The four richest sportsmen of all time! - Polytan
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The four richest sportsmen of all time!

Becoming a professional sportsman is not an easy task and it comes with many challenges. It’s achieved through years of hard training and dedication towards the craft.

It does, however, present itself with many perks. High financial remuneration in professional sporting has presented high-flying sportsmen and women with very comfortable, luxurious lives. Some have even made it to the Forbes rich list.

Floyd Mayweather:

Floyd Mayweather is a former American professional boxer. His fight against Conor McGregor earned him the biggest paycheck in sporting history, allowing him to take home a record $285 million in one night, including around $10 million in endorsements. Mayweather’s most recent fights have won him over $1.7 billion in pay-per-view revenue from 23 million paying customers.

Lionel Messi:

Messi is a professional Argentine footballer and plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona. Barcelona has offered him $30 million a year to stay at the club until at least 2022 which will make him the highest earning sportsman in Europe. On top of his football contract, Messi has signed a $50 million a year contract with Adidas. He also has a number of other endorsement deals in different niches. At just 31 years of age, Messi is said to be worth over $400 million.

LeBron James:

LeBron James is a professional American basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the second highest sportsman in the world. LeBron has a net worth of approximately $400 million. He collected $48 million in endorsement deals in 2016, before signing his lifetime deal with Nike. James has created another $100 million over the next three seasons with his new contract for the Cavaliers.

Tiger Woods:

Tiger Woods is widely considered the world’s richest professional golfer. As of April 2019, Forbes has calculated his net worth to be $780 million, making him America’s seventh richest celebrity. Since turning professional in 1996, Woods has turned over a whopping $1.5 billion with 90 per cent of his earnings coming from endorsements and appearance fees from Nike, Gatorade, AT&T, Buick, Upper Deck, Rolex and others throughout the years. In 2018, he signed a multiyear contract with the Discovery’s streaming service GolfTV.
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