Sport has astronomical financial statistics. The world’s most well-paid athletes earn tens of millions of dollars per year. While salaries, such as an NBA supermax contract or a footballer’s monthly wage, get the most attention, many of the most prominent sports players make a significant percentage of their money via endorsements or other commercial activities. Anyone who is even remotely interested in sports will recognize the top ten highest-paid athletes on the planet in 2021.
Conor McGregor, one of the most well-known UFC fighters, has been named the wealthiest athlete globally by Forbes for the year 2021. In all honesty, ‘The Notorious’ was probably a foregone conclusion, but his earnings picked up again when his fight with Poirier got scheduled again. The Irishman is a well-known character among UFC betting enthusiasts, and he is deserving of his place on the list of the highest-paid sportsmen in 2021. Sport is a field that provides a lot to its players, and Conor McGregor is one of the many athlete millionaires in this world.
Lionel Messi has had to settle for second or third place in most years in the past, despite being the highest earner in the 2010s. Despite a public feud with Barcelona’s hierarchy, all of that changed in 2019, when his pay and endorsements skyrocketed. For 2021, he reclaimed his position as the second-highest-paid athlete on the Forbes wealthy list, with only Conor McGregor earning more. Messi now has the most Ballon d’Or awards, and he is as influential at PSG as he has ever been. Messi, who is in his late thirties, is still one of the most spectacular forwards in football history who will now make new records with PSG.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five Ballons d’Or and several other individual awards, was named Footballer of the Year for 2019. Ronaldo has been financially superior to Messi for much of his career, with nearly $10 million in endorsement earnings, but he will have to settle for third place in 2021. Long-time rivals have always been at the top of Forbes’ list, but a new sports player has risen to the top of the highest-paid rankings, and it is no other than Conor McGregor.
Despite missing the entire season due to injury, Dak Prescott is ranked fourth on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in 2021, and his expensive deal for the year made him the highest-paid NFL player on the list. Prescott’s contract and several endorsements and sponsorship deals netted him at $107.5 million, yet his injury cost the Dallas Cowboys the NFC East title. According to the latest reports, Prescott is expected to return in time for the 2021 NFL season, and the world’s fourth highest-paid athlete will hopefully be able to justify his astronomical contract in the following months.
James’ $53 million in endorsements is second only to Federer on this list to go along with his maximum contract with the famous Los Angeles Lakers. The four-time MVP endured his worst season in 2019, missing the playoffs for the first time since his first tenure in Cleveland due to a groin injury on Christmas Day. The Lakers provided him with a fellow All-Star when they traded for Anthony Davis during the summer months, so that was good news.
According to many, Neymar’s 2020 earnings reflect his status as the best non-Messi, non-Ronaldo player in the world. He’s a player who stirs up controversy. Many people dislike Neymar because of his diving antics. His choice to move to Paris to form his own team and accept these exorbitant salaries has left him in an ambiguous position in the sport. His numbers are still incredible (about 1.5 goals per match in Ligue 1), but PSG’s Champions League disappointments have hurt Neymar’s reputation in the sport.
Roger Federer, the greatest tennis player of all time, earns an astonishing amount of money through his sport and global brand partnerships. The amount of money he makes from endorsements is by far the highest on this list. Federer is incredibly marketable; he is widely popular and has been at the pinnacle of his sport for nearly two decades. Federer’s 2020 tennis season has been written off, but despite his age, he is still capable of holding his fort against the finest tennis players in the world.
Lewis Hamilton has gone from one athletic icon to another, becoming the most successful driver in Formula One history. In 2021, Hamilton will attempt to break the all-time record for Formula One world championship. Lewis Hamilton is well-known. You don’t have to be an expert in Formula One to recognize the British driver, and he will go down in history as one of the country’s finest athletes. He is the sole Britton on Forbes’ list of the world’s wealthiest athletes for 2021.
Tom Brady, 43, has had a memorable year in the year 2021. Even though the greatest quarterback in NFL history had abandoned the New England Patriots, the 2020 season finished with Brady winning the Super Bowl. Brady, who is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is one of the most famous athletes in the world, with firms vying to sign the NFL star to promote and advertise their products all over the world.
After an injury as bad as Durant’s, only a few players receive a lucrative contract that stirs up the news. Durant missed most of the 2019 NBA playoffs before returning in the Finals and sustaining an injury that forced him to miss not only the series but the entire season. A few days later, he said his goodbyes to northern California, signing a term contract with the Brooklyn Nets with his close friend Kyrie Irving.
It’s no secret that players are well-paid for their skills and talents. Since day one, the athletes mentioned above have been the best in their fields and earned everything to be on this list of highest-paid athletes.