Boris Becker’s contracts with clothing brands and helped many other athletes, including Marat Safin. Then Ion opened a bank, invested in an insurance company, car dealerships, airlines, and energy. He also created the first sports channel in Romania.
Now Schumacher’s fortune is estimated at a lower amount, but it reached a billion at its peak. Schumacher made $ 50 million a year even when he was not racing. Shell paid him $10 million a year just for wearing a cap with the company’s logo.
Highest paid athlete of the last decade. Just to understand: Mayweather, in one evening, when the fight with McGregor took place, earned $275 million. This is more than Messi, Ronaldo, and LeBron James in the same 2017 – $259 million for three. In 2015, Floyd received $ 240 million after defeating Pacquiao. According to Forbes, it is already inappropriate to talk about the $ 30 million earned from advertising over the entire career.
He doesn’t even need to participate in tournaments, which cannot be said about Messi and Ronaldo continually. The most famous golfer in the world makes more money from advertising than from sports. Since 2002, for 10 years, he has remained the highest-paid athlete in the world. In his best years, Woods received over $100 million a year.
Ronaldo receives less from Juventus: $ 65 million – salary with bonuses. But it works better with sponsors. The Portuguese are the leader in terms of the number of subscribers on Instagram and Facebook. Last year alone, he earned $ 49 million on his account. Add a 10-year contract with Nike, according to which Cristiano receives either $ 18 million a year (according to Football Leaks) or $24 million (according to The Sunday Times).
Messi is the highest-paid footballer in the world. According to Forbes, the Barcelona captain receives $92 million a year from his latest contract. And this is only from the club, and there are also advertising agreements. In principle, Leo could himself support some club from the Spanish championship.
He has received over 100 million in prize money, but more importantly, Federer has already become an elite brand himself. Rolex, Mercedes, Moet &Chandon, Lindt collaborate with him, and until 2018 the foremost outfitter of the athlete was Nike. After that, the tennis player signed a contract with Uniqlo. It was reported that Roger would receive $300 million from the Japanese brand over 10 years. Right, then there was information that only $100 million. And this even though Federer will soon end his career.
Back in 1981, Magic signed a contract with the Lakers for $25 million – this was a record at the time. However, after the end of his career, Johnson became even more prosperous. He invested the money he earned as a basketball player in a number of businesses. Including bought about 5% of Lakers, and also invested in cinemas, fitness clubs, restaurants, and even his own satellite channel.
The athletes who decided to do sport their livelihood ended up becoming professional. In the meantime, some of them stood out from the vast majority, consequently for their unique skills and talents. As a result, these professional sportsmen became popular, earned a lot of money, and achieved sporting glory. Therefore, check out this list of the 10 highest paid and richest athletes in the world released by Forbes, which for the ranking is based on the calculation of salaries, money received for titles, and payment of bonuses and sponsorships for the active athlete.