Today one of the best jobs that has big or rather huge rewards in terms of financial reward are associated with hobbies and talents. To give you a few examples, look at some of wrestlers like John Cena who earns nearly $10 million annually as a salary, boxer Mayweather who was paid $250 million just for one fight and the list can go on and on. This is to certify that that no matter what gift you have if well exploited especially your talent can earn so much money than you can ever earn in a white collar job or rather an office set up employment.
Here are some of the highest paid and also most successful athletes in 2017.
10. Cam Newton
Cam Newton is definitely a huge name in the NFL today and in Panthers. He has mesmerized and captured the hearts of fans all around the world because of his amazing sports talent. He was recently named as the best player of the Super bowl 50 and won the NFL’s MVP award in a landslide with 48 of the 50 votes and with that, comes huge endorsement deals. He definitely a happy man not just for the sake of awards but even the size of the account has increased. On 2016 alone the man has made $53 million and he under contract for five years which will see him earn $103 million. He is net worth $35 million.
9. Lebron James
Lebron James is one of the world’s most famous basketball star of our times who has built a very powerful personal brand which means he has attracted sizeable deals with companies looking for a talented influential sportsman to represent their brand. some of the companies with huge endorsement deals making Lebron smile all the way to the bank are Nike , Coca Cola, Microsoft, Samsung, McDonalds He currently has a deal with Nike that has got him laughing all the way to the bank, not to mention his current salary which amounts to $23.2 million. He made a clean $77 million in 2016 and he is set to make $33.5 million in 2017.
8. Jordan Spieth
This good looking golfer definitely has things looking up for him especially because his career is still young hence he has a lot of time to play. Judging by his current earnings which is $52.8 million which he made on 2016 alone, the future looks bright for him. He is a 2 time Major Champion, won FedExCup champion, 2013 PGA rookie of the year and many other more accolades. Currently his wealth comes from endorsements deals from companies such as Rolex, Coca-Cola, AT&T among others. This has totaled to a net worth of $70 million
7. Lionel Messi
The boy with the golden feet as many would call him benefits hugely from playing football for his team Barcelona. We cannot help but envy his financial success. He has managed to be the world’s best soccer player of all time. He has been able to bring in endorsement deals worth millions notably from Sportswear Companys such as Adidas, and other international companies such as Audemars Piguet, Pepsico, Konami, Chery and AirEuropa, but don’t forget he got also a huge chunk coming out of his salary. On year 2016 alone Messi has earned a roughly $81.4 million and he has a net worth of $280 million.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
This handsome footballer is arguably the best footballer currently in the world together with his counterpart Lionel Messi. Due to his massive social networks following with over 200 million funs he has managed to get attractive endorsements from enviable brands such as Nike and Heuer , Sacoor Brothers suits, Monster headphones just to name a few. It did not hurt as well that he led his team Real Madrid to victory in the last season 2015 of the Champion’s League and made headlines by becoming the top scorer of the season. In 2016 it’s reported Cristiano has made $88 million and earns currently earns a salary of $56 million. He is one amongst the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Athletes in The World 2017.
5. Kobe Bryant
Although 2016 marked the end of his NBA career, he definitely raked in big earnings because he reportedly was the highest paid basketball star in 2016. His deal alone earned him $25,000,000 which was one of the best deals of his season from the Lakers. Apart from that he had some pretty amazing endorsements from companies such as coca cola and also Nike. His net earnings are an average of $50,000,000.
4. Phil Mickelson
The golf player has some serious earnings to his name especially because of the huge endorsement deals that he has. Companies such as Barclays and KPMG have all been paying him huge amounts to represent their brands and advertise their products to consumers globally. As if that is not enough, he also makes a pretty penny from playing golf and winning as the PGA tour has made him to get $80 million. His titles also brought in attractive amounts of money. He earns a total of $52.9 million this year and he is estimated to be net worth $300 million.
3. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic made a record win at the 2016 French open when he defeated Andy Murray therefore becoming the first to match Rod Laver by holding all four major titles and in addition becoming the highest paid tennis player. He is one of the best tennis players in the world and you would expect that such a talented player would be popular but he still keeps a low profile. That is not the case in terms of earnings though because he is bursting up in good earnings. On average he took home $55.8 million in 2016 and earns an additional from endorsements deals from companies like Uniqlo , Head and Adidas .he is estimated to be net worth $140 million.
2. Kevin Durant
Though his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team ended and signed a two year deal with Golden state Warriors worth $54 million this mega basketball star is doing well both in court and bank accounts He is one of the most loved NBA stars and so he rakes huge earnings from endorsements because of his huge popularity among the spots lovers. He has won NBA rookie of the year and he is a tree time NMA all-star. He currently took home an average of $56.3 million in 2016 and is net worth $120 million
1. Roger Federer
This sportsman has amazing endorsement deals with companies such as Mercedes, Credit Suisse, Rolex and Nike just to mention a few. He has won the grand slam 17 times and this is one of the reasons he gets such huge deals from companies looking to cash in on his success. This tennis player also earns big from prize money and to attest to that he has made $98 million during his career and in 2016 alone he has made $ 67.8 million. Today due to endorsement deals that earns him more than what he gets on court Roger is net worth $340 million.
So, these above are the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Athletes in The World 2017. All of these athletes have done tremendously good for themselves and we bet they are smiling all the way to the bank. Of course we have other top earning athletes around the world; these are just a few of the crème de la crème of the world sports industry.