Top 20 Highest Paid Athletes In The World 2016

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With Floyd Mayweather tentatively out of the way following his alleged retirement, there is a new king of the sports world in terms of earnings and it’s none other than the world’s most popular athlete Cristiano Ronaldo, who snaps the spot for the very first time. According to Forbes who calculated the world’s athletes earnings from figures gotten between June 1 2015 and June 1 2016, this is the first time in a decade and half that a different person other than the aforementioned boxer and golfer Tiger Woods is topping the highest-earners list. CR7’s top spot comes as no surprise as his Spanish club side once again leads the pack of the world’s most valuable sport teams 2016. Justrichest reviews the Top 20 Highest Paid Athletes in the World out of the 100 provided by the original Forbes list.

20. Philip Rivers

Salary/Winnings: $37.5 million

Endorsement: $450,000

Total Earnings: $38 million

Rivers in August 2015 inked a 4-year contract extension with the Chargers. The contract with a $83.3 million value includes a $22.5 M signing bonus and a $15 M 2015 salary. Well deserved for the man who topped in passes completed in 2015. Chargers fans who’ve had Rivers grace their team since 2004 would be seeing more of the quarterback as the contract includes a no-trade clause.

19. Sebastian Vettel

Salary/Bonuses: $40 million

Endorsement: $1 million

Total Earnings: $41 million

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel parted ways with Red Bull with which he won his 4 championships in 2014 and inked a 4-year pact with Ferrari in the fall of the same year. The deal which is among the richest in F1 will see him bank not less than $40 million annually and additional pay for impressive performances. The German driver is one of the ONLY four drivers who have won not less than four driver titles. The 4th all time race winner has 42 career wins under his helmet.


18. Russell Wilson

Prize Money/Winnings: $31.8 million

Endorsement: $10 million

Total Earnings: $41.8 million

Russell Wilson

Wilson’s pro debut with the Seattle Seahawks was remarkable enough to earn him the 2012 Rookie of the Year award. The quarterback proved his award by leading the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl victory in 2013, and led them to the finals the following year, 2014. The team rewarded their franchise player who was earning $2 M with a 4-year, $87.6 M contract extension including a $31 M signing bonus. His amazing performance has earned him numerous endorsement deals with top brands like Nike, Microsoft, Luvo, United Way, Alaska airlines and more. Wilson who is currently engaged to singer Ciara owns Nordstrom clothing line.

17. Rory McIlroy

Prize Money: $7.6 million

Endorsement: $35 million

Total Earnings: $42.6 million

Rory McIlroy

With 11 PGA Tour wins, McIlory is one of the only three golfers to accomplish the feat before the age of 25, the others being Woods and Nicklaus. His 2015/2016 $7.6 million prize money is a far cry from the $16.3 million he earned for the 2014/2015 season, plus but that hasn’t taken away his marketing prowess. Rory counts Nike, EA, Upper Deck, Omega and Bose among his endorsements with the giant of them all being Nike’s $20 million yearly pay.


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