Many people refrain from taking up sports in a professional manner because it requires heavy investment and does not offer much rewards. But this is not true. While money must never be the main consideration for any professional sports person, it is wrong to assume that there is little or no money in sports. If professionals are passionate about their games, sports can be a means to provide them with fulfillment, happiness, prosperity and material rewards. This article highlights five of the richest sports professionals in the world.

Floyd Mayweather: Born in America, Floyd is the second athlete after Tiger Woods to earn more than 100 million USD dollars. He is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes and is currently undefeated. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross (USD150 million), live gate (USD20 million) and total revenue (roughly USD 200 million). He pocketed 105 million US dollars for his roles of a pugilist and promoter.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Born in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, is another valuable player in the world. A professional Portuguese footballer, Ronaldo plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. He was awarded a contract worth 200 million US dollars by Real Madrid and today has many records to his name as well. In addition, his good looks has also helped him win many sponsorship deals with big brands like Coca-Cola, Castrol, Konami, Banco Espirito Santo, Motorola, Jacob & Co., Herbalife, KFC, Tag Heuer and Fly Emirates.

LeBron James: A professional NBA player, LeBron James has won many championships and four MVP awards, making him the king of NBA. He is one of the costliest player in the world is proved by the fact that sales of his signature Nike shoes were among the highest ranked among active players at $300 million in the U.S. during 2013, according to research firm SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA’s best-seller. As a result, James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame with the help of numerous endorsement deals. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny and he has been ranked as one of America’s most influential and popular athletes. Further, he has also been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, and hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, making him extremely popular in the sports circuit.

Lionel Messi: Another legend in his own right, Lionel Messi is an acclaimed footballer and one of the most costly players in the world. He finished as runner up in the 2013 Ballon d’Or after winning it for a record four consecutive years and even won the Golden Ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sponsors like Adidas, who launched his signature shoe last year, and Turkish Airlines, who paired him with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, have invested a massive amount of money in this prolific goal scorer. He earns more than 64.7 million US dollars which includes both pay and endorsements.

Kobe Bryant: A NBA player from USA, Kobe Bryant is worth more than USD 61.5 million. He has the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year during the 2013-14 season. His USD 30.5 million salary is nearly USD 8 million higher than any other player. Though he missed all but six games of the 2013-14 season due to a fracture in his left knee, his jersey is still NBA’s third best seller during the season after LeBron James and Kevin Durant. In addition, Bryant ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. His endorsement deals with Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini are worth more than $30 million annually.

These are only five of the most costliest players in the world. There are many others who earn more than millions of dollars on a yearly basis. These sports persons are legends in their own right and have set massive records in their respective field. The bottom line is that if you follow your heart and are passionate about your game, financial success off the field will not not be very difficult to achieve as well.

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


  1. max says:” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thanks for information….

Leave a Reply