Each of the names in the following list are idols in their own right. Whether on an NBA field, a soccer field or an MLB stadium, all of these athletes have earned their wages and built themselves a colossal fortune.
Sportico recently listed the 25 highest paid athletes of all time and took into account what the athlete has earned over the course of their career, inflation, as well as all the endorsements the athlete in question has had and has to date.
Below are the 25 highest paid athletes, the order may shock you but there is no question about the top 10, these athletes have earned their fortunes and will continue to earn money from the sheer value of their name.
25. Derek Jeter – $ 555 million
The five-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees was everywhere in the late ’90s, the face of the Yankees and one of the best players in all of MLB, Jeter amassed a net worth of $ 555 million in picture , sponsorship, and contractual agreements.
24. Peyton Manning – $ 570 million
NFL quarterback Peyton manning was a darling of NFL fans in the 2000s. Manning won two Super Bowls and was an NFL MVP 5 times. Over the course of his career, Manning has entered into numerous sponsorship deals and achieved $ 570 million in total revenue.
23. Oscar de la Hoya – $ 580 million
The face of boxing in a post Mike Tyson world, Oscar de la Hoya fought all comers as the 6 weight class champion. de la Hoya has endorsed, performed and performed video games. In total, the Golden Boy has earned around $ 580 million during his great career and beyond.
22. Jeff Gordon – $ 595 million
NASCAR is pretty big and the sponsorships that go with it. Jeff Gordon was one of the best drivers of his generation and was the face of NASCAR for years. Gordon earned just under $ 600 million during his run.
21. Neymar – $ 615 million
PSG striker and national hero Neymar is still amassing what will be a huge fortune and what can be said, Neymar is the face of Puma and other products, he won a total of $ 615 million and will be way higher than that if he wins the 2022 World Cup for Brazil.
20. Lewis Hamilton – $ 620 million
Lewis hamilton is a great F1 driver and has worked with various brands and foundations throughout his career. Hamilton has earned around $ 620 million for all of his racing titles.
19. Kevin Durant – $ 625 million
One of the elite players in the NBA Kevin Durant won 2 NBA titles, his sponsorship contracts are with Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric and 2K Sports. In total, the Brooklyn Nets star earned $ 625 million.
18. Manny Pacquiao – $ 630 million
One of the best boxers of all time Manny Pacquiao was a highlight reel fighter and gained worldwide attention. Pacquiao has approved many products and brands. Now in politics, how he balances his old image as a boxer with politics will most likely affect his earnings.
17. Alex Rodriguez – $ 650 million
Alex rodriguez was another face of MLB, he may not have been liked by many Yankees fans, Alex Rodríguez was no joke on the baseball field. Off the field he got out and now has his own business and invested in various businesses and almost bought the Mets!
16. Mike Tyson – $ 775 million
Mike Tyson made money without a doubt, in his heyday he was perhaps the most fascinating and feared athlete in the world. Tyson has endorsed many products, but his poor quality of life outside the ring has cost him much of his fortune. Tyson is now rebuilding his empire and public image, but Tyson still made $ 775 million in his lifetime.
15. Greg Norman – $ 815 million
Retired golfer Greg Norman has earned over $ 800 million during his career and is the CEO of his own company which is active in clothing, interior design, real estate, wine production, private equity and golf course design.
14. Shaquille O’Neal – $ 870 million
Shaquille O’neal has dabbled in movies, approved products, and is on the air as an analyst, so Shaq remains active and continues to build on that fortune when he was a player.
13. Kobe Bryant – $ 930 million
Kobe was one of the world’s most beloved athletes, a flag bearer for the NBA and various brands, Kobe also went into his own businesses. Sadly, her life was cut short in a tragic helicopter crash which also claimed the life of her daughter.
12. David Beckham – $ 1.05 billion
David Beckham has built an empire on his image, the owner of Inter Miami, endorses products, his own clothing line, nothing that Beckham sees will not see a better financial result for the former England superstar and of Manchester United.
11. Phil Mickelson – $ 1.08 billion
Golfer Phil mickelson is one of the best golfers of his generation and this has helped raise his earnings to over $ 1 billion. Mickelson has won three Masters as well as many other competitions.
10. Roger Federer – $ 1.12 billion
Roger Federer is one of the best tennis players of all time, and he has earned a fortune with all of his sponsorship deals and cash prizes. Federer is a living legend and will only add to his value over time.
9. Michael Schumacher – $ 1.13 billion
The great F1 driver Michael schumacher made his fortune with his sponsorship contracts, which included a watch and various other brands. In 2017, Forbes declared Schumacher to be the athlete with the fifth highest career earner of all time.
8. Lionel Messi – $ 1.14 billion
The best footballer of his generation and perhaps of all time, Lionel messi is the football player with the second highest income of his career. Messi is practically everywhere and you would be hard pressed to find a brand not associated with the Argentine.
7. LeBron James – $ 1.17 billion
James lebron is the most famous face in the NBA today, as James has millions of fans and numerous endorsements to go along with his philanthropic work. He is also co-owner of the English football team Liverpool.
6. Floyd Mayweather – $ 1.2 billion
Pretty boy Floyd Mayweather may be the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time, undefeated and despite his high profile and mean tongue, he has millions of mentions and wins throughout his career.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – $ 1.4 billion
The football player who wins the most at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United player has done an exceptional job on his image and this has led to numerous sponsorship deals.
4. Jack Nicklaus – $ 1.38 billion
Legendary golfer Jack nicklaus has made so many profits besides working on golf course design and his own line of golf balls.
3. Arnold Palmer – $ 1.5 billion
Arnold palmer was one of the greatest golfers of all time and, like Nicklaus, had enjoyed very much through endorsements and the granting of his name to various products.
2. Tiger Woods – $ 2.1 billion
Golfer Tiger woods continues to earn a lot of money, even despite his personal problems a few years ago. Woods is considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time and the value of his name has never been better.
1. Michael Jordan – $ 2.62 billion
Everyone still wants to be like Mike, one of the most fascinating athletes of all time. Michael jordan dazzled the world on a basketball court and made a fortune out of it. Air Jordan sneakers, his own company, the countless mentions and even making a movie. Jordan has done it all and his name still holds a lot of value.