Athletics has been one of the most lucrative fields that make people top earners. All young start to engage in informal athletic-like games such as football, basketball, among others, and some grow up to become athletes. Apart from gaining fame, most youths direct their enthusiasms to sports for what it pays back in terms of salary. Even though most of the renowned athletes are doing perfectly well, they earn differently with regards to some other factors that determines the differences. Have this opportunity to go through this list of the top 10 world’s richest athletes in 2018 and see how wealthy people are. The list is based on recent research and listing by major research companies; hence, the information contained here is factual.
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10. Matt Ryan
Matthew Thomas, as commonly known as Matt Ryan is a renowned American footballer currently playing for the Atlanta Falcons. The 6’4’’ athlete is aged 30 years having been born on May 17, 1985, in Exton, West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, United States. His net worth is estimated at $43.8 million making him the tenth most paid athlete in the world. He recently received a $103.75 million from the contract between NFL franchise and him. This contract has boosted his earnings and his ranking too.
9. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish-born professional tennis player currently ranked at position 5 among the best tennis players in the world. At a tender age of 29, having been born on June 3, 1986, Nadal has a clean net worth of $44.5 million. After winning 14 Grand Slam singles titles, Rafael has become an exceptionally successful player of the world. The main source of his wealth is the game, tennis, which he plays professionally and has made him very successful.
8. Phil Mickelson
His real name is Philip Alfred Mickelson. Phil is one of the big names in golf in the world. He was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, USA, and has grown to become one of the renowned celebs. By 2018, Phil Mickelson’s net worth stood at $53.2 million. He also appears in the list of athletes who have won heavily in golf. He has a record of great achievements that includes; three Master titles, one PGA Championship, and one Open Championship. He is one of the best golf players in the world today.
7. Roger Federer
Roger is a Swiss professional tennis player currently ranked at position 3 globally by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He started off his carrier in 1994 and had achieved a lot within the 22 years of play. In 2018 alone, he has won 10 matches and lost only 3. His success is the reason behind his current net worth of $56.2 million. In a recent after-match interview with a sports magazine, he responded to a question on the source of his wealth to be his dedication in doing the best of what he does better.
6. Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont Woods is the real name of the famous Tiger Woods. He is a professional golfer and one of the most successful golfers of all time. He has been a common figure in the list of highest paid athletes list for several years; what changes is only the rank, but he has appeared on the list for many years. At the age of 40, Tiger Woods is among the millionaires with his net worth of $61.2 million. With the many records that he holds including 14 major titles and being the second highest award winner, Tiger Woods still lives to be the most popular golfer.
5. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bean Bryant are the full names for this retired basketball player. Los Angeles Lakers was the team to watch during the times of Kobe Bryant. His 20 years of play were a great achievement to him and what he gathered during that time has put him in this list of fame. He is of age 37 but has what it takes to be considered wealthy. Kobe has a net worth of $61.5 million. His exceptional skills made his team strong and made the fans happy and loyal. His effort and commitment has earned him respect and more wealth.
4. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a name that requires no further definition. When one hears the name Messi, the term soccer follows, not just soccer but professional. Lionel Andres Messi is a rich young man aged 28 years, thanks to football. He is the machine behind numerous goals in Spanish Club, Barcelona. His role as the forward striker in Barcelona and Argentina National team has made him famous in the soccer arena. His net worth stands at $64.7 in 2018. He can be considered one of the most successful and prominent soccer players, a title he deserves.
3. LeBron James
The American Professional basketball player was born on December 30, 1984 and plays for Cleveland Cavaliers. He has amassed a lot of wealth from sport and currently ranked the 3rd best-paid athlete in the world. With a net worth of $72.3 million, he is currently ranked as the top paid in the category of basketball players. His success history points to 2 Olympic Gold medals, 2 NBA finals, 2 NBA championship, and 4 NBA Most Valuable player Awards winner.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently referred to as CR7. The acronym stands for his name, and the 7 is his number. For those who never knew his other names, his full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. The Portuguese international soccer player is also not a name worth defining in soccer. Just like Messi, Ronaldo is also the machine behind the success of Real Madrid. Most of the time you would hear people arguing over “who is the best ?” between Messi and CR7. If you have to compare them on the basis, then CR7 is top. Cristiano’s net worth is $80 Million. Besides, he has won several awards that have made him very popular. He has also received lump sum income from endorsing various major and popular brands.
1. Floyd Mayweather
The whole world knows Floyd Mayweather, even though some came to know about him on May 2, 2018, during the what was termed “fight of the century.” Mayweather currently ranks the richest of all athletes in the world. His net worth stands at $ 105 Million, and he is considered the top earner among all athletes in the globe.
This great list of Fame is a clear indication how lucrative sporting is. Even most athletes who have not appeared in this list still earns well.