When we talk about sports and games there need to be a passion and dedication to reach the heights. The players who managed to attain their desired position get paid really well.
Apart from their income from the games and tournaments, they are earning through various endorsements deals, brand connections, and signature apparels contracts. They indeed have plenty of opportunities to look upon to increase their net worth. Let’s take a sneak-peek over some of the highest paying athletes in the world.
Below are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Athletes in The world in 2017-2018
10. Shaquille O’Neal — $700 MILLION:
Born on 6th March 1972, Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal is a retired American professional basketball player. At present, he works as an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He was also a rapper during his adulthood. 7 ft 1 inch tall and weighing 147 kg, Shaq was one of the heaviest players of his times. In his 19 years of career, he played for 6 different teams. After being drafted and playing with Orlando Magic for four consecutive years he was signed as a free agent with Los Angeles Lakers with whom he managed to grab three championships in the year 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was traded to Miami Heat in 2004, Phoenix Suns in 2007-08 and to Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season. Before retiring he played for Boston Celtics.
9. David Beckham — $730 MILLION:
David Beckham was born on 2nd May 1975 and is a former English professional football player. He is one of the highest paid athletes of his times. After playing for various teams like Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team he managed to hold one respectable and highly renowned position in the world of football. David is still remembered for his outstanding way of playing and has impressed millions of people all around the world. He has the privilege to be listed as one player who has won league titles in four countries namely England, Spain, the United States and France. David announced his retirement in the year 2013 after playing gloriously for 20 years.
8. Phil Mickelson — $760 MILLION:
Nicked named as Lefty, Phil Mickelson was born on 16th June 1970. He is a professional American golfer who has won 42 events on the PGA Tour. It includes five major championships namely three Masters titles in the years 2004, 2006 and 2010, one PGA Championship in the year 2005 and one Open Championship in the year 2013. In the US Open championships, he was the runner-up for 6 times. Lefty has managed to get the 2nd career-high world ranking several times. He is also a life member of the PGA tours. Although he is right-handed but made remarkable left hand swing. In the year 2012, he got the privilege to induct into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
7. Floyd Mayweather — $765 MILLION:
Floyd Mayweather currently works as a boxing promoter is a well known professional American boxer who has done remarkable in his sport from 1996 to 2015. He was born on 24th February 1977 and is a five-division world champion. He is one of the greatest boxers of his time which has made a significant position in the boxing field. He has won around 15 world titles in total in his entire career. In four different weight classes, he also got the lineal championship. In 1996 Olympics he won the bronze medal and was highly appreciated for his playing strategies. He got the Best Fighter ESPY Award in the year 2007–2010 and 2012–2014 seasons.
6. Kobe Bryant — $770 MILLION:
Kobe is an American retired professional basketball player. Norn on 23rd August 1978, Kobe is now a businessman. In his 20 years of the basketball career, he played with Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association (NBA) and managed to grab five NBA championships with his team. Kobe has the privilege to be an 18-time member of All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a record 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. For two different seasons, he led the National Basketball Association in scoring and managed to get ranked third on the league’s all-time regular season scoring. Along with this he also scored fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.
5. Michael Schumacher — $1 BILLION:
If you are a fan of Formula cars you would be well aware of the name Michael Schumacher. Born on 3rd January 1969 Michael is now a retired racing driver hailing from Germany. He is one of the most remembered Formula racing drivers for his remarkable work. He has won many titles with Benetton in the year 1994 and 1995. Later he moved to Ferrari with which he raced for around 11 years. With Ferrari, he won 5 different tiles. For his amazing way of playing he won Formula One World Championship for seven times. This is the reason why he was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year two times in his career.
4. Jack Nicklaus — $1.15 BILLION:
Born on 21st January 1974 and nicknamed as Jack William Nicklaus he was a former professional golfer of America. He is the recipient of 18 major career championships of his time which is a record in itself. In his entire 25 years of golf career, Jack won second place 19 times and third place 9 times. After the record 82 victories of Sam Snead and 79 of Tiger Woods, the third name in the world of golf comes of Jack Nicklaus with around 73 victories. He is a regular member of PGA tour events and in his career, he focused mainly on championships like Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship. His remarkable work has led him to be one of the highest paid athletes of his time.
3. Arnold Palmer — $1.35 BILLION:
Arnold is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the history of sports. Born on 10th September 1929, Arnold took his last breath on 25th September 2016 and left the world sad on his sudden demise. He won many trophies in the events of PGA Tour and PGA Tour Championships. He was famous for his nickname ‘The King’ and has not left any stone unturned to become the most important trailblazer, the first superstar of the sport’s television age of the 1950’s. his humble and humanitarian nature has managed him to get a lot of fan followers and significantly a lot of popularity. He is being credited to popularize the golf all around the world along with Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player.
2. Tiger Woods — $1.65 BILLION:
One of the most successful golfers of his time who have won several trophies and accolades during his entire journey of his sports is Tiger Woods. Born on 30th December 1975 Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer. He was being listed as one of the highest paid athletes for several years in the world. He turned out to be a professional golf player when he was just 20 years of age. He won his first major in the year 1997 in the ‘1997 Masters’. He won the whole tournament in the record 12 strokes and got a lot of prize money for that. Since then Tiger Woods didn’t get the time to look back and keep on making records and breaking records.
1. Michael Jordan — $1.7 BILLION:
Born on 17th February 1963, Michael Jeffery Jordan is an American retired professional basketball player. As for now, he is a businessman and a principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. He played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards for 15 consecutive seasons in the National Basketball Association and got the popularity by his amazing and highly remarkable ways of playing.
Jordan’s still earning more annually than all active NBA players. He is remembered as the one of the greatest and highest paid NBA players of his time. He popularizes the NBA in the time when he too gets flourished that is in the year 1980’s and 1990’s.
It is been said that hard work pays off. So was the case with these athletes. Along with natural athletic skill, a lengthy playing career, and smart management, dedication also plays important past for the success. These athletes have impressed the world and therefore were the highest paid of their times.