Becoming the richest athlete in the world is a dream that every sportsperson desires. A sportsperson has to go through many challenges in order to be among the best in the world. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a lot of sacrifices for an athlete to achieve that feat. Today we are going to talk about the richest sportsmen in the world according to the recently released 2021 Forbes list. As expected, we can see some great names in this list who have excelled in their respective sports. Here is the list of top 10 highest paid athletes in the world:
Due to Covid-19 situation, many matches were disrupted which resulted in the less earnings of various sportspersons. Roger Federer, who was the top ranked richest athlete in 2020 moved down to No.7 as a result. Federer earned $90 million from his endorsements and that was also his overall earning.
With a total of $180 million, MMA fighter Conor McGregor is the richest sportsman in the world. McGregor was 16th on the Forbes’ 2020 list but he made a huge jump to No.1 position in 2021. He was probably the biggest gainer this year. His on-field earnings are $22 million while his off the field earnings are estimated at $158 million. Despite losing to Dustin Poirier, he earned a mammoth $22 million.
Conor McGregor net worth $120 million
Among the other athletes, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has moved down to No.3 while Lionel Messi has moved up to No.2 in the rankings. Lionel Messi’s failed attempt to leave Barcelona last year may have contributed towards his earnings as the club is now paying him more money. Along with this, Messi has a number of endorsements out of which he has a lifetime deal with Adidas.
Cristiano Ronaldo net worth $500 million
Lionel Messi net worth $600 million