This is a list of the top 10 highest paid athletes in the world for 2015 as ranked by Forbes magazine on their earnings. The top ten highest earning athletes all time.
10. Matt Ryan – $43.8 million
Matthew Thomas “Matt” Ryan is an American football player. Ryan plays for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League (NFL).
He is a golf lover and has participated in tournaments as the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and the Augusta National.
9. Rafael Nadal – $44.5 million
Rafael Nadal Parera also known as Rafa Nadal is a Spanish tennis star and current No. 3 in the world ranking of ATP. He is considered one of the best players in the history of tennis and best of all-time tennis player at clay court.
In 2014 he was named Best Athlete Spanish by the newspaper Mundo Deportivo and Laureus World Sports for Best Comeback of the Year (2013).
8. Phil Mickelson – $53.2 million
Philip Alfred Mickelson is a left-handed American professional golfer. Phil has won five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005) and an Open Championship (2013). He has spent more than 700 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Phil Mickelson is married to Amy, nee McBride, and has three children: Amanda, Sophia and Evan.
7. Roger Federer – $56.2 million
Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player. In his career Federer won a record 17Grand Slam tournaments in singles and ended the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 at the top of the tennis world rankings . Overall, Federer has won 83 singles titles and eight in the double so far.
Federer is the only player to have won three times in his career three Grand Slam titles in a season. He succeeded in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Federer was chosen as World Athlete of the Year in the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Federer is rated by tennis experts among the best players in the history of the sport and is often referred to as the best player of all time.
6. Tiger Woods -$61.2 million
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer and one of the most successful golfers in the history of sport. With an estimated annual earnings of about 78 million US $, he is among the highest paid athletes in the world.
According to Forbes Magazine, he was the first athlete ever to earn more than 1 billion US dollars.
5. Kobe Bryant – $61.5 million
Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player. The 198 cm tall plays for the Los Angeles Lakers since 1996 on the position of the Shooting Guards.
Kobe also won the 2008 election to the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award for most valuable player of the NBA regular season.
He won the previous five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Kobe Bryant won the gold medal against Spain with the Team USA and other players such as LeBron James , Chris Bosh , Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul and with the US team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London defended the title again against Spain.
4. Lionel Messi – $64.7 million
Lionel “Leo” Messi Andrés Cuccittini is an Argentine footballer who also has the Spanish nationality.
Messi plays for FC Barcelona since he was 13 years. At age 24, he was top scorer from FC Barcelona, with 25 the youngest player in La Liga history, who scored 200 goals.
In 2009, he became European Footballer of the Year. He was chosen four times in a row, FIFA World Player of the Year.
3. Lebron James – $72.3 million
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player. James plays in the North American professional league NBA since 2003. Alluding to former English kings, he is called “King James”. Another nickname is “The Chosen One”.
He won the award for Rookie of the Year , 2008/2009 and in 2009/2010 he won the most valuable player in the league (MVP – Most Valuable Player ) award.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – $80 million
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese footballer. He holds the record for the most expensive transfer in football history. He is captain and leading scorer of the Portuguese national team.
Used at the beginning of his career in the right side of midfield, he later moved to the left wing and was one of the most prolific players of his time. With Manchester United, he won three national championships in a row and the UEFA Champions League in 2008.
After his record transfer to Real Madrid, he scored for the Royal so far in over two hundred responses on average more than one goal per game. Ronaldo won three times the Golden Shoe as top scorer in Europe.
He is considered as one of the best football players in the world and was chosen three times the FIFA World Player of the Year and twice European Footballer of the Year.
1. Floyd Mayweather- $105 million
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer. He is a three time winner of the National Golden Gloves, and bronze medalist of the 1996 Olympic Games.
He is a former WBC world champion in super featherweight-, lightweight, light welterweight, light middleweight and former IBF world champion in the welterweight division. Currently, he is the world champion of the WBC and WBA Welterweight and Super World Champion WBA Light Middleweight weight.
According to a survey by Forbes Magazine in June 2014 Mayweather Jr. earns an annual income equivalent to 78 million euros making him world’s highest paid athlete. He has earned almost $400 million since he turned pro in 1996.
Mayweather is the nephew of ex-boxer , Roger Mayweather , who won two world titles.