Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of Today


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This post is honoring the rankings of Forbes Magazine.

#10 Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, age 33, is a race car driver that ranks fourth among Formula One drivers. Race car driving may not be as a popular sport but Lewis Hamilton is definitely one of the best. Lewis, as of now, has $8 million in endorsements and a salary with bonuses of $38 million, which brings his total pay to $46 million. Think that’s a lot of money? Wait until you get to the top of the of the list.

#9 James Harden

After breaking apart from the Oklahoma City Thunders, the 2012 Western Conference Champions in the NBA (National Basketball Association), James Harden made a solo run and signed a huge breakout deal with the Houston Rockets. The news came as a huge shock to fans of the basketball world as James Harden broke the Big Three. According to credible analysts at the time, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Harden had the potential to make finals and possibly win the national championship again. James Harden now makes a total of $46.6 million with the Houston Rockets, of which $20 million comes from endorsements.

#8 Stephen Curry

Another star from the basketball world, Stephen Curry is arguably the best shooter in basketball of past and present. Stephen Curry is not only known for his amazing shooting abilities; Curry has carried his team into three finals and two NBA Championship titles. The team also added Kevin Durant (remember the big three…James Harden?) into their team making them unbreakable last season and still one of the best in 2018. Stephen makes a solid salary of $12.3 million and astounding $35 million in endorsements. That’s a total package of $47.3 million.

#7 Rory McIlory

One of the best golf players, Rory McIlory earns $50 million annually, which includes $34 million of endorsements. The 28 year old was number one in Golf Rankings for a whopping 95 weeks (about two years) and has received several international awards in the sport.

#6 Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck, a quarterback on the Indianapolis Colts, has lead his team to three playoffs, including possibly the second biggest comeback in playoff history. Luck has had a rocky start in his career, including surgery on one of his fingers but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his greatest feats. He now earns $50 million on an annual basis, of which $47 million is from salary and bonuses.

#5 Kevin Durant

Never mind James Harden leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant left the basketball association forever disfigured and his old city in shreds after his departure. Okay, perhaps it’s not that extreme but there’s no lowering the scale of destruction (and victory) Durant caused. He left and signed a $50 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, defending champions, at the time for a two year contract. The basketball superstar now has a championship ring – possibly a dream he couldn’t fulfill with this old team – and makes over $60 million every year.

#4 Roger Federer

Roger Federer is currently ranked Number Two in the world for men’s singles in tennis. Federer has set several records internationally and established a competitive tone for the world of tennis. Despite several ongoing injuries including surgery for his knee, Federer has proved to be a beast on the court and he is awarded with $64 million on an annual basis.

#3 Lionel Messi

The debates over who’s better, who earns more, who should earn more between Lionel Messi and his competitor Cristiano Ronaldo are ongoing and heated. But there’s no denying the fact the Lionel Messi is one of the best soccer players alive and with an annual pay of $80 million, Messi proves to be an influential figure in the world of sports and indeed in the sphere of soccer. Last World Cup in 2014, the soccer star suffered a defeat 0-1 against Germany and even refused to receive Best Player Award in the competition. But this year in 2018 – there’s no doubt Messi has his eye on the prize and that’s finally winning the world cup. Well deserved, he earns impressive $80 million annually.

#2 Lebron James

Lebron James is the best player in the world right now. Fact. He is the best player who’s ever lived. Most likely. He’s the best all around player past and present. Possibly. Whether you agree with it or not, Lebron James is an unbreakable legend. Wherever he goes, a championship follows. He has led every team he’s ever been on to the Championship series or NBA finals – teams that have never been in the playoffs! The basketball player makes $86.2 million every year as well as a Conference Finals trophy. This year, as always, he has his eye on the NBA Finals trophy. So, yes let’s not deny it; Lebron is the best basketball player right now.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is possibly the best soccer player right now – a debate with Lionel Messi worth arguing. He makes an annual $93 million salary as a player on the Portugal national team and Real Madrid club. Ronaldo is also recognized as the best soccer player of all time and we don’t think that’s a statement worth fighting against.

This post is honoring the rankings of Forbes Magazine.

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