The best athletes in the world are not just adored by fans in their home country, they are revered at a global level. While the best in any game will take home impressive salaries, there is also a significant amount of money to be made through endorsing products.
The highest earning athletes in sports usually take home both salaries along with having multiple lucrative endorsement deals. The sports that truly have global reach like soccer and basketball, feature the world’s biggest endorsers. Below is a list of the highest earning athletes of the last year.
Lionel Messi – $127 Million
Soccer, more than any other sport, is a global phenomenon. The athletes become more valuable to any brand they represent due to the sheer fact that more people play soccer than any other sport. To be the best soccer player in the world is akin to being the best endorser in the world.
For many years, Lionel Messi has been seen as one of, if not the best player in the world. The 32-year-old Argentine will make $92 million in salary to go along with $35 million in sponsorship pay.