World’s Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes According To Forbes

World’s Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes According To Forbes
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Forbes disclosed the list of world’s top 10 highest paid athletes of 2021. Their earnings are derived from their endorsements, salaries, bonuses and prize money in the several past 12 months. Though the pandemic had created chaos in the world economy and in sports too.

                   Impact on Earnings Due To Covid

Still there many modifications as Covid -19 reduced prize money and playing time across sports with many events being cancelled. But it didn’t affect severely on the incomes of top 10 athletes, as endorsements and business transactions were there to support their revenues. In fact they have taken home gross earnings of US$1.05 billion over the last year, which is 28% more than 2020’s top earners.

Go through the following list and know about the athletes in top 10

# 10/10 Kevin Durant

  • Total Earnings: US$ 75 M
  • Nationality: US
  • Age: 32
  • Sport: Basketball

Kevin made $31mn on the field and $44mn off the field.

# 9/10 Tom Brady

  • Total Earnings: US$76 M
  • Nationality: US
  • Age: 43
  • Sport: Football

Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl Title last year and earned $45mn on the field.He earned $31mn from his brand endorsements. He even launched a film production company.

# 8/10 Lewis Hamilton

  • Total Earnings: US $82 M
  • Nationality: UK
  • Age: 36
  • Sport: Formula 1

The British racing driver’s 11 race win of last season made him attain $70mn on the field and $12mn Lewis earned from brand endorsements like Puma and Tommy Hilfiger.

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# 7/10 Roger Federer

  • Total Earnings: US$90 M
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Age: 39
  • Sport: Tennis

Roger made maximum of his earnings off the field by sponsorhips with brands, and made  just $ 30,000 on the field.

# 6/10 Neymar

  • Total Earnings: US$95M
  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Age:29
  • Sport: Soccer

Neymar earns US$76mn on the field and US$19mn off field.

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# 5/10 Lebron James

  • Total Earnings: US$96.5 M
  • Nationality: US
  • Age: 36
  • Sport: Basketball

This star will soon be making Hollywood debut and is a brand face of PepsiCo. Lebron earns $31.5mn on the field and $ 65 mn off field.

# 4/10 Dak Prescott

  • Total Earnings: US$107.5 M
  • Nationality: United States
  • Age: 27
  • Sport: Football

Dak Prescott is the quarterback of Dallas Cowboys. He signed a 4 year contract of $160mn with Dallas Cowboys that included $66 mn signing bonus. Hence he made $97mn as an athlete and$10mn as a brand ambassador and investor.

# 3/10 Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Total Earning: US$ 120M
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Age: 36
  • Sport: Soccer

Christiano became the first person in the world to have reached 500 million followers on facebook, twitter and instagram. He earned US$ 70mn through his sports and $50 mn through his endorsements.

# 2/10 Lionel Messi

  • Total Earning: US$130 M
  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Age: 33
  • Sport: Soccer

Lionel Messi’s controversy of four year contract with Barcelona leaked last year. It revealed that it pays Messi more than required terms. Meanwhile he earned $97mn on the field and $33 mn off the field.

# 1/10 Conor McGregor

  • Total Earning: US$180 M
  • Nationality: Ireland
  • Age: 32
  • Sport: Mixed Martial Art (MMA)

McGregor earned $22mn by his win over Donald Cerrone. And secondly he obtained $158 mn from his brand endorsements.

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