Who are the most famous athletes in the world? It’s a very common question asked frequently by the sports lover. There are many athletes present worldwide who have acquired great achievements in their field of sports. Hence, it is quite tough to rank them accordingly.
In the article below, we will discuss the top 10 celebrated, successful, and definitely the highest-paid athletes in the world right now.
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10. Jordan Spieth
Jordan Alexander Spieth was born on 27 July 1993 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. Formerly, in Official World Golf Ranking, Spieth was ranked number one and is currently a professional golfer of America. He has also won the FedEx Cup championship of 2015 for two times. In the year 2016, spieth was named one among the top 100 influential people by the Time magazine. He owns a total net worth of 77 million dollars and most of his money comes from the FedEx Cup prize money, PGA prize money, and through the endorsement money from the companies like Under Armour, Rolex, AT&T, and Coca-Cola.
9. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is the son of Joe Bryant, one of the most famous former NBA player. He was born on 22 August 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the most famous basketball player of recent times. The legend is the holder of five NBA championship. He has also won 18 NBA All-Star, 4 NBA All-Star Game, 2 NBA scoring champion, and much more. He has been also declared as the ‘Naismith Prep Player of the Year’ in the year 1996. He has retired with the sum amount of 320 million dollars and currently makes around 40 million dollars through endorsement deals from Hub lot, Sony, Coca-Cola, Benz, Nike, and Mercedes.
8. Philip Alfred Mickelson
Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California. He is a professional golfer from America and is also popularly known as Lefty. He is one among the 16 top golfers in the history of sports. Lefty has won a total of 42 events on PGA tour, comprising of 5 major championships; 3 Master titles in 2004, 2006, 2010; one PGA championship in 2005, and one Open championship in 2013. In the year 2012, Mickelson was introduced into the famous World Golf Hall of Fame. His current net worth stands at an impressive amount of 295 million dollars along with his prize money of around 20 million dollars and the endorsement money of 47 million dollars every year.
7. Cam Newton
Cam Newton was born on 11 May 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia. He plays for the Carolina Panthers as a quarterback. He earns near about 20 million dollars as his basic salary and a total net worth of 32 million dollars in addition to that. Apart of these, he makes around 11 million dollars a year from the endorsement from companies like Microsoft, Gatorade etc. Cam is considered one among the top richest athletes alive. He has won numerous awards in his career including 3 Pro Bowl, NFL Most Valuable Player award, Bert Bell Award, BCS national champion, SEC champion, Maxwell award, Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, Davey O’Brien Award and much more.
6. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987. He is from Belgrade, Yugoslavia and belongs to the Yugoslavia’s social Federal Republic and is considered as the number one tennis player of all time. He has won several awards during his professional career including ITF World Champion back to back in the year 2011 to 2015 and also ATP Player of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. His net worth is estimated at 160 million dollars. Most of his wealth is earned by him from endorsement money. Seiko, Adidas, Peugeot, ANZ, and Uniqlo are some of the companies he gets his endorsement from.
5. Kevin Durant
Kevin Wayne Durant was born on 29 September 1988 in Washington, D.C. He is a professional basketball player and plays for the NBA. Before joining the Golden State Warriors in 2016, Durant played 9 seasons for Thunder organisation. He played a total number of 9 seasons for Thunder organisation before joining the Warriors in 2016. He holds 8 times All-Star, 4 times NBA scoring champion, a FIBA World Champion MVP in 2010 and any more. He often considered as one among the world’s highest-paid basketball players. With an estimated net worth of 125 million dollars, Durant is regarded as one of the highest-earning athletes in the world.
4. Lionel Messi
The legend Lionel Messi was born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. He is well known worldwide and is one of the top footballers in today’s time. He is a professional footballer from Argentina who plays for the Argentina national team and the FC Barcelona. Messi is ranked number two in the list of top 20 richest athletes of 2017. He owns a total net worth of about 280 million dollars. Maximum of his money is earned by him from prize money, salary, and endorsements. He has won numerous awards. 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards in 2012, 2013 and 2016, FIFA world player of the year in 2009, the European golden shoe in 2013, 2012, and 2010, are some of the other international awards
3. LeBron James
Lebron James, the famous basketball player currently plays for the team Cleveland Cavaliers. The team has recently won the NBA finals of 2016. He has many sponsorship deals with the companies like Coca-Cola, Nike, and McDonald. With a net worth of 310 million dollars, James is among the top 3 richest athletes of recent times. He holds numerous awards including 3 NBA champion, 3 NBA Finals MVP, 13 NBA All-Star, Rookie of 2004, NBA scoring champion, 3 times Ohio Mr. Basketball, 2 times USA Mr. Basketball and a lot more.
2. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is unknown to none. He was born on 8 August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He is famous professional tennis player is ranked number five by the ATP. He has won numerous awards in his career including 12 fans favorite award, 5 ITF player of the year. His success and achievements have made him one of the most dominant player and also the best one of all time. His total net worth currently stands at an impressive 400 million dollars.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, the most famous soccer player of recent times was born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He is widely liked by all the soccer lovers. He is a Real Madrid Player and is the highest earned athletes in the world. He owns a large list of honors and awards including FIFA world player of the year (2009), UEFA best player award, European Golden shoe award in 2011, 2015, and 2008 and numerous others to count. He earns 288,000 euros on weekly basis. However, the total net worth of this great Real Madrid Player is over 400 million dollars. In addition to this, he also has many sponsorship deals with Samsung, Coca-Cola, Nike and a lot more from where earns about 70 million dollars. The player has such a huge fan followings that his followers have social media crossed over 250 million.
Hence, these are the top ten famous athletes in recent times. They are not only celebrated within their mainland but also all over the world.