The 5 highest paid athletes in the world in 2016: Sports money earners.

- 4/17/2016

World's 5 highest earning athletes 

We love them, We love what they do, and we pay to watch them week after week, year in year out.

These professionals are immensely talented and work extremely hard to be great at what they do. And they make an incredible amount of money for their super human efforts and captivating skills.
Highest paid athletes in the world
Their carefully honed abilities have made  these sports men the highest paid athletes in the world

These same skills keep you entertained, and willing to keep paying to watch them no matter what.
These great sports stars have gained our undivided admirations through their unparalleled star power in and out of the sporting arena.

And they have gained tremendous wealth for their skills, hard work and genius.

With the top 100 highest paid sports men and women in the world earning over $3 billion in 2015, it is no wonder that individually, these stars have become super rich.

Brace yourself; Here are the 5 highest paid athletes in the world for the year 2016.

5. Roger Federer

Highest paid sportsmen

     Currently the world number 3 ranked tennis player, the Swiss tennis champion is one of the most loved and most marketable athletes on earth.

The 34 year old multiple grand slam winner was recently named the world's most marketable sportsman by Forbes.

Federer earned a total of $68 million in winnings and endorsements.

4. Lionel MessiMessi
Lionel Messi most popular athlete

   FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is a wonder to watch. Widely considered the greatest footballer in history, the magical playing style of the Argentine goal scorer is unequaled.

The 28 year old dribbling genius is the world's 4th highest paid sportsman.
Lionel Messi earned a total of $73.8 million in winnings and endorsements.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo
      Cristiano Ronaldo Richest sportsmen
Three time world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has been outdone in accolades by his Barcelona rival. But the man reputed as the most popular footballer in the world, as well as one of the highest paid athletes in the world is way ahead of his rival in earnings.

The 31 year old C. Ronaldo earned a total $79.6 million.

2. Manny Pacquiao

    Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers in the world right now.
The charismatic prize fighter is one of the most popular athletes on the planet. A talented boxer who commands impressive earnings from the sport of boxing.
The Filipino boxer earns millions of dollars from endorsement deals every year. But the $125 million purse from his mega fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is what shot his earning to a total of $160 million.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
 The undefeated boxer is the highest paid  fighter in the world.

Floyd Mayweather's fight with Pacquiao earned the controversial boxer the biggest payday in sports history.

Although he may now be retired from boxing, it did nothing to diminsh his earnings last year which still amounted  to a mind boggling $300 million total.

The above named 5 sportsmen are the top earning pro athletes in the world in 2016 and they continue to infuse passion, flair and class into the breath taking world of sports.

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