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The entertainment industry is one of glitz and glamour, and it is hugely lucrative. Sports, in particular, are very well-paying. The highest paid sports stars are among the richest people in the world. Every year, several lists are published to evaluate the worth of the players. One of the most popular among such list is that of Forbes “Rich List”.

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These lists support the fact that athletes are among the highest paid entertainers in the world. Be it the salary from the games, the prize money they get, or the amounts they receive from their endorsement deals, the amounts they earn is huge. Each game and each tournament help the players make large sums of money.here we are going to introduce you to top 10 Highest Paying Sports in the World.

Highest Paying Sports in the World

10. Cycling

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

Charles Minthorn Murphy in 1899 became the first cyclist to cover a mile in under a minute which earned him the nickname “Mile-a-Minute Murphy”. Since the innovation of cycles and other human-powered vehicles, cycling is counted among one of the most active sports in the world. There are many cycling tournaments that are considered among the highest paying event on the planet earth. Besides huge income in the form of the tournament earnings, the famous cyclists also get good amounts of money from their endorsers. Legendary cyclist and one of the most controversial athletes of modern days Lance Armstrong achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2010 with a total income of $28 million.

9. Baseball

Highest Paying Sports in the World

Highest Paying Sports in the World

Sports columnist Jayson Stark once stated about baseball that it is “a unique paragon of American culture” as it still remains one of the major sports of the United States. It has more than 2.1 million participants in the United States. With great number of viewership of MLB, the participants are counted among the highest earning athletes in the modern world. American baseball player Cecil Fielder first achieved the 8th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1993 with a total income of $12.7 million. Alex Rodriguez achieved the 7th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2003 with a total income of $26 million and again achieved the 9th place in 2004 with a total income of $26.2 million and in 2011 with $35 million total income.

8. Ice Hockey

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

The fast-paced physical sport, Ice Hockey, is often cited the nickname “The Fastest Game on Earth”. Ice hockey is widely known as one of the highest paying sports in the world as the participants have frequently achieved decent positions in the Forbes list of Richest Players. Legendary ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky achieved the 5th place in the list in 1994 with a total income of $13.5 million. He again achieved the 10th place in the list in 1995 with a total income of $14.5 million. Canadian ice hockey player Joe Sakic achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1997 with a total income of 17.9 million. Russian international ice hockey player Sergei Federov achieved the 3rd place in the list in 1998 with $29.8 million total income.

7. Tennis

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

Tennis is one of the most popular recreational sports and is played by millions worldwide. WTA tours are counted among the highest paying tournaments in the world as the tennis players have frequently achieved positions in the Forbes list of Richest Players. Legendary tennis player Andre Agassi achieved the 6th place in the list in 1992 with a total income of $11 million. Jim Courier achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1993 with a total income of $12.6 million. Recent days’ legendary tennis star Roger Federer achieved the 6th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2008 with $35 million total income, in 2010 with $43 million total income and again in 2013 with $71.5 million total income.

6. Soccer

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

English football player David Beckham first achieved the 8th place in the Forbes list in 2004 with a total income of $28 million. He again achieved the 7th place in the list in 2005 with a total income of $32.5 million and achieved the 6th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2007 with $33 million. Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho achieved the 9th place in the list in 2007 with $31million. David Beckham again achieved the 2nd place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2008 with a total income of $50 million. Last year, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the 2nd place in the 2014 Forbes list of richest players with a total income of $80 million. Another legendary Argentine footballer Lionel Messi also achieved the 4th place in the list last year with a total income of $64.7 million.

5. American Football

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

American Football is also counted as one of the highest paying sports in the world as the players frequently achieved position in the Forbes list of Richest Players. Joe Montana first achieved the 7th place in the Forbes list in 1992 with a total income of $9.5 million. American Football player Deion Sanders achieved the 3rd place in the list in 1995 with a total income of $22.5 million. Famous NFL participant Peyton Manning achieved the 3rd place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2004 with $42 million. Michael Vick achieved the 4th place in the list in 2005 with $37.5 million. Another famous NFL star, Tom Brady, achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2006 with a total income of $29 million.

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4. Golf

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

Legendary golfer and one of the most successful athletes of any genre, Tiger Woods, still holds the history of achieving the first place in Forbes list of Richest Players, a record eleven times. He topped the Forbes list in 2002 with $69 million, in 2003 with $78 million, in 2004 with $80.3 million, in 2005 with $87 million, in 2006 with $90 million, in 2007 with $100 million, in 2008 with $115 million, in 2009 with $110 million, in 2010 with $105 million, in 2011 with $75 million and again in 2013 with a total income of $78.1 million. Long before Tiger Woods’ achievements, Jack Nickalus achieved the 3rd place in the list of richest players by Forbes in 1994 with $14.8 million and the same year Arnold Palmer also achieved the 4th place in the list with a total income of $13.6 million.

3. Auto Racing

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

Many events of auto racing such as the Grand Prix of Formula1 or Nascar are considered among the highest paying events in the sports universe. The involvement of risks is compromised by great winning amounts and several endorsements of reputed brands. F1 legend Michael Schumacher achieved the first place of the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1999 with a total income of $49 million and again achieved the same in 2000 with $59 million. Long before that, Auto Racing driver Ayrton Senna achieved the 3rd place of Forbes list of Richest Players in 1992 with $22 million and the same year Nigel Mansell also achieved the 4th place in the list with a total income of $14.5 million.

2. Boxing

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

One of the most dangerous sports of modern days, boxing, is also counted among the very best paying sporting event. Well-known boxers earn huge amounts as their tournament prize money as they also get good amounts of profit from Pay-Per-View commissions, betting and endorsements. Legendary boxer Mike Tyson first topped the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1991 with $28.6 million and repeated the same in 1996 with a total income of $75 million. Former international boxer Evander Holyfield topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with $60.5 million in 1992. After a short break as a contribution of the boxer in the Forbes list of Richest Players, Floyd Mayweather topped the list with $85 million income in 2012 and again achieved the first place in 2014 with $105 million income.

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1. Basketball

Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World

Famous basketball tournaments such as the NBA are well known as some of the highest paying events of the world. The participants get huge amounts of salary from their respected teams, as they also earn in millions from numerous of their endorsements. They have their signature shoes and jerseys to boost their yearly income. Basketball player Michael Jordan tops the Forbes list of Richest Players with $35.9 million in 1992, $36.0 million in 1993, $30.01 million in 1994, $43.9 million in 1995, $78.3 million in 1997 and $69 million in 1998. Another legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal achieved the 6th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players with $15.2 million in 1993 and again achieved the 2nd place in the list with $16.7 million in 1994.

Sports can indeed make an athlete wealthy and famous. This is the reason why so many people want to try their luck at a sporting career. However, it takes more than luck and the desire to get rich and famous to become a good sportsperson, and it is only when an athlete becomes really good at the sport he chooses and is completely dedicated to making great contributions to the sport that he can gain fame and money. While sports can be very lucrative, they can also be very challenging.

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