Top 10 Richest Athletes in 2014

Athletes are well-paid individuals. They are a source of inspiration for some since they are able to enjoy the game they love and getting paid for doing it. Forbes said the top 100 highest-paid athletes earned an aggregate of $2.75 billion in 2013. Most of the fees paid to athletes came from TV rights and endorsement deals. If you’re interested to know who the top 10 are; here’s the list.

10. Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt signed a whopping $103.75 contract in 2012 and he never looked back. He laughed his way to the bank with a cool $42 million from his salary with the Atlanta Falcons. He is getting well-compensated for being sacked behind the line of scrimmage.

09. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

This Spaniard eked a living with his endorsement deals earning him a cool $30 million from his tie-ups with a leading sports apparel brand. Nadal has been a monster on the tennis court thus gaining him a huge $14 million in prize money during the 2013 tennis season.

08. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Like Tiger, Phil’s money came from his endorsements. He earned $48 million according to Forbes after he partnered with a golf equipment maker, an oil company, a luxury watch maker, a drug company and a bank to name a few. He remains to be in the top 10 in PGA victories. He is also the second-richest professional golfer in terms of prize money of all-time.

07. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

The Swiss sensation earned a cool $52 million from his blue-chip sponsors that include a high-end watch maker, a sports apparel company and a bank. He only earned $4.2 million in prizes. What a way to earn money while getting some serious exercise!

06. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger is still playing golf and earning tons of money from it. His earnings in 2013 is a far cry from his previous earnings reaching a cool $100 million. Still, he earned about $61.2 million in 2013 where the majority came from his endorsements deals amounting to $55 million.

05. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

More than half of the $61.5 million that Kobe earned in 2013 came from his salary with the Lakers. Kobe remains the heart and Soul of the franchise and he has been proving to all and sundry that he is the cornerstone of a fabled Lakers team.

04. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Depending on whom you ask, Lionel Messi is the best footballer of all time. Lionel seems to be born to break records. He may not be the richest footballer around, but he is still paid by his club FC Barcelona a cool $41.7 million. He earned a total of $64.7 million in 2013.

03. LeBron James

LeBron James

This two-time NBA champion earned a total of $72.3 million in 2013, making him the richest basketball player on earth. He moved from Miami to his native Cleveland after a three-year stay in South Beach in summer of 2014. About $53 million of his total earnings came from endorsements.

02. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano is the current world footballer of the year. His national side, Portugal, got booted early in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, he remains one of the best footballers playing for the iconic football side Real Madrid CF. Forbes reported that he earned about $80 million in 2013 about $28 million came from his endorsements. He endorses an anti-dandruff shampoo and even a silly contraption from Japan.

01. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is known by his nickname “Money” and he has plenty of it. In a recent Instagram post, Floyd flaunted his vast luxury car collection and his private jet. He saw it fit to show the world how rich he has become. In 2013, Money earned a total of $105 million from his earnings in boxing match purse and also from his cut from the pay-per-view sales. He had no endorsement revenues making his earnings a bit amazing. Still, the biggest prize is yet to be won—a fight against Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao. A group of investors dangled $120 million to Mayweather late in 2014 to fight Pacquiao.