Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World 2021
American business magazine Forbes recently published its annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. Experts calculated the earnings of players, putting together their prize money, salaries and income from advertising contracts between June 2019 and June 2021.
The top 100 richest athletes included athletes from 25 countries, their total earnings grew by 4 billion. 5% compared to the previous year.
The recent pandemic which had made sports activities to be put on hold has also caused some athletes to lose their earnings why some increased massively.
That is probably why you shouldn’t be surprised when you see athletes like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not topping the list of the top 10 richest athletes in the world 2021.
Top 10 Highest-paid Athletes in the World 2021
According to Forbes, these are the top 10 richest athletes in the world in 2021.
- Carson Wentz (American Football) -Net Worth 2021- $59.1 Million
- Kirk Cousins (American Football) -Net Worth 2021- $60.5 Million
- Tiger Woods (golf) -Net Worth 2021- $62.3 Million
- Kevin Durant (basketball) -Net Worth 2021- $63.9 Million
- Stephen Curry (basketball) -Net Worth 2021- $74.4 Million
- LeBron James (basketball) -Net Worth 2021- $88.2 Million
- Neymar (football) -Net Worth 2021- $95.5 Million
- Lionel Messi (football) -Net Worth 2021- $104 Million
- Cristiano Ronaldo (football) -Net Worth 2021- $105 Million
- Roger Federer (tennis) -Net Worth 2021- $106.3 Million
10. Carson Wentz (American Football) – Net Worth 2021 – $59.1 Million
Carson James Wentz is an American quarterback for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at North Dakota State University and was selected by the Eagles with the 2016 NFL Draft’s second overall pick, the highest selection ever made for an FCS player.
9. Kirk Cousins (American Football) -Net Worth 2021- $60.5 Million
Kirk Daniel Cousins is an American Quarterback for the National Football League Minnesota Vikings. Between 2009 to 2011, he played college football at Michigan State, and was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
8. Tiger Woods (golf) -Net Worth 2021- $62.3 Million
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is a professional American golfer. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins and ranks second in major men’s championships and also holds various golf records. Woods is generally considered one of the best golfers, and one of the most famous athletes ever.
Tiger woods still made it to the Top 10 Highest-paid Athletes in the World 2021.
7. Kevin Durant (basketball) -Net Worth 2021- $63.9 Million
The Basketball star is not yet the richest athlete in the world, but confidently enters the top ten rich of the sport.
In 2018, Durant earned $35 million through sponsors (Google, Alaska Air Group, Nike and others), as well as investments in more than 30 companies.
6. Stephen Curry (basketball) – $74.4 Million
The Golden State Warriors quarterback is one of the most sought-after athletes in the world in recent years. In 2017, he signed a contract for 200 million. Dollars.
In addition to his sports activities, Curry also owns the production company Unanimous Media. And his sponsorship list includes Chase, Nissan Motor, Under Armour and others.
5. LeBron James (basketball) – $88.2 Million
The Los Angeles Lakers forward is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his entry into the world’s highest-paid athletes of 2019 certainly confirms that view.
LeBron’s advertising portfolio includes Beats Electronics, Coca-Cola, KIA Motors, Nike and many other well-known companies.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron’s team will meet the Clippers at Staples Center in December. This will be the NBA’s main Christmas game.
4. Neymar (football) -Net Worth 2021- $95.5 Million
Messi’s former team-mate and Paris Saint-Germain star – Neymar is the fourth highest-paid athlete in the world in 2021.
A significant part of its revenues is provided by numerous advertising contracts with DA’N, Beats Electronics, Electronic Arts, Gillette, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Nike, Red Bull, TCL and many other companies.
3. Lionel Messi (football) – $104 Million
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi made it to the first three on list of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2021 for the first time. Messi is the third richest athlete in the world in 2021. He is a six times ballon d’Or award winner making him one of the best football legends to ever walk the face of the earth.
And even Cristiano Ronaldo, who made one of the most expensive transfers in the history of football last season, was only second on the list.
About $35 million was earned by the world’s highest-paid sportsman thanks to advertising partners such as Adidas, MasterCard, Gatorade, Huawei, and PepsiCo.
It is noteworthy that the players for the first time got into the top three richest athletes since 1990 – that is since Forbes began to track the income of sports stars.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (football) – $105 Million
One of the most beautiful footballers in the world currently plays for Juventus, moving there from Real Madrid in 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the list of the richest athletes in the world 2021.
Ronaldo is considered by his fans as the best footballer in the world and constantly fights with Lionel Messi for this title. In fact, over the past few years, these two players have been the only players to receive the Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo also boasts an incredible number of followers on social media. Recently, he became the most popular sports celebrity on Instagram, where he has almost 400 million subscribers.
Impressive 44 million Cristiano brought dollars of the total amount of advertising agreements with Nike, Herbalife, Altice, DA’N, MTG, Electronic Arts and many others.
1. Roger Federer (tennis) – $106.3 Million
The Swiss professional tennis player currently ranks first to become the richest athlete in the world in 2021. Federer is now nearing the end of his career, but he was number one for six consecutive years and has won 19 grands prix in his career. Roger Federer is currently the highest-paid athlete in 2021.
Federer earned $86 million from his partners Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Rolex, making him the highest-paid athlete through advertising contracts. And Japanese sports giant Uniqlo signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the tennis star last year.
These are the Top 20 Richest Athletes in the World 2021:
|#1||Roger Federer||$106.3 M||$6.3 M||$100 M||Tennis|
|#2||Cristiano Ronaldo||$105 M||$60 M||$45 M||Soccer|
|#3||Lionel Messi||$104 M||$72 M||$32 M||Soccer|
|#4||Neymar||$95.5 M||$70.5 M||$25 M||Soccer|
|#5||LeBron James||$88.2 M||$28.2 M||$60 M||Basketball|
|#6||Stephen Curry||$74.4 M||$30.4 M||$44 M||Basketball|
|#7||Kevin Durant||$63.9 M||$28.9 M||$35 M||Basketball|
|#8||Tiger Woods||$62.3 M||$2.3 M||$60 M||Golf|
|#9||Kirk Cousins||$60.5 M||$58 M||$2.5 M||Football|
|#10||Carson Wentz||$59.1 M||$55.1 M||$4 M||Football|
|#11||Tyson Fury||$57 M||$50 M||$7 M||Boxing|
|#12||Russell Westbrook||$56 M||$29 M||$27 M||Basketball|
|#13||Lewis Hamilton||$54 M||$42 M||$12 M||Auto Racing|
|#14||Rory McIlroy||$52 M||$22 M||$30 M||Golf|
|#15||Jared Goff||$49 M||$47 M||$2 M||Football|
|#16||Conor McGregor||$48 M||$32 M||$16 M||Mixed Martial Arts|
|#17||James Harden||$47.8 M||$28.8 M||$19 M||Basketball|
|#18||Giannis Antetokounmpo||$47.6 M||$19.6 M||$28 M||Basketball|
|#19||Anthony Joshua||$47 M||$36 M||$11 M||Boxing|
|#20||Deontay Wilder||$46.5 M||$46 M||$500 K||Boxing|