Sports is considered one of the best entertainment in the World and it would very hard to find someone who actually does not like sports. Basically, sports are not just the part of the recreation of the body and mind but also it is a way of living through the earning. Some people used to take sports as the entertainment but some others are taking it as the professional level and they used to earn through the sports. To speak the truth, people from around the World are simply crazy about sports and they used to travel across the continents to enjoy their favourite sports as well as athletes. A sportsman used to earn much more than a CEO of any company in recent time. However, today we would like to talk about the top 10 highest paying sports in the World.
Top 10 Highest Paying Sports
Those who used to participate in sports is called sportsman or athlete and they have shining careers and exorbitant salaries. In recent time, there are plenty of sports where each of them is playing in national as well as international level. The international competitions are more significant and a big source of income. In recent time, the sports industry is very glamorous and lucrative.
Sports are very well paying now and the top paid sportsmen are currently holding the position among the richest people in the World now. In every year, several lists of sportsman’s net worth used to get published. But our today’s topic is to find out the top 10 highest paying sports in the World. Nowadays, some sports are very popular with having highest earning and now, we are going to share the details of the top 10 highest paying sports details below so far.
# 10. Cycling –
Cycling is also called a bicycling or biking which is a sport, transport, recreation and exercise as well. The game is considered the most attractive and active sport to enjoy. In 1899, the first cyclist Charles Minthorn Murphy covered a mile in under a minute and so, he was nicknamed as “Mile-a-Minute Murphy”.
Since the innovation of cycles, it is counted as one of the most decent and active sports in the World. The cycle was introduced in the 19th century and since then along with some general users, some used to take cycling to earn money. There are several cycling tournaments used to take place every year in different countries. And they are also regarded as the highest paying competition in the World.
Tour de France is an international cycling competition and every season, it has awarded to its winners a huge amount of money. Besides, a renowned cyclist used to earn quite big from his endorsement deals so far. Lance Armstrong who is a legendary cyclist and according to Forbes 2010, he was achieved the 9th position of richest players list with a total income of $28 million.
# 9. Baseball –
Baseball is a game between two teams where a team bowls and other team bats. It is the national game of the United States of America and baseball is played there a lot. The game has 2.1 million participants in the United States and with the great number of audiences or Major League Baseball (MLB), the participants are generally counted among the highest earning athletes in the World nowadays.
So, baseball is considered one of the highest paying sports in the World now.The game baseball was first played in England in the 18th century and since the beginning the participants of the game used to be paying with a handsome amount of salary. USA baseball player Cecil Fielder was ranked 8th in position considering Forbes richest players in 1993 first and his income was $12.7 million total.
Alex Rodriguez was ranked the 7th position in 2003 with $26 million total income and ranked 9th position in 2004 with $26.2 million earnings. Besides, he was also placed in 2011 with $35 million total income so far.
# 8. Ice Hockey –
Ice hockey is one of the most popular game in the World and the players of Ice hockey used to earn a very handsome amount in the current World. Though, Ice hockey is quite a difficult sport which requires certain types of skills. In the game, two teams used to play against each other where each team contains six players.
The game Ice hockey was first played in the 18th century in Canada and now, it is the winter national sport there. It is also a prominent game in the United States as well. However, Ice hockey is the fastest sports according to many and also it is one of the highest paying sports so far. The participants used to take place among the Forbes richest players list since long.
Wayne Gretzky who is a legendary ice hockey player was ranked on the 5th place in the Forbes list of richest players 1994 with the total income of $13.5 million and he also achieved a 10th position on the list in 1995 with the total income of $14.5 million. Besides, Joe Sakic who is the Canadian ice hockey player earned the 9th position in 1997 with earnings of 17.9 million and Russian ice hockey player Sergei Federov achieved 3rd place in 1998 and his total income was $29.8 million so far.
# 7. Tennis –
Tennis is one of the most popular sports throughout the World in recent time. It can be played individually against the single opponent or can also play between two teams of two people. A number of tennis stars are very popular in recent time like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Tennis is a racket sport which is played by millions.
There are a number of tennis competitions or tournament used to take place every year where WTA is undoubtedly one of the highest paying events in the World. Besides, there are four Grand Slams tournaments which are the Australian Open, French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon. The tennis players, as usual, claimed the position in Forbes richest list so far.
Andre Agassi is a legendary tennis player who claimed the 6th position on Forbes richest players list in 1992 with a total income of $11 million. Now, if we consider the modern day tennis star, we must say the name of Swiss star Roger Federer who is the highest earning as well as the richest tennis player with total income $71.5 million according to Forbes 2013.
# 6. Soccer –
Football is also known as soccer or association football which is the most popular sport in the World nowadays. It is a team sport where two teams of eleven players each used to play against each other. The game football is played in more than 200 countries of 250 million players and the highest governing body of the game is FIFA.
In recent time, football is one of the highest paying sports. There are top-rated players who are playing in recent time like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and some others. Most of them are holding the position among the Forbes richest players list.Earlier, in 2004 English player David Beckham first claimed the 8th position on the Forbes list with the total income of $28 million.
But in recent time, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the 1st place in 2017 Forbes richest players list with the total income of $93 million and also legendary player Lionel Messi achieved the 2nd position in the same year with a total income of $86.2 million. There are different league competitions are currently played in different countries and from there, reputed players used to earn a lot. Besides, there is also plenty of endorsement agreements so far.
# 5. American Football –
American football which is also called as football in the United States and Canada or also called as the gridiron. The gridiron is a team sport that is played by two teams of eleven players. The game American football was first played on 6th November 1869 at New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States and since then the game has become quite popular in the World. besides, American football is the most popular game in the United States nowadays.
It is also the highest paying sport where the players of the game used to get a place among the Forbes richest players list. However, the players used to earn quite a handso0me salary through the game and they have also a number of endorsement deals in hand. Joe Montana who is a reputed player of the game achieved 7th place in Forbes list in 1992 with his total income of $9.5 million.
In 2004, NFL player Peyton Manning was ranked in 3rd position with a total income of $42 million. In 2006 NFL star Tom Brady got the 9th place with a total income of $29 million.
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# 4. Golf –
Golf is one of the most talkative as well as most elite sports in recent time. It was first played in the 15th century at the Kingdom of Scotland and later it was spread worldwide. The participants which used to play the game is called as a golfer and they actually earn a very handsome amount through the game.
Tiger Woods which is considered as the legendary golfer, he grabbed the top position of Forbes richest players lists a record eleven times so far. First, in 2002, he achieved the top position with a total income of $69 million. Finally in 2013, with a total income of $78.1 million he achieved the position so far.Before Tiger Woods, there were players like Jack Nicklaus who claimed the 3rd position of Forbes richest players list. He earned $14.8 million in 1994.
In the same year, another golfer Arnold Palmer grabbed 4th position with $13.6 million total income. So, it can be called that Golf is one of the highest paying sports in recent time in the World.
# 3. Auto Racing –
Auto racing is actually racing of automobiles for the competition which is also known as car racing, motor racing or automobile racing. The racing competition started the journey since the innovation of automobile and it was first contested in 30th August 1867. Nowadays, the racing is organized by the highest governing body FIA.
Auto racing is one of the highest paying sports in the World now and we have ranked them in the 3rd position. There are several auto racing competitions have executed nowadays like Grand Prix of Formula 1 or NASCAR. The riders used to earn a very handsome amount from the competitions. Basically, NASCAR and Formula 1 are the two top paying tournaments in the World. Besides, the riders used to earn through the several endorsement deals so far.
Michael Schumacher who is the legendary Formula 1 rider claimed the 1st position considering Forbes richest players list in 1999 and by then he had a total income of $49 million. Excluding him, there are several players like Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and some others had achieved the places on Forbes richest players list as we speak.
# 2. Boxing –
Boxing is a combat sport but already achieved the place among the most popular as well as most dangerous sports so far. It is also one of the highest paying sports where boxers used to earn a big amount from every game.
Excluding the game, the reputed boxers can earn a huge amount through the endorsement deals so far. However, they have also got a good profit from pay-per-view commissions.Mike Tyson who is the greatest boxer of all time was ranked on the first position in Forbes richest players list in 1991 with a total income of $75 million.
Besides, former boxer Evander Holyfield also claimed the top position with the income of $60.5 million in 1992. If we consider the recent time, Floyd Mayweather is currently holding the top position on Forbes richest players list and earlier in 2012, he grabbed the top position for the first time with a total income of $85 million so far.
# 1. Basketball –
Basketball is a most popular team sport where two teams used to play against each other and each team consists of five players so far. The game was first introduced in 21st December 1891 which was almost 126 years ago at Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States.
FIBA is the highest governing body of basketball and in recent time the most renowned basketball tournament is National Basketball Association or simply NBA. The tournament is one of the highest paying competition and so, the game basketball is considered as the highest paying sports in recent time.
The NBA players used to earn a very handsome amount from their own teams. Le Bron James and Kevin Durant are the two most renowned NBA players and earning 64.8 and 54.1 million respectively.
Earlier, a legendary basketball player Michael Jordan grabbed the top position on Forbes richest players list in 1992 with a total income of $35.9 million. In 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997 he also achieved the position among the Forbes richest players list and finally in 1998, with $69 million he earned a position there so far.
According to the above-listed details, we can see the top 10 highest paying sports in the World nowadays. It seems that sports can generate immense wealth and fame and so, many youngsters are going to make their career in the area. But it is not so easy as speak. It would take a long time to become a successful sportsperson.