Forbes has come out with another of their comprehensive lists, ranking sportsmen across the globe on the basis of their earnings. Here are 5 highest paid sportsmen worldwide.
5. Kevin Durant (Basketball) –$60.6 million
Kevin Durant’s 27.2 career points per game average are the best among active players – and the fourth best of all time. His shock move from Oklahoma City to Golden State last season made the Warriors an absolutely unbeatable team. This was a move that only helped boost his already sky-high brand value.
4. Roger Federer (tennis) –$64 million
His rip-roaring comeback from a in 2017 from a knee-injury that was set to end his career; winning 2 Grand Slams proved that the word “arguably” in “he is arguably the greatest of all time” was the most superfluous usage of that term ever; his new five year deal with Barilla, a pasta brand, worth $40 million alone.
3. Lionel Messi (soccer) –$80 million
Leo Messi’s deal with EA Sports ended recently, making Adidas the single most important member of his portfolio, accounting for more than half of the Argentine’s $27 Million endorsement pie; and as he continues to perform miracles on the pitch his brand value keeps going through the roof.
2. LeBron James (basketball) –$86.2 million
LeBron James is the King. The 4-time MVP won himself a place in NBA legend-dom by propelling un-fancied Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA crown. His $31.2 million salaries for last season (2016-17) made him third in NBA history to earn a $30 million+ salary after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) –$93 million
The four-year extension Ronaldo secured with Real Madrid has upped his annual salary to $58 million a year; he continues to grow in stature winning his record-equalling fifth FIFA Best player of the year award.
After leading Portugal to European Championship glory in 2016, he joined a select band of athletes to have an airport renamed in his honor; plus his ever-growing social media accounts point toward a popularity that is not going to wane anytime soon.