Even without knowing the exact figures, most people will agree that professional athletes earn a tremendous lot of money. We won’t go into any debates on whether they truly deserve their huge salaries when compared to other more valuable members of society because that’s what usually this conversation turns into whenever this particular debate starts.
We will, however, try to understand exactly how much money they make and what for. Like you may have already guessed, some athletes earn money not from their salaries alone but through media exposure and commercial interests as well. So to keep things simple, here are the ten highest paid athletes in the world right now.
Nadal won 2 Grand Slams in 2013 but has been slightly out of shape ever since. His wins and top year-end rankings saw bonuses flow in from sponsors, helping him earn $14.5 million in prize money over these past few years. Currently, Nike is Nadal’s biggest endorsement partner, on a very long list of sponsors. Interestingly enough, His earnings are tied to his year-end rank. His other sponsors include Banc Sabadell Atlantico, Richard Mille, Kia Motors, Mueller, Babolat, Mapre, and Poker stars.