Published On: Mon, Feb 8th, 2016

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World 2016


Here comes names of world’s highest paid athletes those who have massive early earnings, they are in this list because it’s all about their annual collection.

One of the most interesting things in this list is that two most dangerous boxers as undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino Manny Pacquiaos with biggest yearly income. Nonetheless, two renowned soccer champions Cristiano Ronaldo and everyone’s most favorite Lionel Messi are also among the highest paid sportsman in the world with largest digits.

While composing the list, the yearly earnings of these famous celebrities were considered which based on endorsement deals as well their salaries from their fields. The list of top 10 highest paid athletes in the world unveils information how these richest sportsmen collecting money.

10: Kobe Bryant (basketball) $49.5 million

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on born 23 August, 1978, is a renowned American professional basketball player who plays the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Kobe Bryant is receiving a salary of $23.5 million to NBA as well has recognition as highest-paid player in the team. However, the most popular sports star secures his tenth rank in top 10 richest athletes in the world with his estimated yearly earnings of $49.5 million. Bryant has brighter basketball career as named some achievements like 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and an 18-time All-Star. In 2014, Bryant formed the Body Armor sports drink company which makes prominent part in his total earning.


9: Tiger Woods (golf) $50.6 million

The most successful an American golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has reportedly earned about $1.3 billion during 19 years as a professional golfer. It said to be that the most-talented sportsman has named the title of the world’s first billion-dollar athlete in 2009, while yearly earned approximately $50.6 million in 2015. The major part of his earning based on his endorsement contracts with long-term sponsors Nike and Hero MotoCorp, an Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer. The winner of FedEx Cup Champion came out youngest player who named Grand Slam as we won 50 tournaments on tour at young age.


8: Phil Mickelson (golf) $50.8 million

Philip Alfred Mickelson from San Diego, California is not behind to others with digit of his yearly earnings of $50.8 million, was born on 16 June, 1970. The most experienced American professional golfer ruled in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for more than 700 weeks, named a lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour. However, the richest left-handed golf star’s yearly earning is reported to be about $2.8 million, while endorsement deals making his total earning enormous with digits of $48 million that what keeping his eighth position in highest-paid athletes in the World. In May 2012, Phil Mickelson’s name was added into the World Golf Hall of Fame.


7: Kevin Durant (basketball) $54.1 million

Kevin Wayne Durant from Washington, D.C., plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA), was born on 29 September, 1988. He has been awarded by four NBA scoring titles, an Olympic gold medal, NBA Most Valuable Player Award, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, whereas secures his seventh rank in highest paid athletes in the world list with $54.1 million per year earning. Durant’s total earning’s largest part came from endorsement deals with sportswear companies such as Nike and Under Armour, while his success making him most valuable sports star all over the world that what enhance his endorsements deals in future.


6: LeBron James (basketball) $64.8 million

Only one American professional basketball player LeBron James who titled himself ‘the best player in the world’, no doubt is a versatile sportsman as well highest earner all around the world, in 2015, his earnings emerged $64.8 million as well his net worth was estimated to be $425 million. James considers best at the small forward and power forward positions, feels proud on his wealth doesn’t feel hesitation to talk about his money even bought $300,000 an engagement ring for his fiancée Savannah Brinson. LeBron has also received many achievements in his brighter career such as four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013), two NBA championships (2012, 2013) and some others.



5: Roger Federer (tennis) $67 million

Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer’s achievements in professional tennis making his identity more strong all over the world while called the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer has earned $90 million by winning prize money during the successful journey of his career even came out highest earner in Tennis world leaving behind other stars. The 33-year-old experienced also receiving huge amount which said to have $58 million from endorsements deals with several brands. However, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has announced him no.3 tennis star as gives his best in every tournament that what made possible to deals with megabrands such as Credit Suisse, Nike and Rolex.


4: Lionel Messi (soccer) $73.8 million

Lionel Messi said to have increase of a $9 million in his salary in 2014 which made his annual earning about reach $51.8 million, while at end of, his yearly earning was estimated $73.8 million but despite his huge success, couldn’t beat Portuguese professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in race of highest paid athletes so far as well in highest earner footballers in the world. Messi is the only soccer champion, who has received the FIFA Ballon d’Or five times, three European Golden Shoes and seven La Liga titles. Messi has huge fan following on social media which getting increase day by day, seems to be humble kind person because of having huge income doesn’t like to show off his wealth.


3: Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) $79.6 million

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro better known Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, playing for the Portugal national team and Spanish club Real Madrid. Ronaldo keeps secure his strong wealth as well top ranking in highest earner football player worldwide and now stands at third rank in top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world with massive yearly income of $79.6 million. However, largest part of Ronaldo’s earnings consists of football field while about 40 percent is coming from sponsorship deals to several renowned brands. Ronaldo has bagged two Football League Cups, three Premier Leagues, one La Liga and many others while playing for Real Madrid and Manchester United.


2: Manny Pacquiao (boxing) $160 million

Filipino world champion professional boxer has bit energy in his bunches believes to be on Floyd Mayweather Jr. can tackle or face him in this world no anyone, stands on second rank in world’s highest paid sportsmen globally list with yearly amount of $160 million by facing deadliest punches in ring. Most dangerous boxer from Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, awarded by $125 million in the biggest boxing match of 2015 even had never bagged $23 million for a battle before that and hence emerged top grosser among the top boxers all around the world. He was called ‘Fighter of the Decade’ for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).


1: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (boxing) $300 million

The winner of twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes, Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. ruling on top in highest paid sportsman all over the world with his biggest yearly income of $300 million. The wealthiest sportsman Mayweather made history fighting in ring with strongest rival Manny Pacquiao on 2 May, 2015 that held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Mayweather secured his no.1 rank in boxing world as named the victory by a unanimous decision. American retired professional boxer has made record of 49 victories out of 49 in his successful career.


Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes In The World 2016
Rank Name Profession Income
1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing $300 million
2 Manny Pacquiao boxing $160 million
3 Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $79.6 million
4 Lionel Messi soccer $73.8 million
5 Roger Federer tennis $67 million
6 LeBron James basketball $64.8 million
7 Kevin Durant basketball $54.1 million
8 Phil Mickelson golf $50.8 million
9 Tiger Woods golf $50.6 million
10 Kobe Bryant basketball $49.5 million