In the last one decade revolution occurred in sports. Fans are showing more interest in various kind of sports, in addition to this, sponsors are investing more and more money in sports. As a result, athletes are getting a higher and higher salary as well as the endorsements. US-based famous magazine Forbes has published the list of the highest-paid athletes in 2019. In this article, we will tell you about the top 10 highest paid athletes of the year.
# Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes:
10) Kevin Durant:
The 2 times NBA champion has recently departed Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets. The small forward earns $30.4 million as salary. He also gets 35 million USD as endorsements. So the American basketball player stands 10th in the Forbes’ list.
9) Stephen Curry:
The Golden State Warriors superstar earns $37.8 million as his basic salary and winnings. He also earns 42 million USD as endorsements. The basketball sensation has helped the Warriors to win 3 NBA championship title in 2015, 2017 and 2018 with his magic on the field.
8) LeBron James:
Another basketball sensation to get his place in the list. The Los Angeles Lakers star has a yearly earning of $36 million as his salary and winnings. The small forward cum power forward also gains 53 million as endorsements. He is also the highest-earning basketball player at this moment.
7) Aaron Rodgers:
In the number 7 spot stands American Football (NFL) star Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers man earn a massive salary of $80.3 million. Moreover, The quarterback gains 9 million USD as the endorsements.
6) Russel Wilson:
Another National Football League athlete who has been placed among the top 10 highest-earning athletes. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback earns $80.5 million as his basic salary. Besides, he also earns $9 million as endorsements, as same as his league rival Aaron Rodgers.
5) Roger Federer:
The only Tennis player to be picked in this list. The Swiss sensation is the highest time Grand Slam winners with 20 Grand Slam titles in his bag. He occupies the 5th position in the list. As like other Tennis players, his main source of income his endorsements. From this source he gains $86 million USD, meanwhile, the veteran also earns 7.4 million USD as Salary and winnings.
4) Canelo Alvarez:
Canelo Alvarez is the only Boxing player to get a place in this list. He gets the 4th position. The 29 years old earns a massive salary and winnings of 92 million USD. In addition to this, the Mexican also gets $2 millions as the endorsements.
The Brazilian sensation earns more than 100 million USD in a year. So he sits in the 3rd position with such high earnings. The left-winger moved to French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain for the world record transfer fee. The forward earns $75 million as his club and national team salary. The former Barcelona man also gets 30 million USD as the endorsements.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo:
The most followed athlete in the planet standing at the 2nd position in this list. The Portugal National Football Team skipper left Real Madrid at the end of the 2017-18 season and joined Serie-A club Juventus. The goal machine is also the most expensive transfer above the age of 30 in football history. He earns a massive amount of money each year. 65 million USD comes as his salary meanwhile 44 million more comes as the endorsements. So he earns a total of $109 million to become the 2nd highest earner among the athletes.
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1) Lionel Messi:
Soccer is the most loved as well as the most-watched sports on the planet and who else but a soccer player to top the list of the top 10 highest paid athletes. The 5 times Ballon d’Or winner as well as the Olympic Gold medalist Leo Messi is the highest-earning athlete in the world at this moment. The Argentine magician earns $92 million as the salary and winnings. The forward also gets $32 million more as the endorsements. So the Barcelona superstar topping the list with a massive income of $127 million.