“Practice and real desire to reach the top stands behind the gigantic net worth.” A popular quote by several wealthy athletes. These athletes have built their empires through their struggling careers and impressed lots of fans through their incredible skills, moves, and unforgettable success.
There are richest athletes who earn hefty sums from their major league career, contracts, and sponsorships but there are also lots of them who earn from their business empire and maintain their name at the list of the richest athletes in the sports industry. So, who are they, let us find out.
Kevin Durant is an American NBA Player having a net worth of around $170 million. He mainly earns from his whopping million-dollar contract and lucrative endorsement deals.
He started his career in 2007 and is playing on the court as one of the prominent NBA figures. With his hefty net worth of $170 million and a salary of $25 million to $30 million, he listed #11 in The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018 and #10 in the 2022 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list.
With a net worth of around $130 million and a salary of approximately $42 million (Forbes) to $70 million (Celebrity Net Worth), Stephen Curry is ranked as the 9th highest paid Athlete of 2022. Stephen Curry is an American Basketball player often compared to Basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Curry started his professional playing career in 2009 through the NBA team Golden State Warriors. He not only earns from his on-court career but also makes a good sum of money from his involvement in an acting career.
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LeBron James is one of the American Basketballer who ranks #8 on the list of highest-paid influential athletes as of 2022. He is estimated to have a net worth of around $480 million and has a salary of approximately $53 million as per Forbes and $100 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
As of now, James is playing for Los Angeles Lakers and has spent most of his past career in Cleveland Cavalier. He also earns from his business ventures, investments, and lucrative endorsement deals.
Moreover, he is also some of the few athletes who have a lifetime endorsement contract with Nike of around $1.4 billion.
Aaron Rodgers is estimated to have a net worth of around $120 million according to Celebrity Net Worth whereas Forbes claims his net worth to be only $70 million. Likewise, he probably collects a salary of $20 million to $25 million per year.
Rodgers is listed 7 on the list of the highest-paid athletes with yearly earnings of about $89.3 million. He started his professional career in 2005 as a quarterback for NFL’s Green Bay packers.
He not only accumulated his income from his on-court career but also earns from his off-court career from other lucrative endorsements and a business venture, Rx3 Ventures with $50 million budget.
An American football player holding the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback, Russell Wilson probably has a net worth of around $115 million as of 2022. He is ranked #6 on the list of 2022 highest-paid sportsperson with earnings of $89.5 million per year.
Besides his career, Wilson also earns a paycheck from his endorsement deals, a clothing line (Good Man Brand), business ventures, and commercials.
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional Tennis Player also considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. As of 2022, Federer is worth around $450 million and earns approximately $93.4 million per year making him the 5th highest-paid athlete of the year 2022.
On the list most the players earn from their athletic career, however, he is among the ones who collect a huge paycheck from endorsements and other sources rather than his professional career.
Saul Alvarez popular with the ring name Canelo Alvarez is guessed to have a net worth of around $100 million to $120 million. He is a Mexican professional boxer who won the title of three world championships in the lineal middleweight, light middleweight, and super middleweight divisions.
He is known in the boxing world for his superfast counters and body punches which earned him the label of ‘world’s best active boxer’ similar to Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.
Neymar ranks third on the list of the highest-paid athletes as of 2022 with a salary and earnings of around $105 million per year. Currently, Neymar is playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Football club and has a net worth of around $185 million.
In his career, he has played for prestigious Football clubs including Barcelona and Santos. Besides that, he also makes a few sums from his million-dollar endorsement deals, lucrative agreements, and rising career in the acting Industry.
Regarded as one of the best players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to have a net worth of around $460 million as of 2022.
As of now, the Portuguese football player Ronaldo is making a base salary of around $64 million monthly and approximately $109 million per year.
Moreover, he is also one of the sportspersons to have around $1 billion lifetime contract with Nike.
Yes, Lionel Messi is the highest-paid football player as of 2022. As of various online sources, he earned around $127 million solely in 2018-2022.
Back in 1994, a struggler stepped in the sports industry and is now regarded as one of the greatest players in football history.
He is estimated to have a net worth of around $400 million. His primary sources of income are his salaries from his club and contracts.
He adds some money through his endorsements (lifetime contract with Adidas: $12 million per year), lucrative agreements and commercials.