If anybody believed there’s not that money in sports, well, guess again. Some of the richest men and women on the planet are world renowned athletes and sportsmen. Football, tennis, golf and of course, Formula 1 are among the wealthiest sport businesses, besides just fun games to watch. Let’s see who the top earners in sports as of 2014! Here is our in our Top 10!
# 10 Lionel Messy, $41.3 Million
Earning an annual $41.3 Million from football and endorsements, FC Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messy is no doubt, the third highest payed football player in the world which makes him one of the richest men on the planet.
# 9 Cristiano Ronaldo, $44 Million
Number 9 in our countdown is held by Real Madrid’s player Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to notch 60 goals in 55 games in 2012 and almost won best player of the year. Half of his earnings come from sponsors.
# 8 David Beckham, $47.2 Million
Celebrity football superstar from the UK, David Beckham has now retired after a successful 21-year career in football, but with empty pockets! He is the highest payed football player in history!
# 7 Phil Mickelson, $48.7 Million
With 41 PGA victories on his record, $70 million in career prize money and 4 major titles won, Phil Mickelson is one of the best golfers the world has ever seen, and among the richest!
# 6 Aaron Rogers, $49 Million
Declared NFL’s best player two seasons in a row, Aaron Rogers signed a five-year $110 million deal in April, 2013, which propelled him on the exclusive list of best payed footballers in the USA.
# 5 Drew Brees, $51 Million
Known as one of NFL’s most successful pitchman, Drew Brees has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints that sky rocketed his bank accounts.
# 4 LeBron James, $59.8 Million
Also entitled King James, basketball player and NBA star LeBron James plays and lives like a king indeed. He is NBA’s biggest endorsement star, as well.
# 3 Kobe Bryant, $61.9 Million
With $61.9 million annual revenues, Kobe is the third richest athlete on Earth. His $27.85 million annual salary is rounded up by his endorsements from brands that include Nike, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.
# 2 Roger Federer, $71.5 Million
Tennis superstar and ultimate Gram Slam winner Roger Federer has made it really big with hitting tennis balls and not only. More than half of his annual income (around $40 million) come from no less than ten sponsors.
# 1 Tiger Woods, $78.1 Million
I’m sure you know Mr. James Woods, but I guess you didn’t know he is also the richest athlete on the planet, right? With a fortune estimated at $78.1 million, he’s not just playing the sport, but also winning at it!