Mayweather, Jr.’s Salary – HUGE!
If you are a super-star athlete, you have the potential to earn millions of dollars each year. This year, salaries and endorsements, are creating vast fortunes for some of the players in different sports. At the bottom of the Top Ten list is Kobe Bryant. Bryant, now 37, joined the NBA directly from high school. He has been a loyal player for the Lakers. This year he will have an income of $50 million.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson
One of the great golfers of all time is Tiger Woods. Now 45, Woods has become the most successful golfer of all time. He has been on the list of the highest-paid athletes for several years. This year he will earn $50.6 million. Five years older than Woods, fellow golfer Phil Mickelson has won more than 40 events in the PGA tour. Although he is making just a little more than Woods, at $50.8 million, he is currently the highest-paid golfer in the world.
Kevin Durant, Lebron James
Kevin Durant is currently playing basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder. At 26, he has won many titles, including the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He also earned an Olympic gold medal. Durant is the second-highest-paid basketball player in the world, with an income of $54.1 million. The highest-paid basketball player in the world is Lebron James. His income for this year will be $64 million. He presently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His credits include winning two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, an NBA Scoring Title, Four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and many other awards.
Roger Federer, Lionel Messi
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, 38, is now ranked at number two by the association of tennis professionals. Some people recognize him as the best tennis player of all time. Aside from many titles, he also held the world number one position for 302 weeks. This year his income will amount to $67 million. Professional soccer player Lionel Messi, from Argentina, plays for the Barcelona Football Club in Spain. He became the club’s all-time top scorer at the age of 24. This year his salary will total $73.8 million.
Christiano Ronaldo, Manny Pacquiao
Thirty-year-old Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo will earn $79.6 million this year. He is presently the captain of his Portugal national team. Some people say Ronaldo is the best player in the world. Filipino fighter, Manny Pacquiao, 41, is not only a boxer; he is also a politician. He was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He can also sing and act. He is the second-highest-paid athlete in the world. This year his earnings will be $160 million.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. ranks at the very top of the highest-paid athletes. At 38, he defeated Manny Pacquiao in the fight of the century. As a result, this helped to increase his salary. In case you are wondering, Mayweather Jr. will bank $300 million this year.
Yes, indeed, if you have outstanding athletic abilities, it pays to enter the world of professional sports.