List of World’s Highest Paid Athletes
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer, Portugal) $93 million
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveir, born on 5th February 1985 is a Portuguese professional footballer player, who plays for the Portugal national team and Spanish club Real Madrid as a forward.
He was named as Ronaldo in honor his father’s favorite actor Ronald Reagan. He is often considered as one of the top football players in the world. In his career Cristiano Ronaldo has won 25 trophies that included five league titles, one UEFA European Championship and four UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes.
He currently holds more than 600 goals for his country and also club. . He is all-time top goalscorer in his Portugal national team. with over 140 caps he is Portugal’s most capped player of all time. , he was ranked as most famous athlete by ESPN in 2016 and 2017 and world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.
2. LeBron James (Basketball, U.S) $86.2 million
LeBron Raymone James was born on 30 December, 1984 is an American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has won many awards including two Olympic gold medals, , two Olympic gold medals, three NBA championships,three NBA Finals MVP Awards and also NBA Rookie of the Year Award. LeBron Raymone James was used as a shooting guard, small forward and point guard, because of his versatility he was praised universally.
In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak. James and returned to the Cavaliers. From 2015- 2017, James led the Cavaliers to three consecutive Finals, winning his 3rd championship award in 2016.presently he is world’s 2nd highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2017.
3. Lionel Messi (Soccer, Argentina) $80 million
Lionel Andrés“Leo” Messi Cuccittini was born on June 24, 1987 is an Argentine professional soccer player who always plays for the Argentina national team as a forward and for for Spanish club Barcelona.He is considered as one of the greatest of all time and regarded as the best player in the world.He has won total 29 trophies including five Copas del Rey, eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles. he was ranked for most official goals scored in La Liga which is aaround 364.
Messi is all time leading goal scorer for his country. In 2005 he finished the FIFA World Youth Championship tournament with both the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball. In 2008 Summer Olympics he has also won gold medal. As a Captain he led the Argentina to three consecutive finals for which he won Golden ball.
4. Roger Federer,(Tennis, Switzerland) $64 million
Roger Federer was on born August 8, 1981 is a Swiss tennis player and is currently holding world No. 2 rank in men’s singles by the ATP.He has won total 19 Grand Slam which created history for a male tennis player and has held the world No.1 for a total of 302 weeks in the ATP rankings.
In his careers he has won many titles which includes Australian Open titles, eight Wimbledon titles, one French Open title and a a record five consecutive US Open titles. He is considered as one of the greatest tennis player of all the time. at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games he has won gold medal in doubles and won silver medal at 2012 Olympic Games.
He is also considered as the ATP player of the year for five times. He has considered fourth in its most famous athletes list by the ESPN in 2017.
5. Kevin Durant (Basketball, U.S.) $60.6 million
Kevin Wayne Durant was born on 29 September, 1988) is an American basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of NBA.He has won many awards that includes NBA All Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, NBA championship, and two Olympic gold medals, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
He is presently holding endorsement deals with Nike and Foot Locker. He is considered as the highest paid basket ball player in the world.
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