The world of sports has its thrill, excitement, gut-feeling, that invincible spirit, dedication and its galaxy of stars. While the world goes gaga over its living legends and stars, here is a meticulous effort made to rank the top 10 richest and highest paid sports players in 2017, making a name worldwide.
The earnings of the great players can be safely divided into two categories like the dough they earn from the fees for playing, be it prize money, bonuses and the hefty pay packets of endorsements is being taken into account that they earn through advertisements, gracing big events, sponsorships.
List of the World’s Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Players in 2017:
10. Virat Kohli ($15 Million)
The young, full-of-positivity and confidence is the indomitable Indian cricket player Virat Kohli who is always in the news for his comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar as a player beyond excellence, brewing romance with the Bollywood hottie Anushka Sharma or pumping up endorsements- this start cricketer earns whopping salary, bonuses and big bucks from endorsements and is definitely one of the highest paid sports players.
9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ($31 Million)
Captain Cool, the greatest cricketer that India ever had, he has brought home the World Cup in 2011 after 28 years of drought in the World Cups. He is definitely one of the highest paid sports players and player that world has ever witnessed. From earning titles to bonuses and big brands Reebok, PepsiCo, Sony, he nestles in the heart of every cricket fan. He is one of the most successful Indian captains that the world admires!
8. Kobe Bryant ($50 Million)
Kobe Bryan, the dazzling star in the game of basketball is an American basketball player, who retired after the 2015-16 NBA season. His 20-year old stunning career with Los Angeles Lakers of NBA has been something that the world has witnessed. He has some delightful feather on this cap; 5 times winner of NBA championships with the Lakers.
He is one of the richest and highest paid sports players in the world, loading his bank with $680 million in 20 years from salary and endorsements. He has been the highest paid sports players for 6 seasons consecutively and bagged $25 million from the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2015-16 season!
7. Jordan Spieth ($52.8 Million)
The American professional golfer is a new-age, young golfer who has taken the golf world by storm. Jordan, this young and most influential golfer is world’s 100 highest paid sports players for a continuous stretch of 16 months. If it is something called scaling the charts, Golf’s golden boy has moved up at a lightning speed and has weaved an incredible story with a big leap to the ninth position from no.85. 2015 has been like a dream for him where he bagged two major titles, inclusive of a commendable record-tying 18 at the Masters, and was embraced as the coolest and youngest U.S. Open champion!
6. Novak Djokovic: ($55.8 Million)
Novak Djokovic is a name that the tennis world is abreast of! Novak is setting records and became the first player to grab more than $100 million as prize money at the French Open in 2016 and it is indeed a great feat. Djokovic has been conjuring magic since 2015 when he was the first tennis player to ever bag a whopping $20 million as prize money in a splendid season that definitely made him the rockstar in the tennis world!
His 3 Grand Slam titles in 2015 made him a big hit and securing the No. 1 ranking by the end of 2015 was the masterstroke for this tennis star. He earned huge bonuses and grabbed the eyeballs of sponsors. Novak is one of the highest paid sports players in the world.
5. Kevin Durant ($56.2 Million)
A great name in the basketball field, Kevin Durant who has 27.4 career points if taken into average is a four-time scoring champion. This basketball player showed to the world his entrepreneur skills in 2015 by coming up with his own underwear line. He partnered with the big names Neff and Foot Locker. When it comes to his whopping money deals, Durant’s professional bond with Nike of $300 million over a period of 10 years is something stunning. Durant is tagged as one of the highest paid sports players.
4. Roger Federer ($67.8 Million)
The Federer fans would agree that this cute, redefining sober tennis ace, who has commendable command in the tennis court has been a real star and one of the most highest paid sports players. In 2012, he bagged his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, but off the court he has banked $60 million as earnings from big-shot endorsements and fees that he takes for gracing events and making star appearances. His endorsement portfolio is just flabbergasting as it has a string of some high-profile brands like Mercedes-Benz, Nike and Rolex, just to name a few.
3. Lionel Messi ($81.4 Million)
With pressure of losses, this Argentine God of football, Messi with teary eyes has retired from international football. Football and Argentina is almost inseparable and Messi has always wants to win for Argentine, brought home 2 World Cups and the world never questions his capabilities, but fans can’t accept failures.
Messi’s playing graph, popularity, fame has made him earn plenty of bonuses and is one of the highest-paid sports persons. Adidas is the big name that capitalizes on his star image, with a full endorsement show! He is one of the highest paid sports players, ever!
2. Cristiano Ronaldo: ($88 Million)
The lover boy that makes girl drool, the winner of 3-times FIFA player of the year will make any athlete huff and puff to compete with him. He is one of the most coveted players and world’s highest paid sports players. Ronaldo makes a whopping $50 million a year as an amalgamation of salary and bonus and it is going to follow in the next 2 consecutive years. He has signed up the richest Nike agreement ever that the sports world has witnessed!
1. Sachin Tendulkar ($115 Million)
Often regarded as the God of cricket, the little master has retired, but the never ending line of sponsorship’s and endorsements because of his unsurpassable public image makes him the coveted and dazzling star. His current net worth as estimated at the beginning of 2017, is $115 million and the numbers speak for itself! He is one of the highest paid sports players now, even after his retirement!
So this is the list of Highest Paid Sports Players and it has been quite a real read, knowing about the big bucks that the heroes of the sports world gets cushioned up with, making one to be awe-struck, inspired and get prepared to find out more! Stay hooked!