1. Cristiano Ronaldo
According to the list of 2016 released by Forbes about Top ten highest paid athletes for year, you will surprised after knowing that sports just not only involve passion but lot of money as well with luxuries lifestyle for the players.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi s an Argentine professional footballer, his annual income is 358 crores through salary and 187 crores by endorsements.
3. LeBron James
LeBron James who is basketball player by his profession, will shock you with his endorsements as he receives more than his salary. He earns 361 crores as endorsement and through salary 155 crores only.
4. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player; he will really make your jaws drop after you see his endorsements payments are 8 times more than his salary. He earns 402 crores through endorsements and just 52 crores.
5. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant who is most popular American professional basketball player, he earns 241 crores through endorsements and 135 crores as salary.
6. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic who is a Serbian professional tennis player, he is greatest tennis player of all time and he earns 227 crores through endorsements, 146 crores as his annual salary.
7. Cam Newton
Cam Newton is American Football player; he is first person who earns minimum amount through endorsements and awesome salary per annum. He is being paid 274 crores per annum as salary and 80 crores through endorsements.
8. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson who is professional golfer from The United States Of America, he is even known as endorsement king where he receives 335 crores through endorsements. His commercial pays him more than 17 times of his annual salary which is just 19 crores.
9. Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth he is also an professional golfer of America, who earns 139 crores as his annual package and 214 crores through endorsements.
10. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant who is an American retired professional basketball player and first player who balanced his salary and endorsements with equal payment of 167 crores as salary and 167 crores through endorsements.