We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: sports bring tons of money. And let’s be honest, professional athletes can end up with winning a lot from various competitions. Actually, some of them can earn some ridiculous amounts just from a single game/match or from a publicity contract. If you wonder who the highest-paid athletes of 2015 are, we’ve put together a short list with this year’s podium. Let’s begin, shall we?
Even though he recently announced his retirement, ‘Money’ Mayweather remains number 1 when it comes to the highest-paid athletes of 2015. With a $285 million from gathered from winnings and $15 million endorsements, Mayweather has a total fortune of $300.
Of course, let’s not forget that a big part from his ‘value’ is because he loves to bet a lot of money on sports events. Surprisingly, he wins most times!
Another boxer makes it to our top. Filipino-born Manny Pacquiao is well known for being Floyd Mayweather’s biggest rival, some of them considering him even better than the American. Still, when it comes to its net worth, Pacquiao comes behind.
With $148 million won from boxing and $12 million in endorsements, he has a total fortune of $160 million, which is not bad at all, we’d say.
There’s no doubt that Ronaldo is one of the best football (or soccer, if you want) players the world has ever seen. Still, he’s just the third in the highest-paid athletes of 2015 top.
With $52.6 million from salary and $27 million in endorsements, he’s way behind Manny Pacquiao, but he does have all the time to catch up.
He is followed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, NBA starts LeBron James and Kevin Durant, golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woords, while Lakers-legend Kobe Bryant holds the 10th position in the highest-paid athletes of 2015 top.