There are tons of different athletes in different sports and in every sport there are “top tier” players, but do they get paid the most? All sports pay large sums of money but the top paying sports are football, basketball, boxing, soccer, tennis, and golf. The main reason why they get paid so much is because of all the money the team/company accumulates from ticket sales. However, some sports like tennis and golf earn most of their money from winning or from endorsements.
One of the highest paid athletes is Cristiano Ronaldo with a salary of $56 million and $32 million from endorsements. His salary is so high because he is arguably one of the best players. He also has made $32 million in endorsements. Lionel Messi comes in at a close second. He has a salary of $53.4 million and has made $28 million in endorsements.
All athletes get paid good money for the time and effort they put into playing to the best of their ability. A lot of the highest paid athletes mainly are up their because their highly paid endorsements. They get paid more in endorsements because of how popular and known they are.