Sport has over the last decade become a one of the highest paying venture across the world, with sportsmen living an enviable life thanks to the millions in the industry.
From football to basketball, tennis to golf, men and women in these fields have accumulated enormous wealth and continue to dominate lists of richest people across the world.
We look at the top 10 richest sportsmen in the world.
10. Rafael Nadal- $125 million (estimated Sh12.5 billion)
In his few years as a professional tennis player, he has mounted new heights with the 10 Grand Slam titles, World Number One Title, 6 French Open titles and an Olympic gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With major endorsements like Nike and Bacardi under his belt, he has made a lot of money. It is notable that he earns 4.5 million USD for each match he plays.
9. Phil Mickelson- $180 million (estimated Sh18 billion)
Phil Alfred Mickelson is an American professional Golf player. He has won 43 championships on the PGA Tour, including four noteworthy titles: three Masters Titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.
8. Lionel Messi- $218 million (estimated Sh21.9 billion)
He is an Argentine expert football player who plays as forward for Barcelona and Argentina national group. He is the main player to win 3 European Golden Shoes.
In Barcelona group, he has won 8 La Liga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League titles.
7. Manny Pacquiao- $250 million (estimated Sh25 billion)
He is one of the best boxers ever and won nine world titles. He is identified as the main contender against Floyd Mayweather in professional boxing.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo- $280 million (estimated Sh28 billion)
He is a Portuguese professional football player who plays as forward for Juventus, having joined this season and Portuguese National group. He is the only player to win 4 European Golden shoes.
In 2009 he exchanged from Manchester United to Real Madrid with the value of $132 million.
5. LeBron James- $300 million (estimated Sh30 billion)
Standing 6 ft 8 inches tall, LeBron James is an American expert Basketball player. James has won 3 times NBA Champion titles, and 3 times NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 12 times NBA All-Star title, 4 times NBA Most Valuable Player title, 2 times Mr. Basketball USA and many more titles.
4. Roger Federer- $320 million (estimated Sh32 billion)
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently positioned World No. 3 in the Association of Tennis Professionals. He also holds the record of reaching Wimbledon final ten times and each Grand Slam final at least 5 times.
3. Kobe Bryant- $320 million (estimated Sh32 billion)
He is one of the greatest players of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has 5 NBA Champion titles, 2 times NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 18 times NBA All-Star and many more titles under his belt. He is the all-time leading scorer for Los Angeles Lakers.
2. Floyd Mayweather- $620 million (estimated Sh62.5 billion)
He is an American former professional boxer, considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all-time. He has had an undefeated professional career with 23 wins by Knockout out of 49 victories.
1. Tiger Woods- $700 million (estimated Sh70.5 billion)
Eldrick Tont ‘Tiger’ Woods is an American professional Golf player who is considered to be one of the greatest Golfers ever. He has won PGA Player of the Year, for record eleven times. He is the youngest golfer to achieve the career Grand slam and the fastest player to win 50 tournaments on tour.
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