Some athletes have achieved celebrity status and have a huge fan following all over the world. They have become very rich and famous.
Here are the top 20 richest athletes of all time, ranked according to their net worth:
This American professional golfer has won 40 PGA events. He has earned more than $65 million in tournament prizes during his career.
Lionel Messi is the highest paid soccer player in the world. His annual base salary is $41.7 million. He earns additional $20-$30 million annually through endorsements. He earned in total $65 million between 2013-2014.
This American baseball player earns between $30 million and $35 million every year. With an annual salary of $15.3 million, Jeter earned $24.3 million which include endorsements from 2013 to 2014.