The highest paid athletes of the world - 2015

The highest paid athletes of the world - 2015

On June 10, American Forbes unveiled the annual ranking of the 100 highest paid athletes on the planet. For the third time in the last four years, boxer Floyd Mayweather headed the list. In the aggregate, the list participants earned in the reporting period - from June 2014 to June 2015 - $ 3.2 billion. This is 17% more than a year earlier. The assessment includes the income of athletes from professional activities and participation in sponsorship tournaments, advertising contracts and their own business ventures. The threshold for entering the rating increased from $ 17.3 million to $ 18.8 million. Participants represent 10 sports. The biggest "diaspora" on the list is baseball players - it has 27 people. More information about the leaders of the rating and its Russian and Ukrainian participants is slightly lower.

1. Floyd Mayweather
Revenue: $ 300 million
Sport: boxing
Age: 38 years old
Country: USA2
Meyweather’s astronomical by sports standards almost three times surpassed the previous record set by Tiger Woods in 2008 - $ 115 million.The reason is “the bout of the century”, which the boxer spent on May 2 against his most serious opponent, Filipino Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather, as always, won (now in his portfolio - 48 fights without a single defeat). The triumph of the American was followed by 4.4 million subscribers who bought the broadcast of the battle from the TV crews, $ 73 million to the organizers brought ticket sales, and $ 13 million came from sponsorship. The total revenue of the fight is expected to reach $ 600 million. The lion's share of this amount will go to Mayweather - only one bonus for the victory was $ 100 million. The boxer has only one fight left under the contract with the Showtime network, scheduled for September 2015. Among its main personal sponsors are the Hublot, FanDuel and Burger King brands.

2. Manny Pacquiao
Revenue: $ 160 million
Sport: boxing
Age: 36 years old
Country: Philippines3
A rare case when a boxer can only rejoice at his defeat: after losing the “fight of the century” to American Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao earned $ 125 million - five times more than his own previous record ($ 23 million). It's all about the unprecedented rush that accompanied the fight, and - as a result - a record audience that brought record profits.The Filipino, who is close to completing a career in the ring, continues to have contracts with Nike, Foot Locker, Wonderful Pistachios, Butterfinger and other brands. At home, one of the most promising global markets, the boxer remains a super popular media figure.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Revenue: $ 79.6 million
Sport: football
Age: 30 years old
Country: Portugal4
The three-time current holder of the Golden Ball has scored at least 60 goals in four tournaments in all the tournaments in which his club, Real Madrid, has played for four years in a row. For the phenomenal performance of the Portuguese earns more than $ 50 million a year in the form of wages, and the rest earns on sponsorship agreements. And Ronaldo is not going to slow down at least until 2018, when his contract with the “royal” club expires. He also holds the status of the world's most popular athlete - thanks to 102 million followers on Facebook and 35 million followers on Twitter.

4. Lionel Messi
Revenue: $ 73.8 million
Sport: football
Age: 27 years old
Country: Argentina5
The newly-baked Champions League winner beat his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the football field, but did not catch up with the Portuguese in a commercial contest.Despite this, Messi noticeably strengthened his financial backs, renewing his contract with Barcelona with an increase in salary of $ 9 million. Until 2018, the Argentinean will receive at least $ 50 million a year. Messi continues to make football history, one after another subverting bombing records in the Spanish championship and in the Champions League. His igrotsky genius is highly appreciated by advertisers, among which are Samsung, Adidas and others.

5. Roger Federer
Revenue: $ 67 million
Sport: tennis
Age: 33 years
Country: Switzerland6
Despite veteran status, the Swiss athlete remains inaccessible to his younger colleagues in the tennis workshop. It’s all the fault of Federer’s incredible demand among respectable advertisers, who highly value the impeccable reputation of the triumphant Grand Slam tournaments.

6. Lebron James
Revenue: $ 64.8 million
Sport: Basketball
Age: 30 years old
Country: USA7
LeBron James is the main star of the NBA and a powerful personal brand to which the world's leading companies that actively exploit the image of a basketball player in their promotions stick — Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Beats by Dre and others. At Miami Heat, a four-time MVP championship gets over $ 40 million per season.His personalized sneakers in the Nike lineup are some of the undisputed bestsellers of the sport outfitter.

7. Kevin Durant
Revenue: $ 54.1 million
Sport: Basketball
Age: 26 years old
Country: USA8
Another NBA star in the top 10, Durant rose high in the rankings due to a new contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder club and a major advertising agreement with Nike.

8. Phil Mickelson
Revenue: $ 50.8 million
Sport: Golf
Age: 44 years
Country: USA9

9. Tiger Woods
Revenue: $ 50.6 million
Sport: Golf
Age: 39 years
Country: USA11

10. Kobe Bryant
Revenue: $ 49.5 million
Sport: Basketball
Age: 36 years old
Country: USA12

26. Maria Sharapova
Revenue: $ 29.7 million
Sport: tennis
Age: 28 years old
Country Russia13
After a series of injuries, the Russian tennis player in 2014 finally fully returned to the court to win her fifth title in Grand Slam tournaments, having won the French Open. Sport is not the main source of income for Sharapova, although the figure of $ 6.7 million in prize money is almost three times more than a year earlier. Tennis players are still loved by advertisers, including Nike, Avon, Samsung, Tag Heuer and Evian. The production of sweets under the personal brand Sharapova Sugarpova is also successfully developing. Over the year, sales have doubled - more than 3 million packages of the product have been sold worldwide.

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