Top 10 Richest Athletes In The World

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is often referred to as today’s best soccer player.  He has won the FIFA player of the year award five times and his playing contract is loaded with bonuses for such feats, which help make him one of the highest-paid on the pitch.

Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson, nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 43 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships. He was known as Tiger Woods bitter rival during the 1990s and both of them combined are worth well over $1 billion dollars.

David Beckham

The former Manchester United star and England captain still outstrips the top Premier League earners, despite hanging up his boots five years ago. David has always been a brandable player who has done lots of work outside football to aid his fortunes.

LeBron James

Since he has earned three All-Star honours, gone to two NBA Finals, and cemented his place as one of the all-time basketball greats by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to overcome a 3-1 series deficit and win Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in over 50 years.

According to Forbes, Ronaldo is the second-highest-paid athlete of 2019 with a salary of $65 million on his new team, Juventus.  His lifetime brand deal with Nike that is believed to be worth $1 billion.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Tiger Woods

Tiger was the best golfer the world has ever seen. Winning the U.S. Open Championship by 15 shots, the British Open by 11, the Masters by 12, and the “Tiger Slam” are just a few of the things that separate him from the others. Tiger has made more than $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996 and became the first sports billionaire.

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd has earned himself a whopping $200 million-plus extra endorsements for his bout with UFC superstar Conor McGregor. The Super Fight took place in August of 2017 and ranked among one of the most-watched boxing events ever.

Magic Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a former star of the Los Angeles Lakers. While a Laker he was a 5-time champion and 3-time Finals MVP, Magic was a great of his generation He retired in 1996 and has been extremely successful in his entrepreneurial ventures.

Roger Federer

Federer has amassed over $130 million in total career winnings, but his endorsements and sponsorships with brands, including Rolex and Mercedes-Benz, are what push his net worth to $450 million. In addition, he recently signed a 10-year deal worth $300 million with clothing brand Uniqlo.

Michael Jordan

Regarded by most as the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan has an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion, according to Forbes.  He brought the NBA to life and redefined the nature of what it was like to be a professional basketballer.