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10 Most Highest Paid Athletes In The World As Per Forbes

Being an athlete is not a matter of joke as they become the source of inspiration for generations. An athlete gives his/her everything to reach the level of excellence which makes him/her what he/she is today. Their efforts pay off on the pitch and obviously off it as well when they are able to sign the huge endorsements and contracts that make them earn the huge sum of money and one would reckon that they deserve it completely. In the following lines, we will have a look at the highest-paid athletes in the world in the current scenario as per Forbes.

1.Lionel Messi

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According to Forbes, at number one is the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, who has been one of the greatest players ever to grace the game. The 33-year-old has been one of the biggest icons in the arena of sports and has inspired a number of people to take up the beautiful game as their career. It goes without saying that this FC Barcelona player earns an exorbitant amount of money, with his total wealth amounting to $127million. Out of this, his total salary/winnings amount to $92 million while endorsements amount to a total of $35 million, taking him past his arch-rival in the same game, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on the second position.

2.Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Portuguese football star is on the second number of the richest athletes. The 34-year-old player has been going from strength to strength even after losing out on winning the Balon d’Or to his closest rival Lionel Messi in the last year. The former Real Madrid and current Juventus player has been another great ambassador for the game of football and is earning some significant amount of money. Ronaldo earns $65 million from his salary/winnings while his total endorsements amount to $44 million, which makes his total earnings go as high as $109 million in total, making him the second-highest-paid athlete in the world.

3.Neymar Jr

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On number three is another, yes you guessed it right, footballer, and this time it is the enigmatic Brazilian Neymar Jr. The former Barcelona player made his way out of the Catalan club in the summer of 2017 to move to Paris Saint Germain and has been one of the best players in Europe with skills that can mesmerize any defence. Though he has been troubled with a number of injuries in the last few months, the Brazilian is still one of the icons of modern-day football and earns a fortune, to say the least. His total earnings amount to $105 million, out of which salary/winnings amount to $75 million while endorsements gross to $30 million in total.

4.Canelo Alvarez

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The boxer is on number four of the list of the wealthiest athletes, with a total earning of $94 million. Out of this, his total endorsements amount to $2 million while salaries and winnings give him a gross earning of $92 million.

5.Roger Federer

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The legendary tennis player has been one of the most humble players on this list and is currently on the 5th spot. His total earnings amount to $93.4 million, out of which $7.4 million is estimated as salary/winnings while endorsements amount to a whopping $86 million.

6.Russell Wilson

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The American athlete is the first NFL player to be on this list, with his total earnings amounting to $89.5 million. While his salary/winnings give him a gross total of $80.5 million while endorsements build up to $9 million in total.

7.Aaron Rodgers

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The next player on this list is another NFL athlete, Aaron Rodgers. He is one of the most popular quarterbacks in the NFL and earns $89.3 million in total, out of which his salary/earnings grosses to $80.3 million while his endorsements provide him with a handsome amount of $9 million.

8.LeBron James

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He is one of the legendary NBA players of his generation for sure and his earnings concur with this fact as well. James earns a total of $89 million and his salary/winnings amount to $36 million while endorsements gross to $53 million in total.

9.Stephen Curry

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Our second NBA player on this list is Stephen Curry, who is another brilliant and most amazing players in the current scenario. This athlete is one of the biggest earners in the world of sports, with a total of $79.8 million in overall revenues. Out of this, his salary/winnings amount to $37.8 million while his endorsements gross up to $42 million in total.

10.Kevin Durrant

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The last but not least, Kevin Durrant, who is a former teammate of Stephen Curry, earns a total of $65.4 million in total, out of which his salary/winnings amount to $30.4 million while endorsements amount to $35 million.

Written by Swati Suvra

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