Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes

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10. Lewis Hamilton – Racing Driver


lewis hamilton


Lewis Hamilton is a Formula One racing driver who races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas. He is considered to be one of the best Formula One drivers in the history of the sport and has won the championship three times in 2008, 2014 and 2015. He had a total earning of $46 million along with salary and bonuses of $38 million.



9. James Harden – Basketball Player


James Harden


The professional American basketball player plays for Houston Rockets of the NBA. James Harden played college basketball for Arizona state where he was a Pac 10 Player of the Year in 2009. He earned recognition as the NBA’s most prolific scorer and earned recognition as the best shooting guard. He had a total earnings of $46.6 million with salary and bonuses of $26.6 million.



8. Stephen Curry – Basketball Player


Stephen Curry


Stephen Curry is a popular basketball player and won the championship beating Cleveland Cavs in five games. He is married to Ayesha Alexander, they have two daughters together. He had a total earnings of 47.3 million dollars and his net worth $60 million.



7. Rory McIlroy – Golfer


Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy is the professional golfer. He has been criticized by fans and media for his comments about golf commentator Jay Townsend on Twitter. He has also been criticized by his followers for not attending The Players Championship 2011. He was one of the only two champion golfers to not be a part of the championship. He had a total earnings of $50 million and his net worth is $110 million.



6. Andrew Luck – Football


Andrew Luck


Andrew Luck is a excellent footballer. He attended Stanford University where he was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and won multiple awards. Since he began his NFL career he has been a an NFL rookie more than once. He holds the record for the most passing yards by a rookie too. He had a total earnings of $40 million.



5. Kevin Durant – Football


Kevin Durant


Kevin Durant is one of the best football players. He played high school basketball for three different schools. He played basketball for the Longhorns at the University of Texas but decided to enter the NBA during his freshman year. Kevin Durant has a total earnings of $60.6 million and his net worth $150 million.



4. Roger Federer – Tennis


Roger Federer


Roger Federer is began playing tennis at a very early age and quickly showed signs that he had great talent for the game. At the age of 13, he accepted an invitation by Switzerland’s national tennis training center. He eventually became a top ranked player in the world and held the number 1 position for 237 consecutive weeks. He has won the Wimbledon several times and is also a champion of the Australian Open, French Open and the US Open more than once. He earned a total of $62 million and his net worth of 450 million dollars.



3. Lionel Messi – Football


Lionel Messi


Lionel Messi is an Argentinian born professional footballer. He played his first major soccer match at the age of 16 and at 17, he was the youngest person ever to play on Barcelona. He also won a nomination as a forward for a FIFA ProWorld XI Player and he was named the best player of the world by the newspaper Marca. Lionel Messi earned a total of $80 million and his net worth of $340 million.



2. LeBron James – Basketball


LeBron James


Lebron James is American professional basketball player.  He earns around $25 million and net worth of $400 million. Among the top 100 athletes of the world were 32 NBA players.



1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Football


Cristiano Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo’s father was a gardener and his mother was a cook. He had surgery for a racing heart at the age of 15. No wonder football is the most favorite pastime for the people who can afford the luxury of watching football instead of sweating the hours in labour. He left Manchester United for a $150 million contract with Real Madrid and has been playing for them since 2009. He earns a base salary of $40 million and his net worth is $400 million.