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20 Highest Paid Athletes In 2016

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Sportsmen who play and perform in the game are likely to get more attention in all over the world. That’s how they rank higher, get sponsors, magnificent salaries and deals. In every sports, there is a top-performer who becomes a huge attraction. Keeping up that in view, let’s take a look at 20 Highest Paid Athletes in the world. This list is a 2016 update and it covers the earnings of top 20 athletes as per their contract winnings, endorsements, salaries and other deals they’ve signed. Scroll down!

20. Derrick Rose – Basketball Player

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Approximate Earnings: $34 Million

Began his career in 2008 and since then, taking himself on higher stage with his absolute great efforts. He plays for Chicago Bulls in NBA with whom he even have signed a contract of 5 years worth $94 Million approximately. He gets around $19 Million as his salary. Undoubtedly, he is quiet an eye catchy basketball player who won NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2011. He is on 20th spot in the list of highest paid athletes in the world.

19. Jon Lester – Baseball Player

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Approximate Earnings: $34 Million

Last year he have signed a contract of 6 years worth $155 Million with Chicago Cubs. He have won a World Series in 2007 for the previous league he played for, Boston Red Sox. He is really been a great pitcher for Red Sox which always gave them a boost up in their performances. Now he has signed a big contract with Chicago Cubs and that’s where his earnings will keep up boosting. He is on 19th spot in the list of highest paid athletes in the world.

18. Gareth Bale – Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $35 Million

Proved to be the best football athlete for Real Madrid right now. Previously he played for Tottenham Hotspur, in which he achieved good success by showing-off his abilities. He have also won numerous awards for his jaw-dropping performances. Though, his back-to-back achievements are truly drawing more attention of the people at him. He is getting good deals of endorsements and have signed a $25 Million/per year contract with Real Madrid which is a plus point for him. Gareth Bale is on 18th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world right now.

17. Fernando Alonso – Formula One Driver

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Approximate Earnings: $36 Million

Two-times world champion in Spanish Formula One! Probably one of the most tricky race driver you are looking at. He missed his 3rd title of ‘Champion’, just short of some speed and distance maybe, and finished as runner-up, while playing for Ferrari (2010-14). Currently, he have signed a big contract deal with Honda-McLaren worth around $40 Million, which is gonna end in 2017. Classy race-driver! Fernando Alonso is on 17th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world currently.

16. Ndamukong Suh – American Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $39 Million

One of the best Defensive Tackle in NFL with numerous achievements and awards with his previous league Detroit Lions. Now currently he is playing for Miami Dolphins with whom he have signed a 6 years deal of around $114 Million with the base salary decided of $35 Million and extra bonuses too. He is quiet aggressive, but he is truly an outstanding athlete in baseball. Ndamukong Suh is on 16th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

15. Lewis Hamilton – Formula One Driver

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Approximate Earnings: $39 Million

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Here we have 3-times World Champion of the Formula One racing. At the age of 10, he told the McLaren Team Principal that he wants to race for them one day. Lewis Hamilton was signed by McLaren first and then, currently he have a deal signed with Mercedes after winning the ‘World Champion’ title last year. In the deal, he’ll be getting paid $31 Million annually, guaranteed. Plus, he have signed around $3 Million sponsorship deals. Lewis Hamilton is on 15th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

14. Zlatan Ibrahimović – Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $39 Million

He is a professional Swedish footballer with mind blowing skills as a striker. Currently he plays for Paris Saint-German and have previously played for several more leagues. He is the country’s all-time leading goal scorer and because of his astonishing skills, he have achieved numerous awards. As a captain of the national team, he performs brilliantly and even he is one of the greatest soccer players. So, that’s why he gets huge attention and gets numerous endorsements. Plus, he has a great deal with Paris Saint-German which will pay him $31 Million annually. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on 14th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

13. Novak Djokovic – Tennis Player

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Approximate Earnings: $48 Million

One of the greatest tennis athletes of all time with currently no.1 ranked by Association of Tennis Professionals in Men’s Singles. His achievements are countless and that’s what makes him the most attention-receiving tennis player in the world. He have signed numerous endorsements and also have signed a deal with Uniqo Company and that’s what overall earns him $32 Million. His career-best earnings were $17 Million in 2015. Novak Djokovic is on 13th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

12. Rory Mcllroy – Golfer

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Approximate Earnings: $48 Million

He is one of the most marketable athletes in the world because of his achievements and flashy performances that caught everyone’s eyes. He was ranked on 1st spot for 100 weeks by Official World Golf Ranking and also, he have won the ‘Champion’ title for 4 times. In 2015, he earned impressive earnings of around $16 Million and besides, he earned good amount from his endorsements. Rory Mcllroy is on 12th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

11. Ben Roethlisberger – American Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $49 Million

Since 2004, he is been playing for Pittsburgh Steelers as a Quarterback. He is one of the best passers in history of NFL. He have won several awards for his tremendous performances and have a great deal of $87 Million for 4 years period signed with Steelers. He even received a signing bonus of $31 Million. Plus, he earns great amount from the sponsorship deals that he have signed. Ben Roethlisberger is on 11th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

10. Kobe Bryant – Basketball Player

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Approximate Earnings: $50 Million

He is a 5-times NBA Championship winner and a shinning star of Los Angeles Lakers in NBA. He have brought his career successfully to the front and have won numerous achievements. Bryant has played only for Lakers since 1996, when he was first drafted. He receives a guaranteed salary of approximately $23 Million from Lakers and his achievements have brought him numerous endorsements from which he earns $26 Million. Kobe Bryant is on 10th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

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9. Tiger Woods – Golfer

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Approximate Earnings: $51 Million

One of the most successful golfers of all time who have broken many records in history of Golf. He is even been on 1st spot in Golf Rankings for the most of consecutive weeks; from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 weeks) and from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 weeks). He receives huge attention and gets lot of endorsements deals. Last year, his earnings from the winnings were not just enough like it was just around $0.5 Million. But he makes great earnings of around $20 Million from Nike and more from other sponsorship deals that he have signed. Tiger Woods is on 9th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

8. Phil Mickelson – Golfer

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Approximate Earnings: $51 Million

Here comes the ‘lefty’ golfer who have really made everyone astonished with his left-hand playing. Phil Mickelson have won 5 major championships and spent 700 weeks in the Top 10 Golf Rankings. His left-hand-playing abilities have attracted everyone’s attention towards him and he is one of the 16 golf athletes in history to win more than 3 majors in career. In golf winnings, he have  won less than $3 Million so far. But the major source of his earnings his from his magnificent sponsorship deals. He earns around $48 Million from his sponsorship deals. Phil Mickelson is on 8th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

7. Kevin Durant – Basketball Player

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Approximate Earnings: $54 Million

Began his career in 2007, currently he is quiet a prominent player in NBA. He plays for Oklahoma City Thunder as a Small Forward. He have won numerous awards for his outstanding performances like NBA MVP Award, 4-times scoring awards, Gold Medal in Olympics etc. He gets a guaranteed salary of $19 Million per year and besides, he have a really great deal signed with Nike worth $285 Million, which means he earns around $29 Million per year. Kevin Durant is on 7th spot in the list of most highest paid athlete in the world.

6. LeBron James – Basketball Player

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Approximate Earnings: $65 Million

He plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA since he was first selected by them in 2003. He have achieved lot of success in his career and that’s what makes him even one of the most greatest basketball athletes of all time. He have won 2-times NBA Championships, 4-times NBA MVPs, 2-times NBA Finals MVP etc. He gets a handy salary of $20 Million and additionally, he have a great deal signed with Nike that earns him around $50 Million approximately. LeBron James is on 6th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

5. Roger Federer – Tennis Player

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Approximate Earnings: $67 Million

Currently holds the 3rd position in the ATP World Rankings and because of his accomplishments, he is ranked under Top 10 in the ATP World Rankings since 2002. He have won bunch of awards and honors in his career and that’s what even makes him one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. Last year, he have earned around $9 Million from his major winnings and besides, he have deals signed with Rolex, Nike and others that earn him around $58 Million sponsorship money. Roger Federer is on 5th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

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4. Lionel Messi – Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $72 Million

One of the most popular and all-time greatest footballer in the world after Ronaldo. He is even the first football player to won Golden Shoe Award for 3-times and FIFA World Player of the Year for 5-times. In addition, there are many more awards and honors that he have received constantly. All of that makes him one of the most recognized footballer of all time. With his all time Barcelona club, he earns $400,000 weekly and additionally, he have signed great deals with Adidas, EA Sport, Turkish Airlines etc. Lionel Messi is on 4th spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Footballer

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Approximate Earnings: $80 Million

He is known as one of the most greatest footballer in history and being loved in all over the world. He have achieved massive records and have won numerous awards and honors in his career. He is the all time leading scorer in Real Madrid and the 2nd leading goal-scorer in history of La Liga. Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer with earning $408,000 per week and some of his signed big endorsements and deals earn him around $27 Million per year. Cristiano Ronaldo is on 3rd spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

2. Manny Pacquiao – Boxer

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Approximate Earnings: $130 Million

The first and only eight-division world champion boxer as he was also been titled as “Fighter Of The Decade (2000)” by BWAA, WBC and WBO. Surely, he is always been recognized as a eight-division world champion who have earned $120 Million from Mayweather fights and additionally he earns $10 Million from the endorsements. Manny Pacquiao is on 2nd spot in the list of most highest paid athletes in the world.

1. Floyd Mayweather – Boxer

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Approximate Earnings: $300 Million

Winner! Here we have the five-division world champion in our list. Retired unbeaten! Known as the best boxer of his era and have won multiple awards for his mind-blowing fights. He even have won 12 world titles in his career. He is also been titled as “Pound-By-Pound Best Boxer In The World” in last 25 years. Mayweather have made $250 Million from Manny Pacquiao fights and $40 Million from fighting against Berto. Floyd Mayweather has topped the list of highest paid athletes in the world. Incredible!

Well, what do you say about all of these athletes? They have been quiet interesting their careers and have generated quiet great earnings. What do you think about the list? Who is gonna beat MayWeather now? He is retired now and the eyes are on Messi and Ronaldo to top the list. Let’s see!

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