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Glory and fabulous fees. Who made the top ten richest athletes in history?

Big sports has long been a field in which large sums are invested. The fabulous money is spent on equipment, organizing competitions, transfers, building stadiums and, of course, athletes' fees. By the way, the latest payments are increasing significantly thanks to advertising contracts and deals with sponsors. Which athlete has earned the most in history? The championship decided to find an answer to this question. Hopefully the numbers won't make you dizzy.

Glory and fabulous fees. Who made the top ten richest athletes in history?

Their name is a brand. Who has Forbes named the most expensive athletes in the world?

Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the first place. And not even the second.

10. Magic Johnson

Sports: Basketball.
Amount: $ 600 million

Back in 1981 Magic signed a contract with the Lakers for $ 25 million - this was a record at that time. However, after the end of his career, Johnson became even more rich. He invested the money he earned as a basketball player in a number of businesses. Including bought about 5% of the Lakers, and also invested in cinemas, fitness clubs, restaurants and even his own satellite channel.

9. Roger Federer

Sports: tennis.
Amount: $ 640 million

Has received over 100 million in prize money, but more importantly, Federer has already become an elite brand himself. Rolex, Mercedes, Moet & Chandon, Lindt collaborate with him, and until 2018 the main outfitter of the athlete was Nike. After that, the tennis player signed a contract with Uniqlo. It was reported that Roger will receive $ 300 million from the Japanese brand over 10 years. However, later it was reported that only $ 100 million. And this despite the fact that Federer will soon end his career.

8. Lionel Messi

Sports: Football.
Amount: $ 750 million

Messi is the highest paid soccer player in the world. According to Forbes, the Barcelona captain receives $ 92 million a year from his latest contract. And this is only from the club, and there are also advertising agreements. In principle, Leo could himself support some club from the Spanish championship.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

Sports: football.
Amount: $ 800 million

Ronaldo receives less from Juventus: $ 65 million - salary with bonuses. But it works better with sponsors. The Portuguese is the leader in the number of followers on Instagram and Facebook. Last year alone, he earned $ 49 million on his account.Add a contract with Nike for 10 years, according to which Cristiano receives either $ 18 million a year (according to Football Leaks), or $ 24 million (according to The Sunday Times).

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6. Tiger Woods

Sports: golf.
Amount: $ 800 million

He doesn't even need to constantly participate in tournaments, which is not the case with Messi and Ronaldo. The most famous golfer in the world makes more money from advertising than from sports. Since 2002, for 10 years, he remained the highest paid athlete in the world. In his best years, Woods received over $ 100 million a year.

5. Floyd Mayweather

Sports: boxing.
Amount: $ 915 million

Highest paid athlete of the last decade. Just to understand: Mayweather in one night, when the fight with McGregor took place, earned $ 275 million. This is more than Messi, Ronaldo and LeBron James in the same 2017 - $ 259 million for three. In 2015, Floyd received $ 240 million after defeating Pacquiao. It is no longer appropriate to talk about the $ 30 million earned from advertising over a career, according to Forbes.

4. Michael Schumacher

Sports: Motorsport (Formula 1).
Amount: $ 1 billion

Schumacher's fortune is now estimated at a lower amount, but at its peak it reached a billion. Schumacher made $ 50 million a year even when he was not racing. Shell paid him $ 10 million a year just for wearing a cap with the company's logo.

3. Ion Cyriac

Sports: tennis.
Amount: $ 1.2 billion

This state of affairs was created by Cyriacus through entrepreneurship, not tennis. Although sport was the first stage of his business. After the end of his career, he managed the financial affairs of another tennis player, Ilie Nastase, was an intermediary in the conclusion of Boris Becker's contracts with clothing brands, and also helped many other athletes, including Marat Safin. Then Ion opened a bank, invested in an insurance company, car dealerships, airlines and energy. He also created the first sports channel in Romania.

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2. Michael Jordan

Sports: Basketball.
Amount: $ 2.1 billion

Jordan didn’t make a lot of money directly from basketball. Advertising brought him more money. Especially the collaboration with Nike and the creation of the Nike Jordan brand, which dominates the basketball market.boomers in the USA. Separately, it should be said that in 2010 Michael bought shares of the Charlotte club, and in 2013 he brought the share to 90%. The team is now worth about a billion dollars.

1. Vince McMahon

Sports: Wrestling.
Amount: $ 3.2 billion

He was a pro wrestler and then promoted the sport to an incredible level. At the beginning of the 20th century, it seemed that the audience's interest in fights, where wrestling was combined with work for the public, had gone. McMahon relaunched the tournaments as CEO and Chairman of the Board of WWE, a company that deals with wrestling performances around the world, as well as movies, music, clothing and computer games. Vince created an interest in wrestling and then monetized it.

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