A sportsperson, also known as sportsman or sportswoman, is a person who is involved in sports. It may mean someone who is known for the promotion of sport or athletic activities.
A sportsperson can be a man or a woman who is person trained to compete or interested in a sport involving physical strength, speed or endurance. A sportsman is a player in a sport; but the term also means someone who plays sport in a way that shows respect and fairness towards the opposing player or team. There is another side or life of a sportsperson that is life with full of money. Every sportsperson who make a great reputation in his particular sports have great bucks in his pockets. Here we going to talk about some players who are at the top 5 in terms of income.
5. Roger Federer
Total Earnings – $67 million; Sport: Tennis
Roger Federer has achieved every possible miracle, whether on court or off court. On court, he stands aloof at the pinnacle of the Sport with 19 Grand Slam titles. Off court, he is a role model for a lot of other tennis players.
His longevity in the sport, his Swiss roots, his aura that transcends boundaries and his impeccable demeanor have boosted his moneymaking potential year after year. His long term deals with blue chip companies like Nike, Credit Suisse, Rolex, Mercedez Benz and Sunrise fetch him a sum of $40 million annually.
4. Lionel Messi
Total Earnings – $73.8 million; Sport: Football
He is one of the most gifted players in football and a darling of the media. Lionel Messi, at the age of 27, is a humble antidote to Christiano Ronaldo’s in-your-face bravado.
The Argentine, by virtue of his superhuman talent, holds various records. He has the most number of goals in La Liga competitions, most number of goals for Barcelona, most goals scored in a calendar year and most hat-tricks scored. Deals with Gillette, We Chat, Ooredoo and Samsung have ensured his place among the most marketable athletes. Owing to his talent, his sponsor Samsung cast him as Iron Man in their ad to promote the Avengers film.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Total Earnings – $79.6 million; Sport: Football
Social media goes crazy about this man, and he is possibly the world’s most popular athlete. With 102 million Facebook fans and 35 million Twitter followers, Christiano Ronaldo ranks #3 among the richest athletes in 2015.
His goal scoring prowess on the field has earned him the FIFA best player award three times. He is the reigning FIFA best player of the year too, and he has scored 60 or more goals in each of the last four years.
To add to this amazing streak, he nearly scores a goal every game for his club Real Madrid. Till 2018 his salary, along with his bonuses, per year is more than $50 million. Considered the most marketable athlete in the world, Ronaldo has cashed in on his looks and fame by bagging mega sponsorship’s with Nike. He also has his own underwear and shirt line CR 7.
2. Manny Pacquiao
Total Earnings – $160 million; Sport: Boxing
$125 million! That’s how much Manny Pacquiao earned for his bout against Floyd May weather.
One of the most anticipated bouts of all time, Pacquiao earned four times his previous high earnings for his bout against Chris Algieri. Endorsement deals with Nike, Footlocker, Nestle’s Butter finger, Wonderful Pistachios and a host of other deals in the Philippines have boosted his income.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Total Earnings – $300 million; Sport: Boxing
Floyd Mayweather has held on to his numero uno position from last year among the World’s richest athletes. His bout on May 2nd against Pacquiao was the fifth bout in the 30 month, 6 fight deal Mayweather signed with Showtime in 2013. This fight is estimated to gross more than $600 million.
Riding on a 48-0 winning streak, Floyd May weather plans to retire after his sixth and final fight in September.