Check out the below list of Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Players in The World by 2017, Sports! Everyone loves sports. One may like Tennis, other Football, another cricket and so on. But people like sports. They want their favourite teams to win. Similarly owners of the teams or countries need their players to win. So they hire top class players to play for their club and they are ready to pay lots of money also. The best players must be paid more. They are worth the money they are paid.
Here is a list of highest paid sports players in the world. The players are distributed over many sports. Go through the list to know more.
Here is the list of Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Players in The World
10. KOBE BRYANT – $50 MILLION
Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 23 1978. He plays as the shooting guard for Los Angeles Lakers. He is also a businessman. He has played for Los Angeles Lakers from the starting of his career, that is for 20 years. That is a record in NBA. Bryant is a 15 time member of All – NBA team, 18 time all star and is a part of All – defensive team for 12 times. He has won total of 5 NBA championships with Los Angeles Lakers.
9. JORDAN SPIETH – $52.8 MILLION
Jordan Alexander Spieth was born in Dallas, Texas, U.S. on 27th July 1993. He is a former world number 1. He has won 2015 FedEx cup and a 2 time major winner. He plays in the PGA tour. He became a pro golfer at the age of 19. The 2 major tournaments won are Masters Tournament in 2015 and US open in 2015 with a margin of 4 strokes and 1 stroke respectively.
8. PHIL MICKELSON – $52.9 MILLION
Phil Alfred Mickelson was born in California on June 16, 1970. He is also known by the name lefty, the name given for him due to his left handed swing. He is a winner of 5 major championships and a total of 42 events in PGA tour. The 5 majors he is entitled are 3 masters titles, PGA championship and one Open championship. He has not won a US open yet. For a record of 6 times, Phil has finished second in US open. His career best ranking is 2nd and has held positions in top 10 for a time span of over 700 weeks. In May 2012, he was included in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
7. CAM NEWTON – $53.1 MILLION
Cam Jerell Newton was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 11, 1989. He plays as quarterback for Carolina Panthers of National Football league. He is the only one player from modern era to win Heisman trophy, national championship. He has become pro bowler for 3 times, NFL offensive Rookie of the year in 2011, most valuable player and offensive player, Bert Bell Award winner in 2015. He broke all time NFL records for rushing and passing yards in his rookie year.
6. NOVAK DJOKOVIC – $55.8 MILLION
Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia on 22 May 1987. He is the current number 1 in men’s singles Tennis. His match winning rate 83% is the best in the open era. He has won Australian open for 6 times, French open once, Wimbledon for 3 times and US open twice. He is an all court player and is very widely known for his backhand down the line. He is agile, aggressive, has good defensive abilities. His serves are his powerful weapons with his groundstrokes being penetrating and consistent.
5. KEVIN DURANT – $56.2 MILLION
Kevin Wayne Durant was born in Washington D.C. on 29th September 1988. He plays as small forward for Golden State Warriors of NBA. He is a former player of Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder from 2007 – 2016. He was NBA’s most valuable player in 2014, 7 times NBA all star, 5 times member of all NBA first team, 4 times NBA scoring champion and many others. He represented US team in London and Rio De Janeiro Olympics and has won gold. In world championships in 2010, he won gold. He is one among the world’s Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Players 2017.
4. ROGER FEDERER – $67.8 MILLION
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland on 8 August 1981. He is the present number 9 in world Tennis men’s singles. He is regarded as the best tennis player of all time. He is a record holder of the open era winning 17 grand slam titles; reaching each grand slam finals at least for 5 times, being world no. 1 for 302 weeks and reaching the finals of Wimbledon for 10 times. He has won Australian open for 4 times, French Open once, Wimbledon for 7 times and US open for 5 times. He has won world tour finals for 6 times.
3. LEBRON JAMES – $77.2 MILLION
LeBron Raymone James was born at Akron, Ohio on December 30, 1984 and plays as small forward for Cleveland Cavaliers of NBA. He is a 3 time NBA champion, 3 time Finals MVP, 4 time most valuable player, 12 time NBA all star, 2 time all star MVP, 10 time member of NBA first team and was the scoring champion in 2008. He has represented US team in Athens Olympics winning bronze and in Beijing and London Olympics winning gold.
2. LIONEL MESSI – $81.4 MILLION
Lionel Andres Messi was born at Rosario, Argentina on 24 June 1987. He plays as forward for Barcelona FC and Argentina national team. He is considered as the best player in the world and is my favourite. He has won 5 FIFA Ballons d’Or and is the only football player to do so. He is also the first to win European Golden Shoes. He is super fast, agile and can change direction quickly due to his short stature. He is a left footed player but uses his right foot as well. He can dribble the ball at great speeds without losing the control over it.
1. CRISTIANO RONALDO – $88 MILLION
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal on 5 February 1985. He plays as a forward for Real Madrid and also captains Portugal national team. He has won 3 FIFA Ballons d’Or and 4 European Golden Shoes. He is also widely regarded as the best player of the world.
This was the list of the Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Players in The World 2017. These players are one of the best in the world and have a high fan following. They have dedicated themselves to the respective sports they play. Their hard work and creativity have bought the players to these heights and their top class skills are noted and are paid fortunes.