These athletes put their heart and soul on the line to reach the pinnacle of success. In sports, if you work hard and have the right skill and talent, there is no one can stop you. This consistent performance, one is sure to achieve the celebrity status and there won’t be any dearth of flow of money. If you are passionate about any sports, you should definitely pursue it keeping these greatest athletes as inspiration. Every year, this list of richest athletes in the world keeps changing which means new athletes are coming up and you never know who will be next.
Most of the athletes have a rather short career if you compare with the career in other professional fields. This gives them the scope to enjoy a lavishing life after retirement which is generally around 35 to 40 years. If you are curious to know how much money an athlete can make in his short span of the career, the following list of top 10 richest athletes in the world as of 2018 is what you need to go through and blow your mind.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo: $400 million
Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world as present ahead of Lionel Messi. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo does not require any introduction, he is a Portuguese footballer and plays for Real Madrid. He is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time. He has the highest number of Ballon d’Or Award to his name and the one player to get four European Golden shoes. He has been featured as the highest-paid and most famous athlete in the world several times in his career. Apart from football, he has made several significant investments in various startups and has his own line of products under the CR7 brand. All these amount to his $400 million net worth.
9. Roger Federer: $450 Million
Roger Federer is currently the No.1 ranked male tennis player in the world and may go down in the history as the best tennis player of all time. He is from Sweden and has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles which is the highest by any male tennis player in the world. Apart from the prize money he gets when he wins the titles, he is one of the most sought-after athletes in the world when it comes to endorsement world. He is the face of not only the popular Swiss companies but also various international brands that originated in other countries. With $450 million net worth, he breaks into this list in 2018.
8. Eddie Jordan: $475 Million
Eddie Jordan is a former Irish professional motorsport player. He is a multi-talented person as he established himself as a musician, TV personality, and most importantly as a businessman. He is the founder of Jordan Grand Prix and he gave the break to Michael Schumacher in Formula 1. His racing career was short lived and he became a team manager and a mentor. He was a prominent pundit for BBC World breaking inside stories before they were even confirmed. He owns multiple companies partially or fully all of which led to his assets $475 million net worth .
7. Roger Staubach: $600 Million
Roger Staubach is a former American NFL player. He earned the title of the most valuable player in Super Bowl VI when he led his team the Cowboys to victory. Roger was in the U.S. Naval Force in his early career. He is one of the only four players to win both Super Bowl MVP and Heisman Trophy. After retirement with 20 concussions, Roger became a real estate businessman. The real estate giant The Staubach Company was later sold at $613 million. He also has a clothing retail business and is into politics actively. He has accumulated a wealth of $600 million and holds the seventh position in the list.
6. Magic Johnson: $600 Million
Magic Johnson is a former American basketball player. He played for the Lakers and he had many ups and downs in his professional career whereby he took several breaks in between. He has the highest average assists and won three NBA MVP Awards. He is the founder of the Magic Johnson Enterprises which is into many sectors. He is a part-owner of the Lakers and he has invested in many business ventures. He has a net worth of $600 million which makes him one of the richest sportsman in the world in 2018.
5. Floyd Mayweather: $700 Million
Floyd Mayweather is a former American boxer and is one of the most successful and richest boxers of all time. He is the record holder of being the best defensive boxer, most accurate boxer, and highest plus-minus ratio. He is a prize fighter and most of his income came from his fights and their prize money. In his last fight with McGregor, he earned nearly $300 million which allowed him to break into the list with a net worth of $700 million.
4. Tiger Woods: $740 Million
Tiger Woods is an American golfer who will go down in the history as the most successful, controversial and richest golfer of all time. He has been the top-ranked golfer for 264 weeks from 1999 to 2004 and for 281 weeks for 2005 to 2010. Tiger has won 14 major golf championships and the youngest player in the game to win Grand Slam. He also has three Grand Slam titles which are the highest till date. During the peak time of his career, he was the most popular athletes to get featured in magazines and endorsements. He is the founder of Tiger Woods Design for teaching golf courses. He has $740 million net worth and after all the controversies in his personal life and taking time off from his professional life.
3. Michael Schumacher: $800 Million
Michael Schumacher is a former German Formula One driver. He was the racing driver for Ferrari, Mercedes, Benetton, and made his debut with Jordan Grand Prix. Schumacher is considered to be one of the richest racing drivers of all time. He still holds the record of winning the most number of World Championship title. He also has highest Grand Prix wins and most race wins in one season. He was one of the most popular faces on advertisement segment among other celebrities across the world. He has made a fortune of $800 million which makes him the third richest sportsman in the world till date. He suffered a life-threatening skiing accident and correctly rehabilitating.
2. Ion Tiriac: $1.24 Billion
Ion Tiriac is a former Romanian professional tennis cum ice hockey player. He may not be as popular to the world as other athletes on the list but he is the winner of one grand slam title and regularly featured among top 10 players in his time. Post sports career, he became a sports agent, coach, and manager. Soon, he became a popular businessman in German and Romania. He opened the first private bank in his country. Following the success of his bank, he ventured into auto leasing, dealership, airlines, insurance, retail business and all these contributed to his mammoth wealth of $1.24 net worth. He is the first Romanian billionaire to break into Forbes’ list in 2007.
1. Michael Jordan: $1.65 Billion
Michael Jordan is a retired American professional basketball player. He played professional basketball for 15 seasons at a stretch for teams Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He was extremely popular for his leaping abilities and hence, he was referred to as Air Jordan. He had been the face of various international brands starting from Nike to McDonald’s. He also has his own Jordan Brand for sports goods and clothing line all of which contributed to his enormous wealth of $1.65 billion net worth making him the richest Richest Sportsman in The World in 2018. He is the first NBA player to become a billionaire.