Most of us only really played sports while we were at school but for a few of the fittest men out becoming professional sportsmen can be extremely lucrative.
The team at MoneyMagpie have profiled the top ten richest sportsmen in the world in 2015….
Net worth: $49.5 million
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, since the mid 90’s Bryant has been a dominant force in the NBA, wowing fans and pundits alike with talent that won’t be seen in the NBA again anytime soon.
It is this very talent which has meant that Bryant has earned millions from his basketball career, and been endorsed by some of the biggest brands in the world – from Nike to Lenovo.
Net worth: $50.6 million
Despite the controversies and injuries that have hit Woods in recent years, the golfer is still one of the most recognisible faces in the sport, owing to previous success.
While brands may have unceremoniously discarded him following his aforementioned controversies, Woods is still endorsed by Nike and Rolex, who will be desperately hoping that he can find the same form that saw him win title after title.
Net worth: $50.8 million
Affectionately known as ‘Lefty’, golfer Mickelson has won an enviable 42 events on the PGA tour, bar the elusive US Open, posting runner up finishes a record six times!
This has done little to dampen Mickelson’s earning potential throughout his career, nor has it made him any less attractive to big brands, with Callway Golf, Barclays and KPMG just some of the many brands endorsed by Mickelson.
Net worth: $54.1 million
NBA star Durant is yet another basketball star whose talent has not only seen him become one of the most recognisable NBA stars, but has also allowed for him to endorse a number of brands, such as a mammoth ten year deal with Nike, 2K Sports and Panini.
Durant is one sporting star who is set to feature on this list for years to come.
Net worth: $69.8 million
LeBron ‘King’ James is certainly king of the castle when it comes to basketball at the moment.
While he may have failed to taste success this year, with his team Cleveland Cavaliers narrowly missing out in the NBA playoff finals, at least we got to witness James at the peak of his powers. It is these powers that have enabled James to earn vast sums of money, from his basketball career, alongside endorsement deals with Nike, Samsung and Coca Cola.
Net worth: $69.8 million
The silky Swiss tennis player has wowed fans with his unrelenting dominance of the world of tennis over the years.
While his powers have waned slightly, there are fewer sights better than watching Roger Federer in full flow.
Federer’s continued excellence has ensured that he comes in at a very respectable #5 on this list, with endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse.
Net worth: $73.8 million
A magician with the ball at his feet, Messi’s net worth is nothing short of magical too.
The face of Adidas Football, Messi is also the face of popular console game FIFA and is set to appear on the cover of FIFA 16.
Messi’s continued brilliance will ensure that he will be earning millions for years to come.
Net worth: $79.6 million
One of the finest players in his generation – and arguably of all time, Ronaldo’s years of success with Manchester United and Real Madrid, coupled with huge endorsement deals with the likes of Nike and Herbalife, Ronaldo is raking it in.
That’s not forgetting the fact that Ronaldo has his own shirt and underwear line too!
Net worth: $160 million
While he was unceremoniously defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr in their boxing fight in May, the ‘Pacman’ can still boast a healthy bank balance, owing to his years of success in the boxing ring.
A national hero in his native Phillipines, it won’t be long before Pacquiao is up and running in the ring again – and boosting his riches in the process.
Net worth: $300 million
There is only one way to describe boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr, and that is as a pure money making machine. The unbeaten boxer earned $100million alone after his much awaited fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Don’t let the huge earnings detract from Mayweather’s undoubted talent however. While controversy does remain over his opponents over the years, Mayweather is still yet to taste defeat in the ring.
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