Top 10 highest paid sportsmen in the world ranked
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Roger Federer - all of them feature prominently as ever in Forbes' list of 10 highest paid sportsmen
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
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