These days, the scope of earning money for sportsmen has widened because of extensive broadcasting. Many football, tennis and basketball players have become world icons and celebrities for their magnificent skills and charisma. Many of these are paid more than many actors, professors and politicians. Here are some world famous and richest sportsmen in the world:
Floyd Mayweather is the most celebrated boxing champion in the world. In 2016, he earned more than three hundred million dollars. The sportsman owns his own private jet, which is always filled with coin bags, just like in movies! He leads a lavish lifestyle and makes no secret about it. His watch collection of $6.4 million is enough to tell about his record breaking earning.
Most famous Mayweather opponent is Manny Pacquaio, a famous boxer who was awarded with $125 million for his fights in 2015. This year, the sportsman estimated worth was $250 million. He is now regarded as the best boxer, given Mayweather is about to retire.
He is a worldwide famous Portuguese footballer, known for diverse fan following. Ronaldo is famous for his charismatic personality that has won him huge endorsements as well. This match-winning player has now become an iconic figure in football world. Ronaldo has earned around $79 million in this year, out of which $27 million has been earned from sponsorship and endorsements. He is hired by sportswear brands for advertisements. The player also did a deal with Nike which was of $8 million worth, apart from his representations in brands like Komani, Castrol and Herbalife.
Lionel Messi recently changed football history with his record-breaking performance in Barcelona. This sportsman has been rewarded with millions worth rewards. He is known for his trickery on field. Messi earned $51.8 million in 2014, apart from his earnings from endorsements and various sponsorship. Although he is retired now, the player still enjoys worldwide popularity and earns a lot from attending different shows.
Although he appears modest in tennis field, Faderer is an iconic sportsman in tennis world. Having less controversial and an ultra-clean global image has helped him in getting huge deals with mega expensive luxury brands like Rolex, Credit Suisse and Nike.The sportsman has exquisite taste for clothing and is often seen in high-end tailoring shops like Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Last year, he earned $58 million from endorsements only.
Lebron James is a famous basketball face of America. Known for his aggressive style and will-power, Lebron James is no doubt one of the richest sportsman. He was paid $64.8 million in year 2015, apart from his net worth of $425 million. He owns a house worth $9 million in Cleveland. It is a lavish house covering an area of thirty thousand square feet. Lately, he bought a three hundred thousand dollars worth diamond ring for her fiancee, which shows how lavish and rich LeBron James is.
He is a 26 year old football player who has been lucky enough to get deals with brands like Under Armour and Nike. Durant signed an offer worth of $300 million to represent Nike sports summer collection in 2014. His earnings reached $54.2 million in 2015.