2014 is coming to an end. Today we present you a list of this year’s highest-paid athletes in the world, as ranked by Forbes magazine on their earnings.
Tiger Woods, who was the most paid athlete last year, at number 6 in this years list. Cristiano Ronaldo is also jumping up and up, he is the 2nd most earning athlete in 2014 with 80 million annual income. As usually this years is also dominated by soccer, basketball, tennis and football players.
You can check the full list here. Check out the top 10:
10. Matt Ryan (USA) (Football)
Earnings: $43.8 Million
Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million contract last year with the Atlanta Falcons that included a $28 million signing bonus and a $12 million option bonus paid in March. The deal made him the NFL’s top-paid player over the last 12 months. The $20.75 million average annual value was the second highest in the NFL behind only Aaron Rodgers at the time of the signing (Colin Kaepernick has since surpassed Ryan). Matty Ice bolsters his playing income with nearly $2 million a year from appearances, memorabilia and sponsors Nike, Comcast and Liquid Nutrition. Ryan became the Falcons all-time leader in passing yards last year.
9. Rafael Nadal (Spain) (Tennis)
Earnings: $44.5 Million
Nadal had a monster 2013 season where he went 75-7 and finished ranked No. 1 in the world. He won two Grand Slams (French Open, U.S. Open) and was runner-up at Australia in January 2014. He added a ninth French Open title in June and is now 66-1 all time at Roland Garros. The wins and top year-end ranking kicked in bonuses from sponsors in addition to the $14.5 million in prize money he earned between June 2013 and June 2014. Nadal’s biggest endorsement partner is Nike where his earnings are heavily tied to his year-end rank. Other current sponsors include Babolat, Mapfre, Banc Sabadell Atlantico, Richard Mille, Kia Motors, Mueller and Poker Stars.
8. Phil Mickelson (USA) (Golf)
Earnings: $53.2 Million
Mickelson picked up valuable sponsor bonuses last year for winning the British Open for the first time. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances and endorsement partners: Callaway, Barclay’s, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen/Pfizer. He picked up a deal to promote psoriatic arthritis drug Enbrel after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and used the drug for his treatment. Mickelson has racked up 42 PGA victories (ninth all-time), $74 million in career prize money (second all-time) and five major titles (second-most during the past 20 years). Mickelson is under investigation by the FBI and SEC for making stock trades on nonpublic information. The golfer has denied any wrongdoing.
7. Roger Federer (Switzerland) (Tennis)
Earnings: $56.2 Million
Federer continues to be among the world’s best players 16 years after he turned pro. He holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($81 million). He appeared in a staggering 18 out of 19 Grand Slam finals between 2005 and 2010. His endorsement portfolio is filled with long-term deals with blue-chip companies like Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse. His sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million annually. The latest addition is champagne brand Moet & Chandon, which signed Federer to a five-year deal at the end of 2012.
6. Tiger Woods (USA) (Golf)
Earnings: $61.2 Million
Tiger Woods underwent back surgery at the end of March that sidelined him for the Masters for the first time since 1994. This was the latest bump in the road in Wood’s quest to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since the 2008 US Open. Woods’ earnings took a hit when Electronic Arts announced in 2013 that it would end its relationship with Woods and his eponymous video game after 16 versions. The series generated nearly $800 million in sales, according to NPD Group. Nike renewed its deal with Woods in 2013. The company built a golf division on the back of Woods that registered sales of $791 million in Nike’s 2013 fiscal year.
5. Kobe Bryant (Basketball)
Earnings: $61.5 Million
Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year during the 2013-14 season. His $30.5 million salary is nearly $8 million higher than any other player. He inked a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November 2013 that will keep his on-court salary tops in the NBA. Bryant missed all but six games of the 2013-14 season as a result of a fracture in his left knee, but his jersey was still the NBA’s third best seller during the season after LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Bryant ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. His deals with Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini for merchandise are worth more than $30 million annually. He invested $4-6 million this year to buy more than 10% of emerging sports drink BodyArmour. It was the first investment made by his new company Kobe Inc.
4. Lionel Messi (Argentina) (Soccer)
Messi finished as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or after winning it a record four consecutive years. Sponsors like Adidas, who launched his signature shoe last year, and Turkish Airlines, who paired him with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, have invested heavily in Barcelona’s most prolific goal scorer. In turn, so has the Spanish tax authority, who investigated him and his father for image rights tax evasion and ordered him to pay $6.5 million. In May, he signed his 7th contract in 11 years which will pay him $50 million a year pre-tax and extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2019.
3. LeBron James (USA) (Basketball)
Earnings: $72.3 Million
Back-to-back championships and four MVP awards have made LeBron James the king of the NBA. James is the NBA’s biggest endorsement star, thanks to deals with Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Upper Deck and others. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300 million in the U.S. during 2013, according to research firm SportsOneSource, and his jersey was the NBA’s best-seller. James’ earnings also got a boost from the sale of Beats to Apple for $3 billion. James owned a small piece of the business and helped make the brand a must-have accessory by outfitting the 2008 U.S. Olympic basketball team in Beijing in the high-priced headphones.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) (Soccer)
Earnings: $80 Million
The Portugal and Real Madrid star was voted the sport’s most valuable player in the world in 2013 for the second time in his career after scoring 69 goals in 59 club and country competitions. Real Madrid rewarded him with a record 5-year contract worth more than $200 million. In May, he went on to help the team win its tenth Champions League title. His commercially good looks have landed him mega sponsorships, like his recent deal with Tag Heuer and a personal brand of underwear labeled CR7 on top of his long-term Nike deal.
1.Floyd Mayweather (USA)
Earnings: $105 Million
Mayweather is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes’ annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross ($150 million), live gate ($20 million) and total revenue (roughly $200 million). The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month, six-fight deal he signed with Showtime in 2013. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million for his May fight with Marcos Maidana where the PPV buys are expected to finish between 900,000 and one million when they are all counted, compared to 2.2 million for Mayweather-Alvarez. Mayweather pocketed $105 million for the two bouts thanks to his role as both pugilist and promoter.