Are you looking for the richest sportsman in the world 2019? If yes, you are in the right place. In this post, we look at the top 20 richest Athletes in the World. These are the Forbes highest paid athletes 2019. Here, you will see their kind of sports and their net worth.
Sports have been known to bring people and countries together. It is for this reason that sporting events such as the Olympics, World Cup and so on attract huge crowds as people come together to support their favourite teams and their athletes.
Athletes are often hailed as heroes by their fans, communities and countries for their victories. A lot of these athletes are paid a lot of money as part of their contracts and also through endorsement deals.
According to Wealthy Gorilla, the following people are the top 20 richest athletes in the world. Let the countdown begin.
20 Richest Athletes In The World 2019
- VINNIE JOHNSON (BASKETBALL)
Vinnie Johnson is an American retired professional basketball player. A major part of his career was spent playing for the Detroit Pistons. He retired from the sport in 1992 and the Detroit Pistons honoured him by retiring his number 15 jersey in 1994. He is worth $400 million.
- PHIL MICKELSON (GOLF)
Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He is known for his left-hand swing and has been nicknamed ‘Lefty’. He has won 44 events including five major championships. He is one of the top 50 golf players in the world and in 2012, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is worth $400 million.
- BUD SELIG (BASEBALL EXEC.)
Bud Selig is an American baseball executive who is currently the Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball. He assumed this office in 2015. Prior to this, he had served as the acting commissioner from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, he received his appointment as the 9th commissioner and served fro 1998 to 2015. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. He is worth $400 million.
- LIONEL MESSI (FOOTBALL)
Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won five Ballon d’Or awards, 34 trophies, 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies and six Copas del Rey. He is often hailed as one of the greatest footballers in the world. He is worth $400 million.
- SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (BASKETBALL)
Shaquille O’Neal is a retired professional basketball player. Through out his career, he played for different teams but spent most of it playing for the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent 8 years. He is often hailed as one of the greatest players of all time in NBA history. The last team he played for was the Boston Celtics until he retired in 2011. He is currently a sports analyst on TNT. He is worth $400 million.
- MICHAEL BUFFER (BOXING & WRESTLING)
Michael Buffer is a professional ring announcer for boxing and wrestling matches. He is best known for his catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” He has been working as a ring announcer for over 30 years. He is worth $400 million.
- LEBRON JAMES (BASKETBALL)
LeBron James is an American professional basketball player and currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won three NBA championships, three Finals MVP Awards, four NBA most valuable players Awards and two Olympic medals. With all these accomplishments, it is little wonder than many refer to him as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He is worth $400 million.
- CRISTIANO RONALDO (FOOTBALL)
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer. He currently plays for the Italian club, Juventus and is also the captain of the Portuguese national team. He has won 28 trophies in his career and is often referred to as one of the best players in the world. He is also the most followed person on Instagram with 166 million followers. He is worth $450 million.
- ROGER FEDERER (TENNIS)
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player and is currently ranked No.3 in the world for men’s singles. He has 20 grand slam titles to his name and has been referred to as one of the greatest athletes of his generation. He is worth $450 million.
- DAVID BECKHAM (FOOTBALL)
David Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. In the course of his career, he played for different teams including Manchester United and Real Madrid. He has won over 19 trophies and is worth $450 million.
- EDDIE JORDAN (RACING)
Eddie Jordan is an Irish former race car driver as well as Motorsport team boss. In 1971, he entered the Irish Kart Championship and won. He is also the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix. He is also one of the presenters of the show, Top Gear. He is worth $475 million.
- KOBE BRYANT (BASKETBALL)
Kobe Bryant is an American retired basketball player. He spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is often regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and has won several awards, including two Olympic medals. He retired from the sport in 2016. He is worth $500 million.
- FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. (BOXING)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. He remains undefeated as he has won all 50 boxing fights he has competed in. In 2016, ESPN named him as the greatest boxer, pound for pound of the last 25 years. He is worth $565 million.
- ROGER STAUBACH (AMERICAN FOOTBALL)
Roger Staubach is an American retired professional football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Dallas Cowboys for the entire duration of his career and won several awards including MVP of Super Bowl VI. He is worth $600 million.
- MAGIC JOHNSON (BASKETBALL)
Magic Johnson is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers through out his career. He has won three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals Appearances, 12 All-Star games and 10 All-NBA first and second nominations. He is worth $600 million.
- TIGER WOODS (GOLFER)
Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer. He started playing professionally at the age of 20 and has won several awards in the sport. After a series of personal issues, he won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters. In 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is worth $800 million.
- MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (RACING)
Michael Schumacher is a German retired race car river. He raced in Formula One for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton and Ferrari and also for Mercedes. He is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever. He is worth $800 million.
- MICHAEL JORDAN (BASKETBALL)
Michael Jordan is one of the richest athletes in the world 2019. He is an American retired basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Also known as MJ, he is acclaimed to be greatest player of all time. Currently, he is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He is worth $1.7 billion.
- ION TIRIAC (TENNIS & ICE HOCKEY)
Ion Tiriac is a Romanian retired tennis player and ice hockey player. He is the winner of one Grand Slam title and also competed in ice hockey at the 1964 Winter Olympics. He is one of the richest athletes in the world with a net worth of $2 billion.
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- VINCE MCMAHON (WRESTLING)
He is currently the highest paid athletes 2019. Vince McMahon is an American retired professional wrestler. He is a two-time champion as he won the WWF Championship in 1999 and the ECW World Championship in 2007. He is also a professional wrestling promoter and announcer. He is the richest athlete in the world with a net worth of $2.2 billion.Click here to see the latest Jobs opportunities in Nigeria.
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