Sports is that one career that most people love, however, it’s not everyone who is talented enough to take up sports as a career. Those who fail to take up sports as a career can go on to become successful in other careers while those who take up sports can also become highly successful therefore in the end, it’s a win-win situation for all. Dedicated to influential people in sports, this articles looks at the sporting personalities who are living the big life from their massive earnings. If you failed to make it in sports, don’t worry because you can always become a sports fanatic in the comfort of your own home playing novibet casino games; to top it off you can actually win millions and live life like what these sports stars are doing.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather ($285 million salary/Winnings)
For the fourth time in eight years, Floyd Mayweather finds himself on pole position on the ranking of the most paid sports personalities. Over the years, Mayweather had fallen down the list owing to his inactivity following his retirement from boxing some few years back. However, his return last year in a fight against MMA star Conor McGregor catapulted him back to the top of the most paid athlete’s list. Mayweather in a period of just 36 minutes earned a whopping $275 million! Outside the ring, Mayweather earned a further $10 million from endorsement deals bringing his total annual income for the year at $285 million.
Lionel Messi ($111 million salary/Winnings)
Lionel Messi is on a reported $84 million salary per year. The Argentinian who plays football for Barcelona in Spain is regarded as one of the best players to ever take to the field. Messi came to Spain as a youngster and developed to become the footballer he is today at Barcelona’s La Masia Academy. In his time at the club, he has won all the major club honours including La Liga (the Premiership in Spain), UEFA Champions League, Club World Cup and the Copa Del Rey (biggest cup tournament in Spain). He has also been voted the world’s best player a record five-time, he shares this record with his nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition to his $84 million salary, Messi also earns a reported $27 million in endorsement deals bring his total income for the year at $111 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million salary/Winnings)
Lionel Messi’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo also compete with him on the earnings list. Ronaldo is slightly behind Lionel Messi when it comes to annual income. Ronaldo’s annual income totals $61 million. The Portuguese superstar has been a mainstay in the Real Madrid side ever since his switch from Manchester United. Ronaldo has won all there is to win when it comes to club football winning the La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Club World Cup and also an international honour in the UEFA Euro Championships of 2016. Individually he has been voted the best player in the world on five occasions, tied with Lionel Messi. Apart from the $61 million salary, Ronaldo also earns $47 million in endorsement deals bringing his total income to $108 million.