Unlike olden times, sports today are an amazing source of earning whopping amounts of income. Sportsmen around the world have started earning a lot by excelling in their sports. The richest sportsmen in the world have eliminated the presumption that only studying hard can make you rich!
But why read just about one sportsman? In this article, we will read about some of the richest sportsmen in the world, which excel across sports and their net worth.
World’s Top 10 Richest Sportsmen
Below is a list of the sportsmen who have made the most amount of money out of the sports they play and excel in.
At the age of 34 years, the total net worth of Lionel Messi is $130 million, out of which $75 million is on-field and $55 million is off-field. Lionel Messi is a renowned Soccer player who belongs to the country of Argentina and. Apart from playing for Barcelona, he has acquired his wealth from partnerships with multiple endorsements.
Today, he is the endorser of famous brands such as Adidas, PepsiCo, and Budweiser, which helps him earn up to 20 million dollars a year. He is also the first-ever athlete brand ambassador of Hard Rock International. In 2021, Messi was awarded the Ballon d’Or for being the best soccer player in the world in the men’s category.
With a net worth of around $121 million, Lebron James stands second on our list. He has total earnings of $41 million on-field and $80 million off-field, and he has a vast luxury car collection. He is a famous basketball player that belongs to the US. As of today, he is 37 years old.
Apart from his game, he earns through multiple other sources such as movies, talk shows, production, etc. He recently worked in the movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy” released in the year 2021. He also had a talk show named “The Ship” on HBO, which he has now moved to YouTube. Apart from this, he endorses Crypto.com, Super Bowl, Tonal, and StatusPRO.
Another famous footballer and a tough competitor of Lionel Messi, Cristiano, has a net worth of around $115 million. Out of this, he has acquired $60 million on the field and $55 million off the field. He belongs to Portugal and is 37 years old.
Cristiano has always played for Manchester United, but he is leaving Man UTD now. Apart from soccer, most of his earnings are from his social media handles. He has a total of 690 million followers on his accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He also endorses famous brands such as Nike, Clear shampoo, and Herbalife. Ronaldo has also made significant investments in the Tatel restaurant chain and ZujuGP, which is an app for the digital soccer community.
The next on our list of the richest sportsmen across the globe is Neymar, another celebrated soccer player. Neymar plays for the Ligue 1 club- Paris Saint Germain and the Brazil National team.
Neymar is a Brazilian player, and at the age of 30 only, Neymar has acquired a wealth of around $95 million. His on-field net worth is $70 million, while off-field is $25 million. Recently in November 2020, he made the 400th goal of his career. He is now looking forward to the Qatar World Cup, which could be his last World Cup.
Apart from football, he earns from valuable endorsements such as Puma, Redbull, etc. He was also a part of a Netflix docuseries recently, which was named- Neymar, The Perfect Chaos.
With a net worth of $92.8 million, Stephen Curry stands in the 5th position on our list as of today. His on-field net worth is $45.8 million, and his off-field net worth is $47 million. He is a famous basketball player who is aged 34 years and belongs to the US.
In this season of the NBA, no player made more money than Stephen Curry, which made him eligible for a raise and extension of the contract in the next season. His recent endorsement partnership with the new FTX also gave him an equity stake, adding up to his net worth. He has a production company named Unanimous Media, has his own brand of Sneakers, and is also deeply involved in blockchain.
Kevin Durant is another well-established basketball player who belongs to the US. At the age of 33, he acquired a total wealth of approximately $92 million. While his on-field worth is $42 million, his off-field worth is $50 million.
He is a Brooklyn Nets star, and he earns around $28 million each year from Nike. Apart from this, he has come into a deal with Coinbase, NBA Top Shot, Weedmaps, etc., essential endorsements. However, his business empire is extended the most by his investment firm, “Thirty-Five Ventures.“
Kevin is involved in business with his partner Rich Kleiman, with whom he aims to launch their own SPAC.
Next on our list is of the richest sportsmen in the world, who is neither a basketball player nor a soccer player. Roger Federer is a Tennis player who belongs Switzerland. His net worth in 2022 is around 90 million dollars, out of which his on-field worth is 0.7 million, and his off-field worth is $90 million.
Roger did not earn much from his sports career, as Tennis isn’t much of a giving sport. However, most of his income comes from promoting luxury brands such as Rolex and Uniqlo. He also has his own Swiss shoe brand named “On Running.” He is quite particular about shoe design and works closely with the team for his brand.
Federer retired from his Tennis career in 2022 at the age of 40 years, as his knee surgery in 2021 was not as good as he had hoped and wouldn’t allow him to play as well as before.
The next sportsperson on our list is a famous boxer- Canelo Alvarez. He belongs to Mexico, and at the age of 31, Canelo managed to acquire a total wealth of 90 million dollars. His on-field worth is 85 million dollars, while his off-field worth is 5 million dollars. He is the second highest-earning per-minute athlete in the world.
He earned a lot of stardom as well as money from his two pay-per-view victories, which he earned in May 2022 and November 2022, respectively. Apart from boxing, he earns through his partnership with Hennessy. He also owns a chain of taco restaurants in Mexico and aims to expand to California. Canelo is also planning to launch his own chain of gas stations.
Tom Brady is a famous player of US Football. As of today, he is aged 44 years, and his net worth is around 84 million dollars approximately. The on-field worth of Tom is 32 million dollars approx, and his off-field worth is 52 million dollars.
Tom is an American football quarterback who played in the American NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. He holds every major quarterback record, including completions, touchdown passes, passing yards, etc.
Tom has also been a part of several TV shows, such as “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Entourage,” etc. He also appeared in movies such as Entourage and Ted 2. Moreover, Tom endorsed famous brands such as Aston Martin, Uggs, Under Armour, etc. He is now set to become the lead color commentator for Fox Sports.
Giannis is a famous basketball player who belongs to Greece. At the early age of 27 years, he gives tough competition to all the elders in our list of the richest sportsmen in the world! His net worth is near about 80 million dollars, out of which he has earned around 40 million dollars from the field and 41 million dollars off-field.
He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks team and has been an MVP two times. His contract with the Milwaukee Bucks is the largest in the history of the NBA, costing 228 million dollars for five years. Giannis is also an investor in the timepiece resale platform and has come into a licensing deal with NFTSTAR. He has also endorsed famous brands such as Whatsapp and Google Pixel 6 phones. He is all set to have his biopic name “Rise,” which will be released on Disney+.
Retired Players with Whooping Net Worths
Do you think we missed out on some top names? Actually not. Mentioned below is a list of the top richest sportsmen in the world who have retired but continue having their presence in their sports one way or the other!
With an extensive net worth of $2.2 billion, Michael Jordan is undoubtedly the richest sportsman in the world. He is a retired basketballer who has played 15 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls team. Jordan was born in Brooklyn- an American state famous for its cafes. He brought home six championship trophies with the team and is often referred to as the greatest basketball player the world has ever witnessed. Currently, he has his own business, his shoe brand and has appeared in a few movies too.
Anna is a dressage rider who belongs to Denmark and has a net worth of around $1 billion. She was ranked 4th in the Olympic team competition in 2012 and 14th in the single Olympic competition in the year 2016. The major amount of her wealth comes from her shoe manufacturing company- ECCO.
Tiger Woods has been one of the greatest golfers there ever were and presently has a net worth of around $800 million. He holds a plethora of records in golf, has been a major winner 15 times, and has earned billions of dollars from endorsements. Today, he earns from his agency named Excel Sports Management.
Eddie Jordan is a renowned motor racer who belongs to Ireland. He has raced in Formula Ford, Ford Championship, Formula Three, and many more such championships. Today, he has a net worth of more than $600 million dollars. Today, he works as a commentator and analyst for BBC Channel 4.
With a net worth of around $600 million, Bridgeman is another famous and rich retired player. He was a basketball player who played for 12 years in the National Basketball League. He also owns more than 100 Wendy’s and Chili’s restaurants and owns the Ebony and Jet magazines as of today.
The players mentioned above are household names who have made their mark in their respective sports. They have been an inspiration for children who wish to make a career in various sports.
So these are the richest sportsmen in the world. Do you have any other name in mind? Let us know in the comments below.
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