Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes In the World 2017

Sportsmen and their lives have always fascinated the masses. People always want to peep into their lives so as to see how their idols lifestyle. Some sportsmen have GOD like status and are revered by fans all over the world. The big brands jump in to encash the popularity of sports-person and in the mean time pay astronomical money to these athletes. When you will have a look at the big buck that your favourite sports person makes you will be bamboozled, to say the least. Unfortunate for cricket fans, but there isn’t a single cricketer in the list of top 50 highest paid athletes in the world.

With football (Soccer) being the most followed sport in the world it was beyond doubt that the top 2 positions in the in the top-earning list goes to two top footballers. With Cristiano Ronaldo leading the pack with a total of $88 million, he is closely followed by his great rival Lionel Messi. The magical Argentine gets $53.4 million from FCB for showing his magic and the sponsors such as Adidas pay him $28 million for endorsing them.

Highest Paid Athletes In the World

The other footballers in the world’s top 50 highest paid athletes list include Messi’s Barca teammate Neymar who leads his luxurious life by earning $37.5 million. Then there is also Zlatan, the big Swede is 23rd on the list with an earning of $37.4 million. Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney are the other football superstars on the list. The Real Madrid Superstar Bale is 25th  on the list and Englishman Rooney caps off the list at 50.

The third on the list is NBA superstar Le Born James. The superstar is a cult figure in Cleveland and the former Miami Heat star earns $77.2 million. Kevin Durant is the other NBA star in the top 5 of the list. Durant is 5th on the list with $56.2 million. The top 5 is completed by the Swiss great Roger Federer. The tennis legend earned a staggering $67.8 million despite being out of action for the past 6 months.

The fastest man on the planet also features in the world’s top 50 highest paid athletes list. The Jamaican legend is 32nd on the list and earns $32.5 million. The other famous men on the list are Novak Djokovic on 4th, Nadal on 21st and Lewis Hamilton on 11th. The only female on this illustrative list is the American Serena William who is in the 40th spot. Let’s see the top 50 highest paid athletes in the world.

Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes In the World

RANK PLAYERS SALARY ENDORSEMENT   TOTAL SPORTS
1 Cristiano Ronaldo $56 M $32 M $88 M Football
2 Lionel Messi $53.4 M $28 M $81.4 M Football
3 LeBron James $23.2 M $54 M $77.2 M Basketball
4 Roger Federer $7.8 M $60 M $67.8 M Tennis
5 Kevin Durant $20.2 M $36 M $56.2 M Basketball
6 Novak Djokovic $21.8 M $34 M $55.8 M Tennis
7 Cam Newton $41.1 M $12 M $53.1 M Rugby
8 Phil Mickelson $2.9 M $50 M $52.9 M Golf
9 Jordan Spieth $20.8 M $32 M $52.8 M Golf
10 Kobe Bryant $25 M $25 M $50 M Basketball
11 Lewis Hamilton $42 M $4 M $46 M Racing
12 Tiger Woods $274 K $45 M $45.3 M Golf
13 Eli Manning $37 M $8 M $45 M Rugby
14 Joe Flacco $44 M $500 K $44.5 M Rugby
15 Tom Brady $36.1 M $8 M $44.1 M Rugby
16 Floyd Mayweather $32 M $12 M $44 M Boxing
17 Rory McIlroy $7.6 M $35 M $42.6 M Golf
18 Russell Wilson $31.8 M $10 M $41.8 M Rugby
19 Sebastian Vettel $40 M $1 M $41 M Racing
20 Philip Rivers $37.5 M $450 K $38 M Rugby
21 Rafael Nadal $5.5 M $32 M $37.5 M Tennis
21 Neymar Jr $14.5 M $23 M $37.5 M Football
23 Zlatan Ibrahimovic $30.4 M $7 M $37.4 M Football
24 Fernando Alonso $35 M $1.5 M $36.5 M Racing
25 Gareth Bale $24.9 M $11 M $35.9 M Football
26 Marcell Dareus $35.1 M $100 K $35.2 M Rugby
27 Peyton Manning $19.2 M $15 M $34.2 M Rugby
28 Derrick Rose $20.1 M $14 M $34.1 M Basketball
29 Kei Nishikori $3.5 M $30 M $33.5 M Tennis
30 A.J. Green $32.8 M $500 K $33.3 M Rugby
31 James Harden $15.8 M $17 M $32.8 M Basketball
32 Usain Bolt $2.5 M $30 M $32.5 M Track
33 Clayton Kershaw $31.2 M $800 K $32 M Baseball
34 Dwyane Wade $20 M $12 M $32 M Basketball
35 Drew Brees $19 M $12 M $31 M Rugby
36 Carmelo Anthony $22.9 M $8 M $30.9 M Basketball
37 Chris Paul $21.5 M $8.5 M $30 M Basketball
38 Cliff Lee $29.2 M $100 K $29.3 M Baseball
39 Olivier Vernon $28.8 M $200 K $29 M Rugby
40 Serena Williams $8.9 M $20 M $28.9 M Tennis
41 Justin Verlander $28 M $600 K $28.6 M Baseball
42 Kyrie Irving $16.6 M $11 M $27.6 M Basketball
43 Julio Jones $26 M $1.2 M $27.2 M Rugby
44 Luke Kuechly $26.1 M $1 M $27.1 M Rugby
45 Robinson Cano $24 M $3 M $27 M Baseball
46 Dwight Howard $22.4 M $4.5 M $26.9 M Basketball
47 Miguel Cabrera $24.1 M $2.5 M $26.6 M Baseball
48 Albert Pujols $24.3 M $2 M $26.3 M Baseball
49 Blake Griffin $18.1 M $8 M $26.1 M Basketball
50 Wayne Rooney $20.1 M $6 M $26.1 M Football

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