There are numerous players all around the world who are highly talented and hard working as well. 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.
Let’s check the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Sports Players In The World in 2017-2018
10. Kobe Bryant: Earning: $50 million:
Kobe is an American retired professional basketball player. Born on 23rd August 1978, Kobe is now a businessman. In his 20 years of 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.
9. Jordan Spieth: Earning: $52.8 million:
A well-renowned golfer Jordan Alexander Spieth was born on 27th July 1993. He was the former World No.1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for his amazing playing. He has many awards and championships like he is a two-time major winner and FedEx Cup champion in the year 2015. He was also been listed in the ‘100 Most Influential People’ in the Time magazine in the year 2016 watching his popularity and accomplishments in a small age. He has even managed to tie the record set by Tiger Woods in 1997. In such a young age Jordan managed to attain one renowned position in the golf world.
8. Phil Mickelson: earning: $52.9 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. Cam Newton: Earning: $53.1 million:
Born on 11th may 1989, Cam Newton holds the privilege of being the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. He is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) where he has played amazingly securing his position since long back. He has won a national championship and just in a year span, he managed to become the first overall pick in an NFL draft. He has made many records and eventually broke many of them as well. This is the reason why he is being paid a hefty sum of amount making him ranked 7th in our top ten list.
6. Novak Djokovic: Earning: $55.8 million
Novak is often referred to by the hypocorism Nole, is a Serbian professional tennis player born on 22nd May 1987. He is currently ranked as World No.2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is considered as the greatest and amazing player in the history of tennis. He managed to get 12 Grand Slam singles titles and got top ranked by the ATP for 223 weeks. In his entire career, he has won six Australian Open titles, three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles, and one French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, Djokovic became the third man to hold all four major titles at once.
5. Kevin Durant: Earning: $56.2 million:
Kevin was born on 29th September 1988 and during his tenure in the world of professional basketball he won several awards and championships. The major of them includes one NBA Most Valuable Player Award, NBA scoring titles four times, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals which are an accomplishment in itself. He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and has played amazingly adding many accolades to the team. Before joining the Warriors in 2016 he played several times for Thunder organizations which have significantly given him a lot of praise and applauds by his fan followers.
4. Roger Federer: Earning: $67.8 million:
Roger Federer is at present the highest paid and most successful tennis player. He is a Swiss professional tennis player born on 8th August 1981. He professionally turned into tennis in the year 1998 was managed to get ranked under top ten from 2002 to 2016. At present, he is World No. 4 as per the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). In his entire career till date, he managed to grab 18 Grand Slam singles title which is considered a record in itself. He got the No. ranking for 302 weeks by ATP.
3. LeBron James: Earning: $77.2 million:
LeBron James has not left any stone unturned to prove him in the field of basketball. Born on 30th December 1984, he is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).He has won NBA championships and NBA Finals MVP Awards three times, NBA Most Valuable Player Awards four times, Olympic Gold medals two times and once NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. With so many accolades and accomplishments, Le Born James holds the third rank in our top ten list of highest paid sports players.
2. Lionel Messi: $81.4 million:
With the earnings of $81.4 million Messi holds number two position in our list. Born on 24th June 1987 Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team and has made the football lovers go head over heels for him. He is considered as the best football player who has not left any stone unturned to make the records and break the records. After winning five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards and being the first to win three European Golden Shoes he created the history. The way he plays in worth a watch.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Earnings $88 million:
Born on 5th February 1985, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top-notch football players in the history of football. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in the year 2008 and since then he didn’t get the time to look back. He is often ranked as the best player in the world due to his awesome ways of playing that has made people hardcore fan of him. He is indeed the highest paid sports players and therefore got top ranked on our list.
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.