The purpose of sports and games is no more confined merely to the physical fitness and strength. With the evolving trends and commercialization of everything in the modern world, sports and games have become a great source of earning popularity and huge sums of money. Those individuals who present great talents at national level are then honored to play at the international level. At this highly competitive level, all the athletes find themselves in great competition with each other and strive best to rule their particular games. Those who perform really better are not only privileged with fame all around the world, but they also earn great profits as well. This article is an attempt to familiarize our readers about the highest paid athletes in 2013. These athletes do not belong only to some particular game, rather are included from all sports and games played at the international level. Following is the list of top 10 highest paid athletes in 2013. This ranking is strictly based on the criteria of their earnings during the recent times.
10. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning is at the 10th position on our list of top 10 highly paid athletes in 2013. He is one of the finest players of American Football. He has signed a contract with Denver Broncos. With the salary/winnings of $32.4 million and endorsements of $10 million, Peyton Manning receives the total money of $42.4 million.
9. Christiano Ronaldo
One of the most famous athletes of the world, Christiano Ronaldo is a great player of football. He has got speed, control and ability to dodge any other player in the field. Through his consistent performances, Ronaldo has earned great fame and money in recent years. He is paid $42.5 million, which includes salary of $20.5 million and endorsements of $20 million. He is one of the leading contractors with Nike.
8. David Beckham
David Beckham has the honor of leading England’s national football team as a captain. He is one of the most famous personalities of England and is highly loved by millions of fans around the world. He is paid with $46 million. Majority of his money come from the endorsements, as big investors and advertising agencies tend to approach him for the publicity of their products. These endorsements are of worth $37 million, whereas his salary is just $9 million.
7. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson is one of the finest players of golf of prevailing times. He has a long list of achievements against his name which include many big titles as well. With the total worth of $47.8 million, Phil Mickelson is the 7th highest paid athlete in 2013. This money includes the salary of just $4.8 million, whereas the endorsements of $43 million.
6. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant, one of the most thrilling players of Basketball, has presented brilliant skills in NBA matches recently. He is paid with total income of $52.3 which includes the salary plus winning allowances of $20.3 million and the endorsements of $32 million. With this huge amount of money against his name, Kobe Bryant is regarded as the 6th highest paid athlete in 2013.
5. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is undoubtedly a legendary name in the game of tennis. He is often called as the record breaker who has got the highest number of grand slams against his name. Roger Federer belongs to Switzerland. This gentleman is being paid with $52.7 million, which includes the salary of $7.7 million and endorsements of $45 million. His contract with the Rado, a watch making company, helps him earn a great deal of money.
4. LeBron James
LeBron James holds the 4th position on our list of top 10 highest paid athletes in 2013. LeBron is famous his aggressive action of game which horrifies the opponents. With the figure of $53 million, which includes the salary of $13 million and endorsements of $40 million, LeBron James is regarded as the highly paid athlete in 2013.
3. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is a name which really needs no introduction in the field of golf. There is no major title of Golf which Tiger Woods has not won. By virtue of his achievements and immense popularity, Tiger Woods manages to earn $59.4 million. However, his salary constitutes only $4.4 million, whereas the great amount of endorsements worth $55 million help him to be regarded as the 3rd highest paid athlete in 2013.
2. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao, with the pay of $62 million, is the 2nd highest paid athlete in 2013. His salary is $56 million, whereas endorsements constitute only $6 million in his total earnings. He is a great boxer who really gives a very tough time to all the opponents of the boxing world. He has got power, fitness, skills and stamina which help him in a great deal to win major matches.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is undoubtedly the highest paid athlete in the world and is rightfully at the top of our list. He is an aggressive boxer and is a sign of danger for any opponent in the world. It is interesting to note that the total earnings of Floyd Mayweather come solely from his salary and winnings, and no income come for him from endorsements. Still he is at the top of our list of top 10 highest paid athletes in 2013.