Top Ten World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2015
American Boxer Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest paid athlete in year 2015. He broke the record of Tiger Woods (who earned $115 million in 2008) and earned $300 million in one year. His historical fight against Manny Pacquiao also broke many records in boxing history. 38 years old American boxer is number one on the list of World’s richest athletes 2015. Many people think that he is very arrogant and proud but Floyd never mind such criticism because he himself described himself as a proud man.
Pacquiao is second on this list of World’s richest athletes 2015. The Philippines boxer earned $160 million in a year and became the second highest paid athlete in the world. From this $160 million, he earned $125 million from single fight against Floyd Mayweather. His other contracts with multinational companies like Nike and Foot Locker earned him lot of fortune.
World’s most popular and skillful footballer Cristiana Ronaldo is on number 3 in this list of top ten highest paid athletes in world in 2015. He scored plenty of goals for his club Real Madrid in the last three years which not only earned him money but many awards which includes FIFA’s Best player in the world. Cristiana has charming looks which also makes him suitable for commercials of mega companies. The Portages footballer earned $79.6 million in a year and become the third highest paid athlete in the world.
The Spaniard footballer Lionel Messi is the 4th highest paid athlete in world in 2015. He is backbone of this club Barcelona and his club pays him around $50 million a year as salary. He holds many records which includes the record four-time FIFA player of the year, most goals in Barca competitions, most goals in La Liga Competitions, most goals in calendar year and most hat tricks in football. Overall he has an image which is larger than life and known as super human among his fans. He earned total $73.8 million in one year.
Roger Federer is legendary name in the game of tennis. With his estimated $67 million earnings he is on number 5 in this list of world’s richest athletes 2015. The Swiss player is in the professional tennis courts from last 17 years and holds record for most singles Grand Slam Wins.
LeBron James is one of the most popular and expensive basketball players in the world. With his $64.8 million earnings in one year he holds the number 6 spot in the list of World’s richest athletes. LeBron James is also partner with many popular brands which gives him lot of money. His signature Nike Shoes were among the top selling items in USA last year.
Kevin Durant is professional basketball player of America. He is on number seven in this list with his $54.7 million earnings. The four-time NBA scoring champ signed very expensive commercial deal with Nike in 2014. He plays for popular club Oklahoma City Thunder.
American golfer, Phil Mickelson is on number 8 in this list of World’s richest athletes. He earned around $50.8 million in one year and made his place in this list. His appearances and endorsements with Callaway, Barclays, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Amgen and Rolex earned him millions in last 3 years.
The Legend Golfer, Tiger Woods is on number nine in 2015’s list of world’s highest paid athletes. Once he was the number one richest player in the world but now his career is on the fall but still he earned $50.6 million in one year to make his place in this list. His career threatening injuries are forcing him to retire from the game and his last major win was the 2008 US Open.
American NBA star, Kobe Bryant earned $49.5 million in one year earned the last spot in the list of 2015 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. Kobe is getting older and his injuries are making things worse for him. In spite of all these issues he is still earning lot of money from his endorsements with multi national companies.