Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World

A sport is a great mean of entertainment for the audience and for the players it maybe their passion or life. It takes a lot of hard work and perspiration to become successful in any sport. Only few with the greatest determination and talent grow up to reach the stardom. With success comes the popularity and stardom. That star sportsperson will have millions of admirers, fans from nooks and corners of the world. All of the world recognizes and appreciates their talent. Also, their commercial value will also increase and companies try to capitalise their popularity in marketing their products, so as to reach people easily.

Here we present the list of top 10 richest athletes in the world who are prosperous and have huge assets earned from their sport and marketing:

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant


He is an American professional basketball player. He represented Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He is an 18 time All-Star, 15 time member of the All NBA Team. He holds the record for the most seasons with one franchise for an entire career. He scored 81 points against Toronto Raptors which is the second most points scored in a single game in league’s history. He earned the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2008 and Finals MVP Award in 2009 and 2010 as he led Lakers to two consecutive championships. He has also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008 and 2012 for the US National Basketball team.

9. Jordan Speith

Jordan Speith Top Most Richest Athletes in the World 2018


He is a young, American professional golfer on the PGA tour. He has won two major championships and has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Leading Money winner, PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Awards in 2015. He became the second youngest player in the world to win the Masters, behind Tiger Woods. His earnings are about $52.8 million out of which $32 million is earned by his endorsement contracts. In the year 2016, Time Magazine named Speith in its list of world’s “100 Most Influential People”.

8. Philip Alfred Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson


Popular by his nickname ‘Lefty’, he is an American professional golfer who has won 42 events on the PGA tour that is the 9th all-time best by a player in the history of the sport. He is amongst the 16 golfers in the history to win at least three of the four professional majors. He was named into World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. The U.S Open title has eluded him as he holds the record six time runner up in the major. He has won five major championships, a PGA championship, an Open Championship and three Masters Titles.

7. Cameron Newton

Cameron Newton


He is a popular American football quarterback for Carolina Panthers of NFL. He has the Heisman Trophy, a national championship under his name. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2011 and has been the Pro Bowler three times. He was named to the the NFL All Pro First Team in 2015 and has received numerous awards and honours. He has been getting records in his name since his debut as a rookie quarterback. He has captured the Most Valuable Player honour of NFL in 2015. He is one of the highest paid in the league with an income of about $53 million.

6. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Top Richest Athletes 2018


He is a Serbian Professional tennis player who has won the fourth most Grand Slams in history. Recently, he became the eighth player in the history of tennis to achieve the Career Grand Slam by winning the 2016 French Open. He is the first ever player to win major titles on three different surfaces at once. He also has the record of winning four consecutive ATP World Tour Finals. He has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and thus is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. He is the first all-time leading tennis player in earnings and prize money. His income is said to be about $55.8 million in which $21.8 amounts to his winnings.

5. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant


This American professional basketball player has played for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He has won four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award and an Olympic Gold Medal representing the United States. He has been selected to All-NBA teams six times and All-Star teams seven times. Before playing for the Golden State Warriors, this 6 feet 9 inches player represented Seattle Supersonics and Oklahoma City Thunder.

4. Roger Federer

Roger Federer Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World 2017


He is a Swiss professional tennis player, who often is regarded to be the greatest tennis player of all-time by many. He holds the record for being the World No.1 in ATP Rankings for consecutive 237 weeks. He has won 17 Grand Slam titles and he is the only male player to win five consecutive US Open titles. He has appeared in 27 men’s Singles Grand Slam finals and possesses an all-time record of reaching each Grand Slam final at least five times. . He is the second all-time leader in earnings with about US$ 98,830,825 prize money. His earnings are said to be about $67.8 million where about $60 million is accumulated by endorsements.

3. LeBron James

LeBron James Richest Athletes in the World 2019


He is an American professional basketball player who played for Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat in the NBA. This 6 feet 8 inches player is a small forward specialist. He has won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and two Olympic Gold Medals representing the United States, to name a few. He had led Cleveland to its first final appearance in 2007 and also led Miami Heats on a 27- game winning streak, the third longest streak in the NBA history. He has accumulated huge wealth from numerous endorsement contracts. His earnings are said to be about $77.2 million, where $54 million is earned by endorsements. He is considered one of the greatest in the game and ranked amongst America’s most influential and popular athletes.

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Most Richest Athletes in the World 2017


He is an Argentine forward player who plays for Spanish Club FC Barcelona. He is considered one of the best football players of all time. He is the only player in history to have won five Ballon D’Or Awards with four of them consecutively. With FC Barcelona, he has won eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and four times Copas Del Rey. He had led his country successfully and recently retired from international football after facing defeat in Euro Cup 2016. His salary amounts to about $ 53.4 million, while his endorsement contracts sum up to about $28 million.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo


He is a Portuguese forward player, who plays for Spanish Club Real Madrid and Portugal National Team. He is the most capped player for Portugal and all-time top-scorer for Portugal. He has won four Ballon D’Or Awards and four European Golden Shoe Awards. His transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid saw a transfer fee of about $94 million. He is one of the most marketable athletes in the world as his earnings by endorsements sum up to $32 million. ESPN ranked him as the world’s most famous athlete in 2016.

We were all familiar with all of these richest athletes of 2017, but their asset values were not much known to many. These athletes are considered one of the greatest in their games and have millions of fans all over the world. They have done great feats in their games and are sure to remain as legends of the game forever.

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