Which Sports Athletes Make the Most Money?
Depending on which year you look at, football players like Deion Sanders earn the most money. Football superstars like Lionel Messi and Conor McGregor also earn a lot of money. But what are the top athletes in each sport?
These athletes make millions of dollars, and they also have impressive resumes.
Here are the top 10 athletes in each sport by total earnings. These figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, and licensing income.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpi has several endorsement deals, including a contract with Nike that is reportedly worth $9 million in the first year. In addition to his NBA contract, Antetokounmpo is a shareholder in the Milwaukee Brewers and an investor in Ready Nutrition. As a result, Antetokounmpo is one of the highest-paid sports athletes in the NBA.
Forbes recently published a list of the highest-paid athletes. According to Forbes, Antetokounmpo is the third highest-paid NBA player, behind Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
While there are other athletes earning more than Antetokounmpo, most NBA players earn more than half of their income from off-field deals. And in boxing, Alvarez is worth at least $40 million for his two wins over Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant. However, he also lost to Dmitry Bivol and is not included in Forbes’ top-50 list.
Forbes has released a list of the 100 highest-paid sports athletes. Lionel Messi is atop the list with over PS100 million in pre-tax gross earnings.
Messi has earned more than PS100 million in sponsorships, business pacts, and his Barca salary alone. He is now worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in third place with $86 million. Forbes also revealed the ten hardest-working athletes.
Messi has a huge income from sponsorship deals and his contract with Barcelona makes him the world’s highest-paid soccer player. He earned an average of $130 million over the past 12 months.
While this amount is lower than what he earned in his final year with Barcelona, it’s still a substantial figure. His salary also includes $40 million from endorsement deals. In addition, Messi’s earnings are now higher than those of NBA star LeBron James, who earned $80 million last year.
In the list of top-paid sports athletes, Irish boxer Conor McGregor topped the list. In his two fights against Floyd Mayweather, the 30-year-old earned PS106 million ($150 million) in total.
McGregor has since moved on to outside ventures like whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve, video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes, and lifestyle brand Roots of Fight.
In the past year, McGregor has lost three times. His overall losses in UFC matches have been more than his wins, and he has suffered injuries as well.
This year, Conor McGregor earned over $158 million outside of his UFC career. In addition to fighting, McGregor earned millions from endorsements, DraftKings, his whiskey brand, Dystopia: Contest of Heroes, and other ventures.
The sports star is on pace to make more than $200 million in the next three years. Despite the recent defeat to Poirier, McGregor is still making big money.
In addition to his lucrative endorsement deals, Tiger Woods has several other businesses. He owns a golf course design company and a live production company. He also has stakes in a restaurant, a mini golf course, and a hospital software startup.
While he’s currently recovering from a serious car accident, his business ventures are still paying off. He recently bought a stake in a mini golf company called PopStroke.
In addition to his endorsement deals, Tiger wears Nike apparel and recently switched from Titleist golf balls to Nike. This change in golf balls could earn Tiger $40 million over five years.
His other endorsement deals include American Express, General Mills, Golf Digest, Rolex, and Byron Nelson Classic. He has also made millions of dollars by promoting companies like Nike. In fact, Tiger’s salary is already on the rise.
Michael Jordan is one of the most recognizable figures in NBA history. The Chicago Bulls ace ended his career with six championships and was crowned NBA MVP five times. He also won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 1987.
In addition to his record-breaking athletic achievements on the court, Michael Jordan made millions off his endorsement deals. Forbes estimates that Jordan earns over $100 million a year.
The biggest sport personalities on the list include LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and Lionel Messi. These athletes all made the list, but only three golfers cracked the top five.
Only Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo earn more than $2 billion. Athletes who made more than $2 billion include Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Jordan’s record remains unbroken and he is the top-paid sports star of all time.