Two of the top NBAstars, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant also find their names in the list where they are ranked fourth and sixth respectively. James has an earning of USD 53 million and Kobe USD 52.3 million. Basketball is considered to be one of the richest sports that is played across the globe, especially the NBA players are paid very handsomely. Roger Federer is the only Lawn Tennis player in the top ten list of the richest sportspersons with an earning of USD 52.7 million. His immediate rival, Nadal lies on the 16th place with 33.2 USD.
Football is also considered to be a rich sport where players are paid very well. David Beckham may well be past his prime, but his earnings still make him the richest soccer player. He had an earning of USD 46 million with most of his money coming from endorsements. He is no. 8 on the list. He is closely followed by another top footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who made an earning of USD 42.5 million.
All the mentioned players above here have proved themselves in their respective sport. Hence, they have made huge earnings, not only from their prize winnings but also endorsements. Top companies such as Nike, Reebok, etc., like to associate with such well known sportspersons.
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