10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World

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  1. Lewis Hamilton:

Lewis Hamilton is a Formula-1 racing driver from UK. He is a four time Formula One World Champion. He is considered as one of the best Formula One driver of his generation. He won the first title in 2008 and followed it with win in the year 2014, 2015 and 2017. As a driver he holds several other records as well. He ranks amongst one of the highest paying athletes in the world who earns $38 million from his salary and another $8 million from sponsorships and endorsements.

2. James Harden:

James Harden is an American professional basketball player who plays for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays for Houston Rockets. He has been one of the most prolific scorers of his team and earned a reputation of being the best shooting guard in NBA. He was named NBA’s most valuable player in 2018. He has also earned ALL NBA Team honor five times. His net income stands at $46.5 Million out of which 26.5 Million was paid as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

3. Stephen Curry:

Stephen Curry is also an American professional basketball player of National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays for the Golden State Worriers. He led his team to win their first championship title. He was chosen as the most valuable player of NBA in 2014-15.Curry led his team to win the NBA title in 2017 and 2018. His overall earning is estimated at about $77 Million out of which 35 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

4. Rory McElroy:

Rory McElroy is a professional golfer from Ireland. He stood at the top of world golf ranking for 95 weeks. He has participated in various tournaments like the PGA Championship, European Open and US Open etc. Rory McElroy represented Europe, Great Britain and Ireland both as a professional and armature. His overall earning is estimated at about $37 Million out of which he  makes a substantial amount of income from sponsorships and endorsement.

5. Andrew Luck:

Andrew Luck is an American baseball player who plays for the Indianapolis Colts at the National Football League. He is well known for his extraordinary passing skill. In the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs he led the Colts to the second largest playoff comeback in NFL history. Thus he has established himself as the most successful NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts. His overall earning is estimated at about $50 Million out of which $47 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

6. Kevin Durant:

Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State  Worriers of the National Basketball Association(NBA). He signed a contact with the Golden State  Worriers in 2016 and won back to back titles in 2017 and 2018. He has won several awards during his career. His overall earning is estimated at about $57 Million out of which a substantial amount comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

7. Roger Federer:

Roger Federer is a swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked No-2 in men’s singles tennis. He also held the No-1 spot for a record period of time. He has won 20 Grand Slam singles title-the most in history for a male player. Federar is widely considered as one of the greatest player of all time.  His overall earning is estimated at about $77 Million out of which a substantial amount i.e 40 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

8. Lionel Messi:

Lionel Messi is a professional football player from Argentina who plays for the Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentinean National Team.  He has  spent his entire professional career playing for Barcelona where he has won 32 trophies including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas De Rey. He has scored more than 600 goals for his country and club. His overall earning is estimated at about $111 Million out of which a substantial amount i.e 80 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

9. Lebron James:

Lebron James is a American professional basketball player who played in the NBA for different teams like Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami heat and Los Angeles Lakers. He is considered as one of the best basketball player in the world for his outstanding achievement in the game.  He led his team to win the first NBA Championship after 52 years. His overall earning is estimated at about $86 Million out of which 31 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

10. Christiano Ronaldo:

Christiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese national football player who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team. He has won 26 trophies in his career which includes five league titles, five UEFA Champions League title and one UEFA Europian Championship. He has scored more than 670 goals in his career for his club and country. . His overall earning is estimated at about $108 Million out of which 52 Million comes as salary and the rest from sponsorships and endorsements.

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