Earning is one of the basic goal in the modern games and almost every player of every game wants to be more and more richer and is in the race of being at the top. Some of the athletes earns a huge amount of money according to forbes. Here is a list of top 10 athletes who are paid high in the world.
Top 10 Most Highest Paid Athletes In The World – Forbez Top paid Athletes
10. Kobe Bryant – Basketball $49.5 M
Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the fifth straight year at $23.5 million in 2014-15. Bryant took a $7 million pay cut on his Lakers’ salary last season under the two-year, $48.5 million extension he signed in 2013. Injuries limited the 17-time All-Star to only 41 games combined over the past two seasons.
09. Tiger Woods – Golf $50.6 M
Woods made only seven cuts in 13 events during 2014 and the first half of 2015. It is a staggering fall for a player who made a record 142 straight cuts over seven years ending in 2005. Blame injuries to his elbow and back, which hampered the 14-time Majors winner over the last two years. His last Major win was the 2008 U.S. Open.
08. Phil Mickelson – Golf $50.8 M
Mickelson earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners Callaway, Barclays, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen. He picked up a deal to promote psoriatic arthritis drug Enbrel after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and used the drug for his treatment.
07. Kevin Durant – Basketball $54.2 M
The four-time NBA scoring champ won his first MVP trophy in 2014 after leading the Oklahoma Thunder to the second best record in the NBA. The 2015-16 season is the final year on the $85 million contract he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010.
06. LeBron James – Basketball $64.8 M
James is the first NBA player to appear in five straight NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s. The NBA’s four-time MVP returned to Cleveland in July 2014 when he signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract after four seasons in Miami.
05. Roger Federer – Tennis $67 M
After seeing his world ranking drop to No. 7 in 2013, Federer rebounded last year and finished the year ranked second. He continues to be among the world’s best players 17 years after he turned pro. He holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($90 million). He appeared in a staggering 18 out of 19 Grand Slam finals between 2005 and 2010.
04. Lionel Messi – Soccer $73.8 M
In 2014, Barcelona awarded their record four-time FIFA player of the year with a $9 million a year raise in his 7th contract since 2005 to bring his take home pay to $50 million a year through 2018. The Argentine holds records for most goals in Barca competitions, most goals in La Liga competitions, most goals scored in a calendar year and most hat tricks scored.
03. Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer $79.6 M
The three-time and reigning FIFA best player in the world has scored 60 or more goals in each of the last four calendar years and averages a goal a game for his club Real Madrid. He has a $50+ million a year salary (with bonuses) through 2018 to show for it.
02. Manny Pacquiao – Boxing $160 M
Pacquiao’s $125 million payday for his bout against Floyd Mayweather was four times his previous high for a boxing match (Pacman’s boxing earnings also include $23 million for his November fight against Chris Algieri).
01. Floyd Mayweather – Boxing $300 M
Mayweather’s $300 million year shatters the record for athlete earnings, which was previously held by Tiger Woods who banked $115 million in 2008.