Top Ten Highest Paid Athletes of 2017

Top Ten Highest Paid Athletes of 2017

The best sports stars on earth have had another good year. While salaries continue to rise the players at the apex of this lucrative earnings food chain set themselves apart through endorsement earnings.

The athlete earnings outlined below span from June 1, 2016 all the way to June 1, 2017 and they are inclusive of appearance fees, licensing, endorsements, prize money, bonuses and salaries.

The following are the 10 highest paid athletes of 2017:

Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 M)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese Football player and is currently plying his trade in Spain for Real Madrid. This year,Cristiano was declared the best soccer player on the globe for the 4th time by FIFA.

He has managed to get a contract extension of 4 years that pays him $50 million annually. Furthermore, he has secured a lifetime deal Nike. The current season saw him lead Real Madrid to win a La Liga title as well as consecutive Champions League crowns.

He has a growing line of products that are branded CR7 i.e. a line of hotels, jeans, fragrance, underwear and shoes. He is the most popular athlete on the planet with an unbelievable 275 million followers on social media.

LeBron James ($86.2 M)

LeBron is a professional basketball player who is a four-time MVP in the NBA. He came back to Cleveland to lead the Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016. The victory made him to re-sign for another 3 years under a deal whose worth is $100 million. His endorsement portfolio now includes Verizon, Intel, Kia Motor, Beats by Dre, Coca-Cola and Nike.

LeBron’s lifetime deal with Nike has the potential of netting him $1 billion or even more. He together with Maverick Carter (business manager) own a production company called SpringHill Entertainment.

Lionel Messi ($80 M)

Messi is a 30 years old professional football player with Barcelona. In this last season, he has scored 53 goals which is a La Liga record and proceeded to assist in an additional 16goals across a total of 52 club appearances.

He has a lifelong deal with the giant German sportswear i.e. Adidas. His other sponsors include Tata Motors, Huawei Technologies and Gatorade.

Roger Federer ($64 M)

Federer is a household name in the world of tennis. He is 36 years old and is married with a total of 4 children. He has won close to $104 million worth of prize money in his sports career. However, he makes much more from endorsements and appearances.

He partners with sponsors like NetJets, Sunrise, Moet & Chandon, Jura, Lindt, Rolex, Mercedes, Credit Suisse, Wilson and Nike.

Kevin Durant ($60.6 M)

Kevin Durant is a 29-year old NBA athlete. Durant has lucrative endorsements with NBA 2K, Panini, Sparkling Ice, BBVA, American Family Insurance, Beats and Nike.

He has an impressive average of 27.2 career points per game thus making him the one of the best active players. Kevin earns a salary of $26.6 M.

Andrew Luck ($50 M)

Andrew Luck is a 28-year old an NFL athlete who earns a salary of $47 M and has endorsements worth $3 M. His sponsors include Nike, Panini, BodyArmor, DirecTV, TD Ameritrade and Upper Deck.

He  has a Bachelor of Arts / Science degree from Stanford University and currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

Rory McIlroy ($50 M)

Rory managed to win 2 events during the PGA Tour playoffs thus capturing the coveted FedEx Cup and a bonus of $10 million. He has several sponsors i.e. Nike, Electronic Arts, TaylorMade, Upper Deck and Omega. He is just 28 years old and has held the World Number One title for more than 95 weeks.

Stephen Curry ($47.3 M)

Stephen Curry is a 29-year old NBA athlete who is married with 2 children. He is a two-time MVP and has had the bestselling NBA jersey for the past 2 seasons. He has signed endorsements with PressPlay, Vivo, Brita, Under Armour, eHi Car Rental and JPMorgan Chase.

James Harden ($46.6 M)

This NBA athlete’s on-court income was increased when the Rockets decided to renegotiate the last 2 years of Harden’s contract so that it covers 4 years with a worth of $118 million. He has a strong play and unique style that has made him become among the most marketable players in the NBA.

James is single and aged 28 years. His sponsors include Foot Locker, BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, Adidas, New Era, BodyArmor and Beats Electronics.

Lewis Hamilton ($46 M)

Lewis Hamilton is an F1 Driver who earns $38 M in salary/winnings and endorsements worth $8 M. He won a record 10 FI races in the year 2016. Lewis is at the center of his contract extension that commenced in 2016 and has a high likelihood of paying out close to $120 million (inclusive of bonuses).

He has endorsement deals with Bombardier Recreational Products, MV Agusta Motorcycles, Puma, Bose, L’Oreal, Monster Energy and IWC.

 

 

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