The top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world earned a cumulative $3.2 billion during 2015.
Here are the 10 highest paid athletes in the world of 2015, according to Forbes.
10. Kobe Bryant
Earnings: $49.5 million
American professional basketball player Kobe Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the fifth straight year at $23.5 million in 2014-15. He took a $7 million pay cut on his Laker’s salary last season under the two-year $48.5 million extension he signed in 2013.
9. Tiger Woods
Earnings: $50.5 million
This 39-year-old American professional golf player is among the most successful golfers of all time. Due to his elbow and back injuries, he made only seven cuts in 13 events during 2014 and the first half of 2015. His prize money was only $600,000 over the last 12 months.
8. Phil Mickelson
Earnings: $51 million
American professional golfer Philip Alfred Mickelson makes more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners Barclays, Callaway, Exxon Mobil, KPMG, Amgen and Rolex.
7. Kevin Durant
Earnings: $54 million
American professional basketball player Kevin Wayne Durant plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. The 2015-16 season is the final year on the $85 million deal this 26-year-old player signed with the team in 2010.
6. LeBron James
Earnings: $65 million
American professional basketball player LeBron Raymone James returned to Cleveland in July 2014 when he signed a two-year $42.1 million contract after four seasons in Miami.
5. Roger Federer
Earnings: $67 million
Roger Federer holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($90 million). He has signed long-term endorsement deals with reputed brands like Rolex, Nike and Credit Suisse. His sponsors pay him more than $40 million every year.
4. Lionel Messi
Earnings: $74 million
Argentine professional soccer player Lionel Andres “Leo” Messi’s main sponsor Adidas launched a Messi icon line of shoes and apparel which has exceeded company sales expectations. This 28-year-old talented player got $9 million a year raise in 2014. He will be earning $50 million annually till 2018.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Earnings: $79.5 million
Currently, this Portuguese professional soccer player earns more than $50 million annually in salary and bonuses alone. He has signed mega sponsorship deals with Nike. He has grown his CR7 fashion brand by launching a line of premium shirts and shoes.
2. Manny Pacquiao
Earnings: $160 million
Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. He was paid $125 million for his fight against Floyd Mayweather. This 36-year-old pugilist’s boxing earnings include $23 million for his November fight against Chris Algieri.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Earnings: $300 million
American professional boxer Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. topped the list again. Undefeated as a professional, this 38-year-old champion is the highest-paid athlete in the world. His $300 million earnings broke the record held by Tiger Woods, who had made $115 million in 2008. The May 2 fight between the two world champions Mayweather and Pacquiao broke many boxing financial records, including total gate ($73 million) and sponsorships ($13 million). This bout might have grossed more than $600 million. Even though he has shunned endorsement deals, he signed with FanDuel, Burger King, and Hublot. He is the sixth richest athlete of all-time.