Forbes List of Highest Paid Celebrity – Sports

While you plan your budget as per your paycheck every month, here are some celebrities who are paid insanely for what they do. This year’s Forbes list of highest paid celebrity in the genre of Sports has been released. We have brought to the top 10 celebrity list with the highest pay and the reason behind their success. Go ahead and get some inspiration for these celebrity salaries. Six or seven digit paycheck is not what you must aim for. Look beyond the limit.

Forbes List of Highest Paid Celebrity – Sports

1. Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr.

  • Earning – $300 million
  • Field – Athlete, Boxing

Born in the United States, Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is a professional boxer. Having won eleven world titles, he is now a five-division world champion. This determined boxer holds the #1 position in “The Forbes List of Celebrity 100”. Floyd seems to be a very ambitious athlete, who says “I want to be the first fighter to earn nine figures in one night.” But there is a buzz that Floyd Mayweather might retire quite soon. As of 2015, his estimated net worth is $300 million. 

This is the third time out of four; Joy Mayweather has been ranked in the highest paid celebrity list by Forbes.

2. Manny Pacquiao

  • Earning – $160 million
  • Field – Athlete, Boxing                                                               

Pacquiao is a Filipino world champion boxer. Known to be the potential competitor of Mayweather Jr, Manny is paid almost half times less than Mayweather. Pacquiao also boosted his income with the $160 million haul ranking #2 on the list of highest paid celebrities. Previous to this, Pacquiao was on the #11 position on this highest paid celebrities. He is also known to have increased his income through endorsements such as Nike, Foot Locker, Nestle, etc.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Earning – $79,5 million
  • Field – Football

This charming Portuguese footballer is one of my favorite sports-persons. Real Madrid’s Cristiano takes back home a notable amount of $79.5 million ranking #10 in the Forbes list of celebrity 100. Real Madrid, believed to be one of the world’s valuable soccer club offers him around $50 million as salary and benefits. Whereas commercial partners like Nike and Tag Heuer adds the rest of his income.

Ronaldo counts around 158 million followers on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. His fans all around the world must be willing to pay him more than this just to watch him play 🙂

4. Lionel Messi

  • Earning – $73,8 million
  • Field – Football

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star is known for the best goals and strategies he makes that leaves the opponents to go crazy. According to the earnings, Messi shares a similar salary as that of Ronaldo’s taking home a paycheck of $50 million from his soccer club. He ranked #13 on the list of Forbes 100 and took the fourth position in the field of Sports with a sum of $73,8 million. Like many other popular sports-persons, Messi is also known to be the ambassador for several brands.

5. Roger Federer

  • Earning – $67 million
  • Field – Athlete, Tennis

With $67 million as his salary, he ranks #16 on the top 100 list of highest paid celebrity and comes fifth among the genre of Sports. Federer completed World #2 last year and continued his contract with several blue-chip companies including Credit Suisse and Rolex.

6. Lebron James

  • Earning – $65 million
  • Field – Athlete, NBA

Lebron James is one of NBA’s top players making a huge earning of $65 million. Known for this passion and dedication, this American basketball player gets the sixth position among the athletes. James is the first NBA player to appear in five straight NBA finals since the 1960’s.

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7. Kevin Durant

  • Earning – $54 million
  • Field – Athlete, Basketball

Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player playing for the NBA. With a salary of just $19 million, this tall player claims to have notable sponsors including Panini, 2K Sports, Beats Electronics, Acorns, BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, Nike. Kevin ranks #30 on Forbes 100 making a net earning worth $54 million.

8. Phil Mickelson

  • Earning – $51 million
  • Field – Athlete, Golf

This American golfer has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including an Open Champions, a PGA Championship, three Masters titles, and five major championships. He is ranked #36 on Forbes 100 celebrities with $51 million earning in 2015.

9. Tiger Woods

  • Earning – $50,5 million
  • Field – Athlete, Golf

Tiger Woods is remarkably known as the most successful golfers of all time. He is ranked #37, with just half a million less earning than that of Phil’s. As of 2015, Woods has an earning worth $50,5 million earning.

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10. Kobe Bryant

  • Earning – $49,5 million
  • Field – Basketball

The 31-year-old Kobe Bryant is an American basketball player in NBA. With the $49.5 million as the take back home money, Bryant also tops the list of highest paid NBA players of the year.  Among the Forbes 100, Kobe ranks #39.

These sports superstars have proved that genuine talent and determination can make you achieve more than you ever imagine. Hating to know the fact of how much do you earn? It’s time to change the number of digits on your paycheck.

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