Highest Paid Athletes 2017 – In every part of the world people consider sports as part of their lives and sportsmen are considered as icons. Every media channel is covering sports and most of the times it gets more media coverage than actual worldwide news. Without any doubt Sports has the most viewership in the world second to Movies. No matter it is cricket, swimming or football, every sport is advantageous in many ways and young generation dreams to become a sportsmen. It takes a huge amount of dedication and passion to make a good athlete out of a normal person. If you want to become a good athlete you must have certain qualities such as punctuality, hard-work, devotion, discipline and the desire to move ahead regardless of multiple failures.
Athletes work day and night to progress and achieve their aims and they cannot rely on any additional medication or supplements. It is not easy to maintain a consistent level on field. All this hard-work and continuous efforts make their jobs quite difficult. They even have to face criticism and harsh comments. Due to these reasons athletes are paid amazingly well. All the famous athletes are millionaires, while others are still trying to reach the top.
Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of 2017 :
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
At number 1 of our list in a top 10 highest paid athletes, we have Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He has won Ballon de oro for the 5th time and he is performing at the top level for the past decade. Cristiano Ronaldo is endorsed and sponsored by thousands and thousands of brands every year. He earned 32 million dollars only from endorsements. His salary is around 56 million dollars. Real Madrid is the richest football club in the whole world and they are always ready to fulfill his desires. Cristiano Ronaldo earns a lot of money every year and he is highest paid athlete of 2017. His total pay is more than 88 million dollars.
2. Lionel Messi
At number 2 of our list in a top 10 highest paid athletes, we have the great Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. FC Barcelona is his boyhood club and he never left the club. Some critics regard him as the best footballer of all generations. 5 time Ballon de oro winner Messi is one of the richest athletes of all time. His pay is round about 81.4 million and he earned more than 28 million dollars from endorsements. Lionel Messi earning is increasing every season because of his brilliant performances.
3. LeBron James
At number 3 of our list in a top 10 highest paid athletes, we have LeBron James. LeBron James is an American professional basketball player. He plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is considered as the greatest player of basketball of current generation. He is one of the most followed athletes in the world. LeBron James earns around 54 million from endorsements and his total pay is more than 77 million dollars.
4. Roger Federer
At number 4 of our list in a top 10 highest paid athletes, we have Roger Federer. Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has recently won his 20th Grand slam (Record holder). He is one of the most followed athletes. He is the best tennis player in the world without any doubt. Roger Federer earns 60 million dollars from endorsements and his total pay is more than 67 million dollars.
5. Kevin Durant
At number 5 of our list we have Kevin Wayne Durant. Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player. He plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He is one of the best players of the league and he has the ability to win games single handedly. Kevin Wayne earns 36 million dollars from endorsements and his total pay is more than 56 million dollars.
6. Novak Djokovic
At number 6 of our list we have Novak Djokovic. He is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 14 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Novak Djokovic is truly loved by his fans for the amazing skills and great sense of humor that he has. He has fans all over the world. Along with an huge endorsement amount of 34 million dollars. Novak Djokovic wins 21.8 million dollars as salary according to the recent studies. Novak is one of the best names in tennis and he earns more than 56 million dollars.
7. Cam Newton
At number 7 of our list we have Cam Newton. Cam Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was picked by panthers in 2011. He is an amazing player with a huge fan following. His endorsements add up to 12 million dollars making him one of the richest guys. Cam Newton pay is more than 53 million dollars.
8. Phil Mickelson:
At number 8 of our list we have Phil Mickelson. Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters Titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship. Phil Mickelson is nicknamed as Lefty. 2017 was a great year for him and he earned a total amount of 52.9 million dollars from winnings and brands endorsements. He earned mainly from endorsements and he stands at number 8 on our list.
9. Jordan Spieth:
At number 9 of our Highest Paid Athletes of 2017, we have Jordan Spieth. Jordan Alexander Spieth is an American professional golfer, former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is a three-time major winner and the 2015 FedEx Cup champion.
Jordan Spieth is one of those athletes who earned more from endorsements than their winnings. His excellent performance in GOLF have earned him this whopping salary of 20 million dollars which add up with the endorsements too. The endorsement amount for Jordan Spieth is 32 million dollars. His total pay is 52.8 million dollars. His endorsements and sponsors have lifted him to number 9 in our list.
10. Kobe Bryant:
At number 10 of Highest Paid Athletes of 2017, we have Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant is 6 feet and 6 inches weighing 205 pounds and in his playing career, Bryant primarily played as a guard. He is often termed as one of the most dangerous scorers in the game and one of the best players in basketball history.
He is the only player in this list who earned equal amount of money from endorsements and from winnings. He is one of the highest paid basketball players for many years. His pay is 50 million dollars.