Below is the current list of the top ten highest paid sportsmen in the world. These are men who earn more in a day than most mere mortals earn in a year! And before you think about getting on your politically-correct high horse and wonder why it’s not called ‘highest paid sportspeople’ it’s because the top ten highest paid athletes are all men – hence ‘sportsmen’. This list changes each year and there are some obvious ones in there, but some that just may surprise you!
26 year old Argentine footballer (soccer player if you’re American) Lionel Messi plays for Spanish club Barcelona on a contract that will pay him more than $20 million each year until at least 2018. But that’s not his only source of income – he will make even more each year from endorsements!
Total Earnings: $41.3 million
Salary/winnings: $20.3 million
Endorsements (e.g. sponsorships): $21 million