Football is the most popular sport on the planet and have more followership than many other sports in the world. There are a lot of money in the football world with players costing millions of dollars to sign and the breathtaking wages footballers pocket every months. But the popularity football enjoys does not make the best paid sports in world. So, in this post, we are going to look at the highest paid sports men. From boxing to basketball to tennis to golf to football using the amount of money they earned in the last 12 months as a yardstick.
1. Floyd Mayweather – $300m.
The undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is the top dog in the world of sports. The American boxer earned a record breaking $300m in the last 12 months. Mayweather, a single father of 4 children earned $285m as winnings from fights especially his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao. A fight which broke all the boxing financial records. In addition, the superstar earned an additional $15m from endorsement deals making him the highest earning sports man on our list.
2. Manny Pacquiao – $160m
The $125m the Pilipino Boxing superstar, Manny Pacquiao earned from his fight with Mayweather is more than 4 times the highest he has ever earned from a single fight. In the last 12 months, the pugilist and Filipino Congressman earned $148m from fights. The father of 5 also earned an additional $12m in endorsement deals from different corporate bodies.
3. Cristaiano Ronaldo -$79.6m
Real madrid and Portuguese superstar, Christiano Ronaldo earned $52.6m in salaries in the past 12 months. The winger who won the FIFA world best player award for the 3rd time this year has scored 6o or more goals in his last four seasons at real madrid. He also earned $27m in endorsement deals. He is the highest paid footballer.
4. Lionel Messi – $73.8m
Fc Barcelona and Argentinian midfielder, Lionel Messi earned $51.8m in salaries and an additional $22m from endorsement deals in the last 12 months. Lionel Messi has won the FIFA world best player award for a record 4 times.
5. Roger Federer – $67m
2nd ranked tennis player, Roger Federer pocketed $9m in salaries and winnings in the last 12 months and a whopping $58m in endorsement deal. He has won a record 17 grand slams in his career. He’s the highest paid tennis player.
6. LeBron James – $64.8m
United States of America and Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball superstar, LeBron James earned $20.8m in salaries and $44.8m in endorsement deals in the last 12 months. He’s the highest paid Basketball player.
7. Kevin Durant – $54.2m
United States of America and Oklahoma ThunderBasketBall Superstar, Kevin Durant earned $19.2m in salaries and $33m in endorsement deals.
8. Tiger Woods – $50.6m
Tiger woods isn’t the golf player he used to be. No thanks to an elbow and back injury. But that notwithstanding, the Stanford University Alumnus earned $600k in salaries and winnings and a further $50m from endorsement deals.