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Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World

Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World - Today's sport is more than just a competitive physical activity. The most popular sports in the world like soccer/soccer, basketball, cricket, American rugby, tennis, boxing, MMA, baseball, etc., are held in profitable tournaments. high, forming many billions of industries. These tournaments attract top performing professional athletes in the most popular sports thus making a lot of money these days as well.


Millions of dollars per year or even monthly salaries have become the norm. Athletes can often even earn more with special performance bonuses as well as various sponsorship or endorsement deals. Of course they are also free to invest their money in different types of businesses and ventures. The possible streams of income for athletes are, as you can see, very wide these days.


Therefore, it is not surprising that the top professional athletes belong to the richest people in society. While they're nowhere near the Top 10 Richest People in the World, their net worth is sometimes on par with many wealthy CEOs and entrepreneurs, at least as long as their sports careers stay active. motion.

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Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World

The following rankings list the Top 10 richest athletes in the world today. The rankings are based on the net worth of all currently active professional athletes globally. All sports are considered here and both male and female athletes are counted. Spoiler alert though, there is currently only one female in this ranking of the 10 richest athletes in the world…


The 10 richest athletes in the world 2020:

The 10 richest athletes in the world 2020:


1. Tiger Woods

1. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Net worth: ~$800 million


Born: December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California, USA

Nationality:


American sport : Golf

Professional since: 1996

Annual sports salary (2020): ~$2 million

Other Assets: Sponsorships / Endorsements with Nike, Rolex, Monster Energy, Discovery, Bridgestone, Hero Motocorp, TaylorMade & Upper Deck ; Founder and Owner of Tiger Woods Design (a golf course design company), Founder and Owner of The Woods Jupiter restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, USA, Written (e.g. How I Play Golf, the best-selling golf book in history)


 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Net worth: ~$520 million


Born: February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese


Sports: Football / Soccer

Professional since: 2002

Current Teams: Juventus FC (Italy) & Portugal National Team

Annual sports salary (2020): ~ $65 million

Other Assets: Sponsorships / Endorsements with Nike, Unilever, Herbalife, Altice, DAZN & MTG ; Co-owner of Pestana CR7 hotel in Lisbon, Portugal & Funchal, Portugal, Own Fashion Line (for JBS Textile Group), Own Perfume Line (for Eden Perfume)


 

3. LeBron James

3. LeBron James
LeBron James

Net worth: ~$480 million


Born: December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA

Nationality:


American sport : Basketball

Professional since: 2003

Current team: LA Lakers (USA)


Annual sports salary (2020):

~ 38 million dollars


Other resources:

Sponsored/confirmed transactions with Nike, Walmart, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Take-Two Interactive, KIA Motors, Beats Electronics, RIMOWA & GMC ;

Co-founder and co-owner of SpringHill Entertainment (production company),

co-founder and co-owner of Uninterrupt (media company),

Co-founder and co-owner of Ladder(health & wellness company),

Co-founder and co-owner of UNKNWN (apparel company),

Co-founder and co-owner of LRMR (marketing & investment company),

Co-owner of Blaze Pizza (restaurant chain)


 

4. Roger Federer

4. Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Net worth: ~$450 million


Born: August 8, 1981 in Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Nationality Switzerland


Sports: Tennis

Professional since: 1998

Annual Sports Salary (2020): ~$6 million

Other Assets: Sponsorships/Contract Endorsements with Uniqlo, Wilson Sporting Goods, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Credit Suisse & Barilla; Co-founder and co-owner of Team8 (sports governing body), own shoe line (for On)


 

5. Lionel Messi

5. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Net worth: ~$420 million


Born: June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Nationality: Argentinian


Sports: Football / Soccer

Professional since: 2004

Current Teams: FC Barcelona (Spain) & Argentina National Team

Annual sports salary (2020): ~ 92 million USD

Other Assets: Sponsorships / Endorsements with Adidas, Mastercard, Pepsi & Huawei Co-Founder & Co-Owner Messi and Majestic (hotel chain)


 

6. Lewis Hamilton

6. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Net worth: ~$280 million


Born: January 7, 1985 in Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

British nationality


Sports: F1 racing

Professional since: 2007

Current team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas

Annual sports salary (2020): ~ $52 million

Other Assets: Sponsorship/endorsement deals with Mercedes-Benz, Puma, Vodafone, Sony, Monster Energy, L'Oreal, Bose & Police; Own fashion line (for Tommy Hilfiger)


 

7. Novak Djokovic

7. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Net worth: ~ 220 million dollars


Born: 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia)

Nationality: Serbian


Sports: Tennis

Professional since: 2003


Annual sports salary (2020):

~ 45 million dollars


Other resources:

Sponsor / Endorse transactions with Asics, Head, Peugeot, Lacoste, NetJets, Seiko Watch & Ultimate Software ;

Founder & Owner of Djokolife (food company),

Family Sport Co-Founder & Co-Owner (investment company)


 

8. Serena Williams

8. Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Net worth: ~$200 million


Born: September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA

Nationality:


American sport : Tennis

Professional since: 1995


Sports annual salary (2020):

~ 36 million dollars


Other sources of assets: Contracts

sponsor / Endorse with Nike, Wilson Sporting Goods, Beats Electronics, JP Morgan Chase, Audemars Piguet, Gatorade, Bumble & Upper Deck ;

Founder & Owner of S by Serena (garment company),

Founder & Owner of Serena Ventures (investment firm)


 

9. Neymar Junior

9. Neymar Junior
Neymar Junior

Net worth: ~ 190 million USD


Born: February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nationality: Brazilian


Sports: Football / Soccer

Professional since: 2009

Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain (France) & Brazil national team


Annual sports salary (2020):

~ 95 million dollars


Other Sources of Wealth: Contracts

sponsored/endorsed with Nike, Gillette, Mastercard, Beats Electronics, Red Bull, Electronic Arts & DAZN


 

10. Tom Brady

10. Tom Brady
Tom Brady

Net worth: ~$180 million


Born: August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California, USA

Nationality: American


Sports: American football

Professional since year: 2000

Current team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (USA)


Annual sports salary (2020): ~ $15 million


Other sources of wealth:

Sponsorship/endorsement deals with Under Armor, Wheels Up & IWC Schaffhausen ;

Founder and Owner of 199 Productions (production company),

Co-Founder and Co-Owner of TB12 (fitness & apparel company)


 

The 10 Richest Athletes in the World:

1. TIGER WOODS (Golf)

Net worth: ~$800 million

2. CRISTIANO RONALDO (Soccer / Soccer)

Net worth: ~ 520 million USD

3. LEBRON JAMES (Basketball)

Net worth: ~$480 million

4. ROGER FEDERER (Tennis)

Net worth: ~ 450 million USD

5. LIONEL MESSI (Soccer / Soccer)

Net worth: ~$420 million

6. LEWIS HAMILTON (F1 Racing)

Net worth: ~ 280 million USD

7. NOVAK DJOKOVIC (Tennis)

Net worth: ~ 220 million USD

8. SERENA WILLIAMS (Tennis)

Net worth: ~$200 million

9. NEYMAR JUNIOR (Soccer / Soccer)

Net worth: ~ 190 million USD

10. TOM BRADY (American football)

Net worth: ~ $180 million

Top 10 richest athletes in the world

 

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