Revealed: The world’s highest paid athletes
From Mayweather to Kobe Bryant, here are the world’s highest paid sports stars
From Mayweather to Kobe Bryant, here are the world’s highest paid athletes, according to figures compiled by Forbes. 10. Kobe Bryant: One of three basketball stars on the list, Bryant earnsed $49.5 million in winnings and endorsements. In 2014 and 2015, he had the highest salary in the NBA. However, that changed due to injuries which limited his performance. 9. Tiger Woods (golf): Former No.1 golfer experienced a staggering fall from grace due to a crisis in his personal life which impacted his game. However, he still earned $50.6 million. 8. Phil Mickelson: Five-time golf champion Mickelson earned $50.8 million a year. Most of the earnings come from endorsement deals with Callaway, Barclays, KPMG, Exxon Mobile, Rolex, and Amgen. 7. Kevin Durant: Another basketball player, Durant was paid $54.1 million. He’s a four-time NBA scoring champion. 6. LeBron James: $64.8 million is LeBron’s regular pay check. James is the first NBA player to appear in five consecutive NBA finals since the 1960s. 5. Roger Federer: While his world ranking dropped to number seven in 2013, Tennis player Federer bounced back to number two last year with earning of $67 million. 4. Lionel Messi: Barcelona’s team player earned $73.8 million. The Argentinian holds the record for the most goals in Barcelona history. 3. Cristiano Ronaldo: Everyone’s favourite footballer earned a little more than $79.5 million. The 30-year-old Real Madrid player scored over 60 goals in each of the last four calendar years. 2. Manny Pacquiao: Although he earned a little more than half of what his opponent, Mayweather, earned, he still took the second spot with $160 million. 1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: They don’t call him “money” for nothing. Mayweather earned $300 million in the last year alone. The boxer’s May fight with Manny Pacquiao topped boxing’s financial records and was dubbed history’s biggest match.