Are you a parent of a promising up-and-coming athlete who is able to hang with his peers in multiple sports? Tell that youngster to keep his head out of the books and instead hit up the weight room and the practice fields seven days a week. Professional sports are, until further notice, about far more than just teamwork and attempting to win championships that will forever have athletes mentioned with all-time greats that came before them. Billionaire owners of clubs and of franchises who are desperate to win titles pay literally millions upon millions of dollars to athletes every year.
Those player salaries alone allow athletes to live beyond comfortable existences long after they have called time on their careers. That amount of wealth does not even include the numerous endorsement deals that are awarded to athletes who excel at sports and also happen to be good looking and well-spoken in front of microphones and cameras. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are international superstars because of advertising campaigns that have featured those men along with those individuals being four of the best athletes to ever play in their sports.
A wide variety of sports are represented in the top-20 of the highest-paid athletes of 2015 as released by Forbes in June of this year. That includes some of the biggest single names of the National Basketball Association, National Football League players who have managed to cash-in on massive contracts, and also world football stars who would fetch over $100 million dollars on the transfer market were they to be sold this coming summer. Last but certainly not least is a pair of boxers who laughed all the way to the bank after disappointing fans with one of the more boring main event fights you will ever behold.
20 Derrick Rose: $33.9 million total earnings
19 Jon Lester: $34.1 million
18 Gareth Bale: $35 million
17 Fernando Alonso: $35.5 million
16 Ndamukong Suh: $38.6 million
15 Lewis Hamilton: $39 million
14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: $39.1 million
13 Novak Djokovic: $48.2 million
12 Rory McIlroy: $48.3 million
11 Ben Roethlisberger: $48.9 million
10 Kobe Bryant: $49.5 million
9 Tiger Woods: $50.6 million
8 Phil Mickelson: $50.8 million
7 Kevin Durant: $54.1 million
6 LeBron James: $64.8 million
5 Roger Federer: $67 million
4 Lionel Messi: $73.8 million
3 Cristiano Ronaldo: $79.6 million
2 Manny Pacquiao: $160 million
1 Floyd Mayweather: $300 million
He is not known as “Money Mayweather” just because it is his gimmick. Mayweather has made a living off of marketing and competing in pay-per-view events, and that was the case earlier in 2015 when he participated in a fight that left the majority of fans feeling cheated out of their cash. The truth of the matter is that nobody can realistically blame Mayweather for what occurred on that fateful night. Mayweather is a defensive fighter more interested in winning than in entertaining audiences, and thus everybody should have known what they were going to get when the head of the “Money Team” faced Manny Pacquiao.
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