- 1 Highest Paid Sports Stars in the World
- 1.1 10. Shaquille O’Neal (basketball) – $735 Million
- 1.2 9. Floyd Mayweather (boxing) – $785 Million
- 1.3 8. David Beckham (football) – $800 Million
- 1.4 7. Kobe Bryant (basketball) – $800 Million
- 1.5 6. Phil Mickelson (golf) – $815 Million
- 1.6 5. Michael Schumacher (“Formula 1”) – $1 Billion
- 1.7 4. Jack Nicklaus (golf) – $1,2 Billion
- 1.8 3. Arnold Palmer (golf) – $1.4 Billion
- 1.9 2. Tiger Woods (golf) – $1.7 Billion – Richest Sportsman 2018
- 1.10 1. Michael Jordan (basketball) – $1.85 Billion (Richest Sport Man in the World)
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Highest Paid Sports Stars in the World
10. Shaquille O’Neal (basketball) – $735 Million
The 46 year old retired basketball player holds the record of being the tallest and heaviest player in the history of NBA, standing 7 ft 1 in and weighing 147kg. Playing for 6 different teams in his career span of 19 years, he has won many awards and was also nominated for the Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame in 2016 and FIBA Hall OF Fame in 2017. He was a centre player in team scoring 28,569 points; 13,099 rebounds and 2732 blocks in his career. He also won a Gold Medal in 1994 FIBA World Cup hosted in Canada and the Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta. Some of his great achievements include three times NBA Final MVP, NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Stars and other awards. A net worth of $735 million makes him one of the top paid athletes.
9. Floyd Mayweather (boxing) – $785 Million
As we all know, he is the world’s best boxer. Born on 24 February 1977, Mayweather, 41, retired with an undefeated record. Competing from 1996-2007, 2009-2015 and a one-fight comeback in 2017 against McCregor. He was ranked as the best boxer of last 25 years by ESPN in 2016. He is also referred as the most defensive boxer in the history as he has the best plus-minus ratio since CompuBox. Some major titles won by him are WBC super featherweight champion (130 lbs) WBC lightweight champion (135 lbs) WBC super lightweight champion (140 lbs) IBF welterweight champion (147 lbs) and 5 more. His name was also taken by the Guinness Book of World Records for a number of times. The boxer holds a net worth of $785 million becoming one of the richest athletes.
8. David Beckham (football) – $800 Million
A legendary footballer born in London, England on 2 May 1975 played for some great clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain. His 21 year career started with Manchester United in 1992. Transferring to Real Madrid in 2003, and his last season with PSG in 2013. He played for the national team England from 1996 till the time he retired in 2009. In 2013 he was rated as the highest paid player in the world. He is also a UNICEF UK Ambassador since 2005. He also own a club Inter-Miami CF which will start in 2020. He won many awards such as FIFA World Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and other 20 glamorous awards. Holding a net worth of $800 million, David Beckham sows up to be one of the richest person.
7. Kobe Bryant (basketball) – $800 Million
Here we are talking about another basketball player who is famous for his skills and dunk shots in basketball. He is an 18-time-all star, 15-time all NBA Team and 12-time member of all-defensive team. Started his career in 1996 with Los Angeles Lakers and retired in 2016 from the Same team. He retired in 2016 because of his knee injury and a shoulder injury. In 2003, he was accused of sexual assault, but the charges were soon dropped. The civil law suit was settled outside the court. A 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, a 2-time NBA scoring champion, Naismith Prep Player of the Year and many more. A huge net worth of $800 million makes him one of the highly paid athletes.
6. Phil Mickelson (golf) – $815 Million
A golf player, having a net worth of $815 million, is supposed to be one of the highest paid athletes. Spending over 25 years consecutively in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, he has spent more than 700 weeks in the top 10. He also has reached his career best ranking of World No. 2 and I a member of PGA Tour. He also has his name listed in the World Golf Hall OF Fame in. He has won 5 major championship in his career. He was also honored with Haskins Award in 1990, 1991, 1992. He is a 9th all time PGA Tour winner with 44 wins. Winning other 14 Tours including 10 European, 1 Challenge Tour and 3 others. The player has won 3 World Golf Championships; two in 2009 and one in 2018.
5. Michael Schumacher (“Formula 1”) – $1 Billion
A retired German Formula One racer, who created history by winning 7 Formula One World Championships in his time. He has raced for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton and Ferrari and Mercedes upon his return to Formula One racing. Of those 7 championship wins, he won 5 consecutively. After his injury in 1999, he ended his title run of 1997 and 1998. He retired in June 2006 after finishing a runner up to Renault’s Fernando Alonso. He made comeback with Mercedes in 2010 again before retiring in 2012. He is an ambassador at UNESCO and does a lot of charity and ither humanitarian efforts as well. One of the richest F1 drivers he holds a net worth of $1 billion.
4. Jack Nicklaus (golf) – $1,2 Billion
The 79 year golf player is the third all-time winner of PGA Tour Championship behind the likes of Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (80). His professional win was at the 1962 U.S Open where he defeated Palmer. Between 1971 and 1980 he won additional 9 major trophies surpassing Bobby Jones’ record of 13 major wins. In his career he has won 18 major championships. He holds his name in the World Golf Hall Of Fame (1974). He has won the Leading money winner PGA Tour for 8 times. Net worth of $1.2 billion.
3. Arnold Palmer (golf) – $1.4 Billion
Carrying a net worth of $1.4 billion he stands to be one of the richest golfers. Nicknamed as THE KING, he has won numerous events both on PGA Tour and the circuit. He is a 5th all time winner of PGA Tour having 62 wins in his name. He also has 7 major championship wins in his career. His name was also in World Golf Hall Of Fame in 1974.
2. Tiger Woods (golf) – $1.7 Billion – Richest Sportsman 2018
One of the most successful golfer of all time and the 21st century, Tiger Woods owns a net worth of $1.7 billion. He was the richest sportsman of 2018. He stood No.1 for 683 weeks before losing his top spot in May 2014. He’s a 2nd all time winner of PGA Tour with 80 wins standing just behind Sam Snead who was won 82 PGA Tours. Having won 14 major trophies, he has been among the top players of all time.
1. Michael Jordan (basketball) – $1.85 Billion (Richest Sport Man in the World)
The richest sportsman of the world, Jordan has staggering net worth of $1.85 billion. His never ending list of achievements includes 6 times NBA Championship, 6 NBA Finals MVP, a 14 time NBA All Star and so on. Scoring more than 30,000 points at an avg of 30 points per game, 5600 assists and 6600 rebounds is some mind blowing stats. His medlas include Gold at 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games, FIBA American Championship in 1992 and a gold at Pan American Championship in 1983.
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