Have you ever wondered how much your favorite athlete earns? Sure we can probably guess it’s a considerable amount more than us normal folk, but how much more is the real question. Well today we set out to find out and the results are…surprising. But before we present you with our findings a disclaimer: Keep in mind that this list doesn’t count total wealth. Tiger Woods is arguably one of the richest athletes on Earth but his annually earnings (as of 2015) are not that high. Secondly, this list is based on Forbes’s rankings of highest paid athletes. One thing you’ll notice is that at several points the level of earnings jumps by nearly $10 million and then right at the end it really skyrockets. Other than that, the earnings increase fairly steadily from athlete to athlete. So, get your cleats ready because these are the 25 Highest Paid Athletes In The World Who Can Afford Pretty Much Anything They Want!
The American NBA player will earn just over $30 million in 2015
As captain of the Brazilian football (soccer) team, Neymar will earn a bit more than Carmelo at $31 million.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The captain of the Indian cricket team also makes $31 million.
The Spanish tennis player is widely regarded as the greatest clay court player in history. His nickname is even the “King of Clay”. In 2015 his earning are estimated to be $32.5 million.
Sebastian is a German Formula One driver who holds a number of “youngest” records. His earnings are $33 million.
The youngest player to ever win the NBA most valuable player award, Derrick Rose will make $33.9 million in 2015.
As is usually the case with baseball, Jon’s salary is actually higher than many other athletes on this list at $33.7 million. His endorsements, however, only totaled $0.4 million putting him at 19th place.
The Welsh footballer (soccer player) earns roughly $35 million per year.
A Spanish Formula One driver, El Nano (his nickname) makes about $35.5 million annually.
Although he is often criticized for his aggressive style of play, and he has been named the least-liked player in the NFL, Suh probably doesn’t care very much as he collects his $38.6 million.
A British Formula One racer, Lewis has been labeled the “first black driver in Formula One”. His earnings amount to $39 million.
The Swedish footballer has been called one of Sweden’s greatest athletes ever. He will make $39.1 million in 2015.
A Serbian tennis player, Novak is known as one of the greatest tennis players ever. This is also the first big earnings jump on our list with Novak making nearly $10 million more than our last athlete, Zlatan Ibrahimović. In 2015 he is expected to make $48.2 million.
This Northern Irish golfer is the first European to win three different majors. His earnings total to $48.3 million.
An NFL quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben is the highest paid American Football player on our list. He makes $48.9 million per year.
The youngest NBA player ever to reach 30,000 career points, Kobe makes nearly $50 million every year.
Although Tiger is the first athlete to be worth more than $1 billion, this year he will only make $50.6 million, which means he is no longer the highest paid golfer on our list. That award now goes to…
At $50.8 million Phil is now the highest paid golfer in the world.
Although Kevin makes $54.1 million he is only the second highest paid NBA player.
At $64.8 million Lebron is the highest paid basketball player in the world. This is also the 2nd big salary jump on our list. Lebron earns roughly $10 million more than Kevin Durant.
The Swiss tennis player is the highest paid tennis player on Earth at $67 million.
The captain of the Argentinian football team earns $73.8 million.
The Portuguese football captain is the highest paid footballer in the world at $79.6 million.
The last two are different in several ways. First of all, they are both boxers. Second of all, they earn significantly more than anybody else on this list. Manny, from the Philippines, is at second place with $160 million.
Far and away the highest paid athlete in the world, American boxer Floyd Mayweather will earn $300 million in 2015. That’s nearly twice as much as Manny, the second highest paid athlete on our list.