The sports industry is one of the largest and richest industries in the world. A lot of people among the richest people in the world are sportsmen and women. Every region in the world has its own favorite sports. Naturally, any sports whether it’s indoor or outdoor attracts a lot of people with their glitz and glamour. Which earns the sportspersons a huge amount of money. They also earn big bucks from brand endorsement and prize money from different leagues. While all of us know how much sports is good for our physical and mental health, it can also cause small to severe injuries, especially for professional players. And sometimes the amount of risk also contributes to the player’s paycheck. So here’s the list of top ten sports that pay the most to their participants.
Basketball is one of the most famous and loved sports in the world. It is also the highest paying sports in the world. The major leagues like the NBA are known for being one of the highest paying sports league. The participants get a handsome amount of money for their contribution from the teams they are representing. They also earn more than a few million from their brand endorsements and signature merchandise. Michael Jordan is one of the most well-known former basketball players and he often tops the list as the richest sportsperson in the world. Currently, in the NBA league, Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors is the highest paid basketball player with a salary of $37,457,154. While Russell Westbrook from Oklahoma City Thunder is the second highest paid player in this field of sports with a salary of $35,654,150.
Boxing is one of the most dangerous games in the world. It is also among the highest paying sports in the world if only you can make it into the limelight of the biggest boxing events. The famous boxers earn millions from a single event. They also earn huge amount of money from the profits from Pay-Per-View commissions and betting and endorsements. Many boxers often feature in the list of richest sportspersons in the world. The former boxing champion and one of the most well-known athlete Floyd Mayweather Jr. who’s current net worth is around $400 million, used to earn about $105 million from a single fight. Currently, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is considered as the highest paid boxer as he bagged $50 million from his fight with Gennady Golovkin on September 15, 2018.
3. AUTO RACING
Auto Racing is one of the most thrilling games out there. The sport also involves a huge amount of risk. The game is loved by many people especially car lovers. Tournaments like Grand Prix of Formula1 and NASCAR attracts huge audiences and high paying sponsors. These are considered as one of the highest paying sports events in the world. The racers also geta several brand endorsements from famous brands with a great winning amount. One of the most well-known racers is the F1 legend, Michael Schumacher, who is one of the richest sportsmen in the world with a net worth of $800 million. For now, Lewis Hamilton is the highest paid car racer. The F1 driver is paid a handsome amount of $36 million. He also earns millions from brand endorsements.
Golf is known as the sport of rich people. Golf is not only one of the most classy sports it’s also one of the highest paying sports out there. The legendary Tiger Woods is one of the richest sportsmen in the world. The highest paid golfer, Woods has appeared in Forbe’s list of richest sportsmen a record 11 times. His highest earning is $115 million and his current net worth is $760 million. Famous golfers also earn millions from brand endorsement. While Woods remains the highest paid golfer with a paycheck of $43.3 million, the second highest golfer is Phil Mickelson with a paycheck of $41.3 million.
5. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
The National Football League of America is among the richest sports league in the world. It is among the most celebrated league, especially in America. The sports event attracts lots of glitz and glamour. Which make the huge brands compete with each other for an opportunity to form a partnership with the best and fan favorite players and teams. It is also home to one of the highest management jobs. Famous players like Aaron Rodgers earns an average annual salary of $33.5 million. And one of the most renowned players Peyton Manning career earnings sums up to be around $248 million. NFL players also often appear in Forbe’s annual list of richest players in the world.
Soccer is one of the most loved and celebrated sports across the world. Soccer has one of the largest audience in the world. It also produces many players among the richest sportsmen in the world. With huge brands sponsoring events like the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League and partnering with the teams and the A-listed players, Soccer is one of the richest games in the world. Legends like David Beckham has been in the list of richest players many times. Beckham has a net worth of $450 million. In 2018 Forbes ranked Lionel Messi as the highest earning soccer player with an earning of $111 million. Christiano Ronaldo is another great soccer player who has been ranked as the richest player previously. In 2018, he was ranked as the 2nd highest paid soccer player with an earning of $108 million.
Tennis is played by many people worldwide. It is one of the most famous and loved recreational sports. All the grand slam events such as the U.S. Open, the Wimbledon and the Australian Open are among the richest sports events in the world. Tennis players also frequently appear on the lists of richest sports personals. Legendary players like Andre Agassi has appeared on the list many times. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are other great tennis players that are considered as one of the richest sports personas in the world. One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer frequently features in the list of the richest players in the world. In 2018, Forbes ranked Federer as the highest paid tennis player with a total earning of $77.2 million.
8. . ICE-HOCKEY
Ice-Hockey is known as the fastest sport in the world. It is also one of the richest sports in the world. Legendary hockey players like Wayne Gretzky and Joe Sakic who played in the nineties and not only managed to earn more than $10 million but also featured on the list of richest sportsmen. According to Forbes, Connor McDavid was the highest paid NHL player of 2018-19, with a total earning of $19 million and a salary of $15 million. One of the most well-known hockey players, Sergei Fedorov once achieved the 3rd place in the list with $29 million total income in the year of 1998.
Known as the American Paragon, Baseball is one of the most renowned games of America. Every year with a great viewership of MLB more than 2.1 million participate in this game in the United States. The basketball players are among the highest paid athletes in the world. Famous players like Alex Rodriguez are among the highest paid baseball players of all time with a net worth of $300 million dollars. Currently, Stephen Strasburg is considered to be the highest paid baseball player with a salary of $35,000,000.
Cycling is another game among the highest paying games in the world. There are many cycling tournaments that happen around the world. While the tournaments pay a handsome amount of money as the prize money to the winners, the cyclist also gets a lot of endorsements from reputed brands. One of the cyclist legends Lance Armstrong is among the highest paying sports players 2019. In 2010, Armstrong held the 9th rank in Forbes list of Richest Players, with an earning of $28 million. One of the most popular cyclists, Peter Sagan is also among the highest paid cyclist with an earning of 6 million euros.