The Top 20 Highest Paid Athletes In The World

Well, it’s not like they’re in the Olympics though, but it is interesting to see the top earners.

The wages of the top athletes in the world vary widely. We’re not just talking about money. There’s a big difference in the money some players make, the perks they get, the people they socialise with, and the status they have amongst their peers.

It lists the salaries for all the major sports, and makes it easy to see who is making the most and who is making the least.

This is the highest paid athletes of the past year.

Top 20 Highest Paid Athletes in the World

Forbes has taken the numbers and put together a detailed article on the top 5 wealthiest sports figures. The article includes figures such as the estimated wealth of the sportsperson, their earnings from their profession, other sources of income and the most recent figures for their wealth.

So many of these athletes make more money than any other human in the world.

20. James Harden

Earnings: $47.7 Million

James Harden is a professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He earns a total of $47.7 million in salary, making him the 20th most paid athlete in the US.

To the people that are questioning his toughness: Harden is going to try his best and play hard, but some people just don’t like winners. Maybe they don’t know Harden has been the MVP of the league the past two seasons, maybe they don’t know about his big shot and big assist averages this season, or maybe they just think he’s a punk for having the desire to win. Either way, Harden is gonna show them what he can do.

19. Phil Mickelson

Earnings: $48.4 Million

Mickelson is considered to be one of the greatest American sports athletes of all time. He is also considered to be the best golfer, he’s won the most events, is a multiple major winner, has the most wins on the PGA tour, and has the longest career, with a total of 20 years of PGA tour wins. In total, he has won 9 major titles. He has also won the PGA championship twice, which is the most of any athlete in the professional sport.

I’ve been playing golf with my family on the weekend afternoons and every time someone comes over the door I feel like I have to prove myself. I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it. There is a big difference between the weekend and the weekdays. I love the weekends and I want to play well in front of my family.

18. Mike Trout

Earnings: $50.6 Million

Michael Trout is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels in the MLB. He is in his first year in the major leagues and is considered the top prospect in the game. He earned a total of $50.6 million in 2017 from his salary and sponsorships.

17. Novak Djokovic

Earnings: $50.6 Million

Since he was a child, Novak Djokovic has been playing tennis. He became the champion of Serbia, and later on he has won lots of grand slams, which are the hardest ones to win.

Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players we have seen, and also is arguably one of the greatest figures in his country’s history. It’s safe to say that the last thing people expected from him was a public acknowledgement of his mother, although we’d have been more than happy to be wrong.

16. Russell Westbrook

Earnings: $53.7 Million

Russell Westbook III is a American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. Last year he earned a total of $53.7 million. That makes him the 16th highest-paid athlete.

Russell Westbrook was born on the 11th of July, 1992 in Fort Worth, Texas to parents Russell Westbrook Sr. and Tina Westbrook. Russell’s father is a former basketball player who played on the college and professional level.

15. Khalil Mack

Earnings: $55 Million

Mack is the richest rookie of all-time. He got a $105 million contract from the Bears, which makes him the highest paid player of all-time.

At the moment we’re only playing for the NFC. So right now it’s still the same. It’s just one game at a time and we’ll see what happens. I can’t control anything. It can happen.

14. Anthony Joshua

Earnings: $55 Million

OBE, Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer with a record of 22 wins and 19 by knockout. He won his first world title at the age of 20 in May 2015 with a victory over Dusko Sikavica in England. He is also British, having won the British Amateur Boxing title.

This is an inspirational quote for me. It is to set goals and to try your best at achieving them.

13. Lewis Hamilton

Earnings: $55 Million

Lewis Hamilton is an English race car driver. He has won the Drivers Championship five times in his career. He is also a four-time, two-time, and a one-time runner-up. He is a five-time and a six-time winner of the Driver’s Championship.

Lewis Hamilton wants the world to accept him for who he is and he wants us to accept him.

12. Ben Roethlisberger

Earnings: $55.5 Million

Ben, as he is widely known in his home country, is a three-time Super Bowl champion, two-time MVP and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

I remember every single time my dad would give me a hug after a game or after I threw an interception or whenever I had big play, he was an absolute gentlemen who was proud of me, but most of all he loved me. And he still does to this day. He’ll give me a hug and he’ll smile – you know, the way dad’s smiling. That’s kind of special.

11. Tiger Woods

Earnings: $63.9 Million

Tiger Woods is one of the most famous and important athletes of the past few years. Tiger Woods won many awards and is considered to be the best golf player in history. He is very good at driving golf balls.

While achievements on the golf course aren’t as important, it seems that honesty and decency are more important than fame and fortune, or at least that’s what Tiger Woods has been saying.

10. Kevin Durant

Earnings: $65.4 Million

Kevin Durant won the 2014-2015 NBA MVP award, for his performance that year. In the 2015-2016 NBA regular season, he led his team, the Golden State Warriors, to their first championship title since 1975, where they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Durant said he loved being in the gym. At times, he wanted to quit, but he’s glad he stuck with it.

9. Stephen Curry

Earnings: $79.8 Million

Stephen Curry is a good basketball player. He is also very lucky. He was born with a rare form of the disease, and he was born in a family that was not rich.


Stephen Curry’s career started in 2007 after the Davidson Wildcats recruited him to play in college. After finishing in the top-3 of the NBA Draft in 2010, the Warriors selected him with the 2nd overall pick. Since then he has won two consecutive MVP awards as well as three NBA Championships. Curry is the most successful shooter in NBA history as well as the only player to win an MVP and NBA Championship in the same season.

Earnings: $89 Million

LeBron James has played professional basketball for twenty years, and he is one of the better players in the NBA. In his career, LeBron James has earned more than $100 million dollars and his highest-paid team is the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James has always been able to play well enough in the postseason with his team down to advance. His teams down in the regular season have seemed to have trouble holding him in check. I am intrigued by how James would play off a big play from the opponent when they get down and have to come back.

7. Aaron Rodgers

Earnings: $89.3 Million

Aaron Rodgers is America’s best quarterback. The Green Bay Packers have won three Super Bowls in six years since Rodgers arrived.

6. Russell Wilson

Earnings: $89.5 Million

Wilson is another of the NFL’s great quarterbacks to make it onto this list. He’s won the Super Bowl championship with the Seattle Seahawks, and also won the award for Rookie of the Year.

 I truly believe in positive synergy.  That your positive mental attitude gives you a more hopeful outlook, and a belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.

5. Roger Federer

Earnings: $93.4 Million

The US Open champion thinks he can keep his consistency in shape until the end of the year, especially after his first round exit at Wimbledon.

4. Canelo Alvarez

Earnings: $94 Million

Canelo is a Mexican boxer who has a record of 34-1 and is currently the number one pound for pound boxer in boxing and the number one pound for pound superstar.

3. Neymar

Earnings: $105 Million

Neymar is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and the Brazil national team. He is regarded as one of the best players in the world, and one of the most marketable celebrities in the world.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Earnings: $109 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered to be one of the best, if not the best soccer player in the world. He loves to play and he has a lot of fans.

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If Ronaldo has dreams of being the world’s best in his position, he’s going to have to work harder than anyone else. It all comes down to the will and desire to get to where you want to be.

1. Lionel Messi

Earnings: $127 Million

Messi, Ronaldo and Ronaldo’s father, are some of the best soccer players in the world. They are both great goal scorers with incredible dribbling skills.

I am really a sad person in the locker room. When I am not playing well, I’m not talking to anyone. And when I am playing well, I am trying to share the good moments with the team, but I don’t do that.


It can be seen that there are a lot of sports that are represented on this list. Basketball, football are some of the most popular sports on this list.

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