Highest Paid Athletes in the World 2014
With tax day comes the great income reveals of public figures. Who in sports is living The Life Elite? (Some more than others, but they arguably all live pretty well.)
#5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Football/Soccer
With a salary of $35M, Ligue 1’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the third-highest paid athlete in soccer. The forward is on the Paris Saint-Germain club and the captain of the Sweden national team.
#4 Aaron Rodgers – American Football
Life must be pretty darn elite for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With a salary of $40M, he is the highest paid NFL star and the only American football athlete to crack the top-five most paid in sports this year.
La Liga star Messi is the forward for much-loved Spanish club FC Barcelona. He is also the captain of the Argentina national team. The 26-year-old has a current salary of $50.1M.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo – Football/Soccer
Spoiler alert: With a salary of $50.2M, this La Liga heartthrob is the highest paid in football/soccer. Ronaldo is the forward for Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.
#1 Floyd Mayweather JR. – Boxing
A squeaky-clean record pays. The world champ’s salary is $73.5 million, and that only takes prize money into account, not endorsements. So really, you can only imagine how much he’s racking up in the money department.