There is no doubt that the sports players are among the richest people in the world. They are superstars and they earn a lot of money by entertaining us. But every sports have differences relating to what they can pay to their players.
Here is the ranking Top 10 Best Paid Sports in the World 2020. We consider not only wages, but also the prizes money they get or the money from their sponsorship deal. It’s another level for an ordinary worker.
You have already heard talking about Tour de France, haven’t you? It’s the most prestigious cycling race in the world. Best cyclists compete with each other in the French roads every year. And is a stunning show that anyone can see by tv even if you’re in the other side of the planet. Result: money flowing to the competition, money flowing to the athletes.
Lance Armstrong is both a legend and the most controversial cyclist of all time. In his best days on the bike, Armstrong achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2010, with a total earnings of $28 million.
Nowadays, the highest paid cyclist in the world is Peter Sagan. His income in tem Bora-Hansgrohe was €6 million.
It’s part of American culture: baseball. And attracts lots of fans, not only in US, but all over the world.
It’s not easy to understand that biggest baseball players are among the highest paid athletes in all sports.
Alex Rodriguez is a simbol of baseball. He achieved the 7th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2003 with a total income of $26 million and again achieved the 9th place in 2004 with a total income of $26.2 million and in 2011 with $35 million total income.
8. Ice Hockey
The so-called “Fastest Game on Earth”, ice hockey players have frequently achieved decent positions in the Forbes rankings. Do you remember Wayne Gretsky, when he achieved 5th place in the list in 1994 with a total income of $13.5 million?
But Gretsky achievment — financially speaking — can’t compete with Fedorov performance in 1998. The Russian international ice hockey player achieved the 3rd place in Forbes’ list in tha year, with $29.8 million total income.
Almost everyone loves tennis. This sport is played by millions worldwide. Professional tournaments can give you money, lot of money. But it’s really difficult to get there and keep a good perfomance over years.
We are used to see tennis players in decent positions in the Forbes list of richest players. For instance, legendary tennis player Andre Agassi achieved 6th place in the list in 1992 with a total income of $11 million.
Almost 3 decades after, there is a name centring all the attettion in the tennis world: Roger Federer. He is a legend. Financially speaking, Federer achieved 6th place in 2008 with $35 million total income. He again got the spot in 2010 with $43 million total income and again in 2013 with $71.5 million total income.
The Beautiful game. Soccer. Or just football. It’s the most popular game in the world, for sure. So it’s not a surprise saying that football players are among the wealthiest people in sports.
David Beckham first achieved 8th place in the Forbes list in 2004 with a total income of $28 million. He again achieved the 7th place in the list in 2005. Four years later, the British player again achieved the 2nd place in 2008 with a total income of $50 million.
Last decade, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the 1st place in the 2017 Forbes list of richest players with a total income of $93 million. Besides, another legendary Argentine footballer Lionel Messi also achieved the 2nd place in the list last year with a total income of $86.2 million. At the moment Messi is the highest-paid footballer in the world, followed by Ronaldo.
5. American Football
Every year, Americans (and people around the world) enjoy one of the most commercial sporting event in the world: Superbowl.
American football is one of the most popular sports in America. It attracts a lot of sponsor — the major ones. Players are super super stars. And earn big money.
Some history: Joe Montana first achieved 7th place in the Forbes list in 1992 with a total income of $9.5 million. NFL star Deion Sanders achieved the 3rd place in the list in 1995 with a total income of $22.5 million.
Famous NFL participant Peyton Manning achieved the 3rd place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2004 with $42 million. Michael Vick achieved the 4th place in the list in 2005 with $37.5 million. Another famous NFL star, Tom Brady, achieved the 9th place in 2006 with a total income of $29 million.
If you are talkin about golf, you are talking about… Tiger Woods. There is no sport in the world with such predominant influence of one single player as golf and what Woods did.
Tiger Woods made history achieving the first place in Forbes list of Richest Players, a record eleven times. He first topped the Forbes list in 2002 with $69 million. Then in 2003 with $78 million, in 2004 with $80.3 million, in 2005 with $87 million, in 2006 with $90 million, in 2007 with $100 million, in 2008 with $115 million, in 2009 with $110 million, in 2010 with $105 million and in 2011 with $75 million. Finally, he tops again in 2013 with a total income of $78.1 million. Tired? Ok. We are done.
3. Auto racing
Formula 1, Nascar… you name it. Auto racing sports envolve lot of endorsement and sponsorhip deals with reputed brands, attracting a lot of money to the competition.
F1 legend Michael Schumacher achieved the first place of the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1999 with a total income of $49 million. The German driver again achieved the same in 2000 with $59 million.
Long before that, Ayrton Senna achieved the 3rd place of Forbes list of Richest Players in 1992 with $22 million.
In 2019, Lewis Hamilton got a paycheck from Mercedes team of about $50 million. With that, the British driver had become F1’s highest-paid driver with nearly $500 million in career earnings.
Boxing appels to human nature of survival. That’s why boxing matches are among the very best paying sporting event.
Boxers can get a lot of money from Pay-Per-View commissions, betting, and endorsements. When we talk lot of money it’s really a lot of money.
Mike Tyson was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Tyson topped the Forbes list in 1991 with earnings of $28.6 million. He again repeated the same in 1996 with a total income of $75 million.
Floyd Mayweather is probably the most iconic boxer of the last decade. He topped the Forbes list with $85 million income in 2012 and again achieved the first place in 2014 with $105 million income.
NBA is not only popular in America, but it attracts fans around the world. Basketball players in best teams not only get huge paychecks because every teams wants to have them in their squad. But as super stars, they also get millions and millions with endorsements contracts with the biggest brands.
Iconic Michael Jordan topped the Forbes list of richest players in 1992, with earnings of $35.9 million.
Jordan then achieved $36.0 million in 1993, $30.01 million in 1994, $43.9 million in 1995, $78.3 million in 1997 and $69 million in 1998. Another legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal achieved the 6th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players. He has earned $15.2 million in 1993 and again achieved the 2nd place with $16.7 million in 1994.
These days, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) collects the highest salary: $40.2 million. Russel Westbrook (Houston Rockets) earns $38.5 million. Only counting salaries. Different times, hein?