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Forbes named the highest paid athletes of the decade


A legend in world basketball, center. He began to play in the team of the school of San Antonio, where he managed to become the state champion. During his career he played in numerous clubs. In 1996 became the Olympic champion, and in 1994 - the World champion. In 2011, he announced his retirement.

Now Shaquille is successfully doing business, acting in films and on television. All this brings a good profit.

In 2016, O’Neill sold a stake in AB Group, a lump sum payment was considerable.

  • during the active performances of Shaquille O’Neill in the NBA, about 121 million pairs of Shaq sports shoes were sold.

9. Floyd Mayweather (fortune 785 million dollars)

The athlete has an incredible track record in the professional boxing field. They won 49 victories (in 49 battles). The fees that he receives for the battles are fantastic. For winning the fight with Manny Pacquiao, the athlete earned about 210 million dollars.
Good money brings Mayweather advertising contracts. He also earns money through activities in his own company, which organizes boxing fights.

  • an exclusive mouthguard was made for the athlete, which has a diamond coating, at a cost of about 25 thousand dollars.

8. David Beckham (fortune 800 million dollars)

Soccer player, midfielder. In 2004, his official status was the highest paid football player in the world. January 2007 was crucial for the athlete - the signing of a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy club brought him $ 32.5 million.
In 2013, his career in big sports was completed, but David is actively engaged in business: the production of clothes and perfumes under the brand of the same name has been established. Promotions also bring considerable income.

  • played a cameo role in the movie "The Sword of King Arthur."

Beckham is considered one of the richest athletes in the world in history for 2018.

Forbes magazine has published a ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2019.

The rating is published on

The first place on the list was taken by former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who earned $ 915 million over ten years.

The American was ahead of the Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the Argentine striker Lionel Messi.

It is worth noting that when compiling the rating, the salaries, bonuses, prizes and bonuses of athletes, as well as income from the use of image rights during their career, were taken into account.

Top 10 Rankings

1. Floyd Mayweather (USA, boxing) - 915 million dollars

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, football) - 800 million

3. Lionel Messi (Argentina, football) - 750 million

4. LeBron James (USA, basketball) - 680 million

5. Roger Federer (Switzerland, tennis) - 640 million

6. Tiger Woods (USA, golf) - 615 million

7. Phil Mickelson (USA, golf) - 480 million

8. Manny Pacquiao (Philippines, boxing) - 435 million

9. Kevin Durant (USA, basketball) - 425 million

10. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Formula 1) - 400 million

10. Kobe Bryant | Revenue for the year: $ 49.5 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 49.5 million

The attacking midfielder, the legend of the Los Angeles Lakers team, for which Kobe has been playing for 20 years, opens our top richest athletes in 2018-2019. He has five victories in the championship, two Olympic gold medals in the national team, and first place in the American Championship. In addition, a successful basketball player 15 times included in the symbolic NBA team.

9. Tiger Woods | Revenue for the year: $ 50.6 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 50.6 million

The most famous golfer in the world, and once the richest athlete on the planet - Tiger Woods, this time lost ground strongly, which did not prevent him from taking the ninth place in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world 2018-2019. He bears the title of the first athlete - a billionaire, and he received more than 80% of his earnings from sponsors, and not from playing golf.

He is a 14-fold winner of Major tournaments. In all, he won his career in more than 75 different competitions.

8. Phil Mickelson | Revenue for the year: $ 50.8 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 50.8 million

The player included in the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame has long had a reputation as a strong player who has never won a prestigious tournament. But everything changed in 2004, when Mickelson won the Masters - one of the 4 major competitions. After that, he became the first in the tournament of the Professional Golfers Association, and then repeated his success at Masters. He is one of the richest athletes in the world, and the first to earn money among golfers, overtaking his main competitor - Tiger Woods.

7. Kevin Durant | Revenue for the year: $ 54.1 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 54.1 million

The player of the US basketball team and the Oklahoma City team takes 7th place in the list of the richest athletes in the world. He recently renegotiated a contract with his club on more favorable terms and signed an agreement with Nike. Due to this, Kevin climbed in the ranking so high. For four consecutive years, the player was the top scorer of the season. In 2014, he was recognized as the best basketball player of the championship, and in 2016 he became the highest paid basketball player in the world.

6. LeBron James | Revenue for the year: $ 64.8 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 64.8 million

The main NBA star is popular not only among basketball fans, but also sponsors such as Nike, MacDonald’s, Coca - Cola, Samsung. His ad revenue is nearly $ 25 million. And the salary in Miami Heat is $ 40 million. Nike sneakers, which are wildly popular among basketball fans around the world, are named after him. LeBron, who is one of the richest athletes of this year, has been selected the best player of the championship for the fourth time, so he does not get a fabulous salary not for “beautiful eyes”.

5. Roger Federer | Yearly Revenue: $ 67 Million

| Yearly Revenue: $ 67 Million

At the age of 33, Roger Federer continues to be a significant figure in tennis. The multiple winner of a dozen prestigious tournaments remains in demand among well-known sponsors, for whom an impeccable Swiss reputation means a lot. Thanks to his authority, Roger, who occupies the middle of the ranking of the richest athletes in the world, remains an unattainable guide for younger colleagues in the tennis workshop.

4. Lionel Messi | Yearly Revenue: $ 73.8 Million

| Yearly Revenue: $ 73.8 Million

If in terms of football Messi this year surpassed his main competitor - Cristiano Ronaldo, then in the commercial - no. But in 2016, the top scorer of the championship of Spain of all time and the owner of four Golden balls, renegotiated the contract with Barcelona. Now his salary for 2018 is $ 50 million, compared to $ 41 million in 2015. With Messi, who occupies the fourth place in the list of the richest athletes in the world, such giants as Samsung, Adidas and many others actively cooperate.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo | Revenue for the year: $ 79.6 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 79.6 million

The most popular football player in the world receives the bronze rating of the richest athletes on the planet. Ronaldo boasts three Golden balls, numerous rewards from the championships of Portugal, England and Spain and a crazy salary. The Portuguese are paid $ 50 million a year for the fact that their efficiency on the field is almost 100 percent, which makes him the highest paid football player in the world. For several consecutive years, he has scored more than 60 goals for Real Madrid in all tournaments. And Cristiano has no plans to lower the bar yet. His contract with the royal club is valid at least until the end of 2019, and then it will be seen.

2. Manny Pacquiao | Yearly Revenue: $ 160 Million

| Yearly Revenue: $ 160 Million

The 36-year-old Filipino, although close to the end of his career, is still one of the most prominent figures in the boxing world. So much for his income for 2018, Manny owes a fight with Floyd Mayweather. He then lost, but earned $ 125 million in the ring in an hour. Such a large amount was due to the huge excitement, and, as a result, a large audience of viewers, which brought a huge profit.

Pacquiao still has contracts with companies such as Nike, Foot Locker, Butterfinger, the profit of which is a considerable part of the boxer's earnings, which occupies the second line of the rating of the richest athletes in the world.

1. Floyd Mayweather | Revenue for the year: $ 300 million

| Revenue for the year: $ 300 million

Mayweather's huge income broke the previous record set in 2008 by golfer Tiger Woods. The boxer managed to earn such a large amount in a year thanks to the “fight of the century” with Manny Pacquiao. Floyd expectedly won, and he won 48 victories without a single defeat. Television broadcasts of the battle brought the organizers more than $ 70 million. Sponsors paid $ 13 million. And the entire proceeds of the battle amounted to 600 million dollars. And almost a quarter of the amount is in Floyd Mayweather’s wallet. No wonder he took first place in our ranking of the richest athletes in the world.

7. Kobe Bryant (fortune 800 million dollars)

It is considered one of the strongest basketball players in world history. He has the title of two-time Olympic champion, five-time NBA champion. Also, the athlete has a huge number of personal achievements and awards. Bryant is still considered the highest paid athlete in team competitions.
All the 20 years he devoted to sports, Bryant was faithful exclusively to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Interestingly, Kobe is a fan of the Italian football club Milan.

6. Phil Mickelson (fortune 815 million dollars)

Professional golfer. Born in San Diego. Interestingly, he played with his left hand, being a right-hander. His first victory was at the PGA Tour tournament in 1991. Since 1992, the professional career of an athlete began.
Finally, in 2004, Mickelson, who was considered a very strong player who did not win more than one serious victory, won the first time in a major (Championship of the Professional Golfers Association). The next year was a breakthrough for the athlete - he reached the second place in the world ranking of players. In 2012, Mickelson was honored at the World Golf Hall of Fame. According to statistics from Forbes magazine, he is among the richest athletes in the world.

5. Michael Schumacher (fortune 1 billion dollars)

A race car driver from Germany, is a seven-time champion, two-time vice world champion. Three times won the bronze. Interesting facts from the biography:
in 2006, Schumacher received an island from Sheikh as a gift, which cost $ 7 million,
The year 2008 was marked for Schumacher by the appointment of the Swiss Ambassador to the European Football Championship,
the athlete played a cameo role in the comedy Asterix and Obelix at the Olympics.
Schumacher won 91 races, he set an absolute record.
In 2010, Michael was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor of France. In the same year, he was declared the athlete of the year by GQ magazine (Germany).
Advertising revenue was added to the huge salary; he was a good businessman.
Despite the serious injury that he received several years ago, he remains one of the richest athletes in the world.

2. Tiger Woods (fortune 1.7 billion dollars)

The famous golfer from California (USA) won 14 times in Major tournaments. Only Nick Nicklaus, who won 18 times, was ahead of him. Athlete of the Year Laureus Sports Awards 2000 and 2001.
There are 79 PGA Tours in his career that he won. Tiger Woods has won 40 times in European tournaments.
He is considered the first billionaire athlete, but most were earned from promotions.
In 2009, he made an attempt to leave the sport; in 2010, Woods returned to big golf.
He founded the eponymous charitable foundation, which gives the opportunity to play golf for children from low-income families of African Americans.
Tiger Woods actively collaborated in promotions with companies Buick, Nike, Gillette.

Of his main achievements:

  • was the youngest Grand Slam holder
  • considered the first club of the planet for 623 weeks (record).

1. Michael Jordan (fortune 1.85 million dollars)

One of the most famous basketball players and the richest athlete. Career began with playing on the university team of North Carolina. He played in the NBA. He left big sport in 2003. Jordan earns on advertising contracts, collaborates with his old partners, such as: Hanes, Upper, Deck, Gatorade Hanes. Michael Jordan became a billionaire thanks to his investment in basketball. 2010 was marked for him by the purchase of a stake in the Charlotte Bobcats club (now the Hornets). The acquisition was valued at $ 175 million. In 2013, its stake rose to 90 percent. At the moment, the cost of the team is 780 million dollars.

1. Michael Jordan.

Total revenue of 1.7 billion dollars. 93 million - this is the part of the huge amount that Jordan, an American basketball player, received as a salary in NBA clubs, having worked for 15 years in the best league in the world. Today, the player’s account receives money, about 100 million for Nike’s advertising. The advertising company of Air Jordan footwear itself brought the company revenue, according to the results of the past year, in the amount of $ 2.8 billion.

2. Tiger Woods.

An American golfer, recently returned to the sport, after 15 months, which he spent on treating back injuries and surgery. Sponsors pay him half what Tiger received in his best years. Despite this, the eminent golfer has earned approximately $ 45 million over the past year. The total amount in dollars is 1.65 billion.

3. Arnold Palmer.

The famous American golfer, whose career lasted more than half a century (1954-2006), passed away last year, reaching the age of 87 years. Cash inflows from sponsors and brand sportswear ads reached $ 40 million annually. Total revenue 1.35 billion.

Top 10 richest athletes in the world

No athlete in the world, according to Forbes, has earned more in the last couple of years than American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Its amount in 10 years reaches 915 million dollars, which is 115 million dollars more than its follower on the list.

It should be noted that the main income of the invincible boxer is based on his fights in 2015 and 2017, when he opposed Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor, which brought him more than $ 500 million. Despite his 50 wins in the professional ring, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said on Instagram that he plans to continue his boxing career.

The second best athlete in recent years has become Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star of Juventus won $ 800 million, and a total of $ 750 million was received in Lionel Messi's bank accounts, making him the third in the list.

It is noteworthy that Messi took first place in the ranking of the best athletes of 2019 with $ 127 million earned for the year, of which he received $ 92 million thanks to the game in Barcelona. The main reason Ronaldo was able to get ahead of Messi in the Top 10 in 10 years is his 10-year contract with Nike.

The top 10 athletes with the best performance in the world over the past decade have earned revenue of $ 6.1 billion in total. Serena Williams is the only woman in the Forbes top 40 with $ 215 million in revenue.

Rating of the richest athletes in the world for 10 years

10. Lewis Hamilton: $ 400 million

The driver managed to win 6 Formula 1 titles in a decade.

9. Kevin Durant: 425 million dollars

The basketball player’s annual salary and advertising revenue has increased by 400% over the past 10 years.

8. Manny Pacquiao: 435 million dollars

The 25 fights of the Philippine boxer over the past decade have been watched by 20 million people who paid a total of $ 1.3 billion.

7. Phil Mickelson: $ 480 million

In 2018, a golfer was able to win a demo match against Tiger Woods, which earned him a check for $ 9 million

6.Tiger Woods: $ 615 Million

The golfer boasts the highest advertising revenue among all athletes.

5. Roger Federer: 640 million dollars

The 38-year-old tennis player will soon complete his professional career. However, his income will remain quite high in the coming years, as in 2018 he signed a 10-year $ 300 million contract with Uniqlo.

4. LeBron James: 680 million dollars

A basketball player earned almost 2 times more on advertising contracts than playing in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles Lakers.

3. Lionel Messi: $ 750 million

The salary of a football player from Barcelona in 2019 is higher than that of any other athlete.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo: $ 800 million

Most of Ronaldo’s income comes from his social networks, the footballer boasts more followers on Instagram and Facebook than anyone else on the planet.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: $ 915 million

Boxer earned $ 500 million in just two bouts with Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.

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8. Roger Federer

Net worth: $ 450 million

A professional Swiss tennis player currently ranks third in the world among men in tennis. However, he previously held first place for 6 consecutive years. In addition, he won 19 grand prix in his career, which is now nearing its end.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net worth: $ 450 million

A professional footballer is perhaps known even to those who are not interested in football, but in our modest list takes only 9th place. Currently, the Portuguese athlete plays for Real Madrid and the national team of his home country.

Ronaldo is considered the best football player in the world and is constantly fighting with Messi for this title. In fact, over the past few years, these two players are the only ones to receive the Player of the Year Award.

By the way, the state of Messi is estimated a little less. It is 400 million dollars.

10. LeBron James

Net worth: $ 400 million

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player in the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his monetary condition definitely reflects this statement.

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