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Top 10 highest paid sportsmen in the world ranked

Anirudh Menon
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Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Roger Federer 10 highest paid sportsmen world Forbes
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Roger Federer all figure prominently in the list!

Forbes has come out with another of their comprehensive lists, ranking sportsmen across the globe on the basis of their earnings (salary and winnings combined with revenue from endorsement).

We have already covered the 10 most valuable athletes on the planet - and where that is computed on the basis of brand equity and potential, this one is based on who earns more in terms of cold, hard, currency.

Here, then, are the top 10 highest paid sportsmen in the world:

#10 Lewis Hamilton

Australian F1 Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is now the undoubted star of the F1 circuit

Nationality: English (UK)

Earnings: $46 Million

Salary/Winnings: $38 Million

Endorsements: $8 Million

Major Endorsement deals: IWC, Monster Energy, L'Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Agusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products


Lewis Hamilton is the single most marketable motor-vehicle racer on the planet, with his 4th world title this year, along with the innumerable individual F1 records he holds to his name now, making him ever more popular with brands across the board.

A large majority of his earnings, though, comes from his salary (a three-year deal worth ~120 million was signed in 2016) and there's potential for growth in his endorsements portfolio

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