Sports are a significant source of entertainment. Most of the youth get motivated by seeing their Sports Heros and wants to be like them. A lot of them get curious about the earnings made by their stars and the earning potential that sport offers.
In this article, You will know about the richest sports in the world and at last, I will tell you about the richest sportsperson on the planet Earth, as a bonus!
Most people in India think Cricket is the richest sport in the world but it’s not! Likewise, People in the United States think Basketball and Baseball are the highest paying sports and they are wrong as well!
Let us Find out about the richest sports in the world.
1. Football (Soccer)
Soccer which is known as Football is the most cherished and ranks as No. 1 in the rankings of richest sports in the world. Many Top players manage to rank in the highest paying athletes in the Forbes Magzine List.
In August 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2nd highest paying athlete in the world with a net worth of 105 million USD and Lionel Messi is the 3rd Highest paying athlete with the fortune of $105 million.
Soccer is popular in many nations due to which it attracts numerous brands and sponsorship deals. That is why Soccer is one of the highest paying sport in the world.
FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, EURO Cup, Copa America are some of the most popular football tournaments in the world.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Louis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbape, Gareth Bale are some the most renowned soccer player in the world.
Additionally, watch this video of Christiano Ronaldo scoring some of the unbelievable goals!
Basketball is the second richest sport in the world. It is also the highest paying sport in recent years and thus clearing the myths of football always being the highest paying sport.
Basketball is massively popular in the United States, Philippines, Canada, and Australia and Even North Korea embraces this sport.
Professional basketball players manage to earn a big chunk of money through brand deals and endorsements as well apart from their high salaries.
NBA is the most renowned basketball league in the world. It has players from across seven seas. This tournament created some of the biggest stars in the game of basketball.
Currently, Lebron James ranks as the Fifth Highest-Paid Athlete in the world with net earnings of $ 88.2 million followed by Stephen Curry with earnings of $74.4 million.
Popular names in the basketball include Lebron James, Kevin Durrant, Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan.
Boxing is one of the most dangerous sport in the world. This sport demands both physical and mental strength from the athlete. Boxing is enjoyed by most of the people in the world.
Many boxers Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Vladimir Klitschko are the some of the boxers who earns in millions of dollars.
Boxers also have a diverse source of income which ranges from Brand endorsements to the salaries. In the past, many boxers like Floyd Mayweather topped Forbes list of highest paying celebrities. In 2015, Floyd Mayweather was paid a whopping $300 million.
Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Tyson Fury are some of the most popular names in the boxing world.
Currently, Tyson Fury is the 11th highest-paid athlete in Forbes List with the total earnings of $ 57 million.
4. Auto Racing
Car Racing is fourth of the richest sports in the world list. The adrenaline present in car racing makes it one of the most interesting sports in the world.
Fatal accidents are also a component of danger in this sport. However, athletes are awarded a massive amount of money in return to face this dangerous challenges. Apart from salaries, brand deals and endorsements make this sport richer.
Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel are some of the most popular names in the world of racing.
Michael Schumacher topped the Forbes list of the richest sportsperson in 1999 with a total income of $49 M.
Currently, Lewis Hamilton is the 13th richest sportsperson in the world with total earnings of $54 million.
Golf is known as the sport of rich people. It is loved by people all over the globe and this sport also has some of the most engaging and enthusiastic audiences. Golfers are some of the most reputed sportspersons on the earth as this sport doesn’t include any physical or verbal fight. It on the fifth position in the list of richest sports in the world.
Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nickaulas, Rory Mcllroy are some of the famous golfers.
Tiger woods topped the Forbes list of richest sportsperson on the planet 11 times! Currently, he is the 8th highest-paid athlete with total earnings of $62.3 million.
Although American football is not as popular as normal football, it is one of the highest paying sport in the world. It is very popular among the people of the United States Of America. Every year a good number of people made into the Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Athletes.
Tom Brady, Walter Payton, Randy Moss, Kirk Cousins, Carson Wentz are some of the popular American Football players.
Deion Sanders secured the third position in the list of highest-paid athletes in 1995 with an overall income of $22.5 million.
Currently, Kirk Cousins ranked at the 9th richest American footballer with a total earning of $60.5 Million. He is followed by Carson Wentz who has a net worth of $ 59.1 Million.
Tennis is one of the most renowned sport on this planet and it is also the 7th richest sport on earth. This sport has one of the highest participants in the world.
Prize money in this sport plays a vital role in the income of an athlete. Along with the prize money, brands approach the players and offer them a huge sum of money for their promotion.
Wimbledon, Atp tours, US Open, and Australian Open are some of the renowned tournaments in Tennis.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova, Leander Paes are some of the famous tennis players in Tennis World.
Currently, Roger Federer is the richest sportsperson on Planet Earth with the earnings of $106.3 million.
Ice hockey is a sport that is known for its quickness of face with the amalgamation of skills and that is why Ice Hockey is the Fastest Game on Earth. Many ice hockey players manage to be on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes and that is why it can be regarded as the 8th richest sport in the world.
Sidney Crosby, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux are some of the renowned names in the field of Ice Hockey.
Baseball is one of the most famous sports in the United States and Japan. It is so popular in America that it becomes a significant part of American Culture. There is approximately 2 million professional baseball player in the United States which proves its popularity.
Apart from Salaries, Baseball players also earn from Brand Endorsements. Moreover, baseball players also earn money from winnings.
Wiley may, Babe Ruth, Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, are some of the famous names in the world of Baseball.
Cycling is the tenth richest sport in the world. This a sport which is practiced by many of the non-professionals as well.
Tour de France, UCI road world championship, Paris Roubaix are some of the famous cycling events.
Lance Armstrong, Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans are some of the popular cyclists in the world.
Roger Federer is a renowned name in the world of tennis. He belongs to Switzerland and began his pro journey from 1998. Till now he won numerous titles in different world championships.
He continued to rank in the richest sportspersons list. However, in 2020 he ranked as the highest-paid athlete with the total earnings of $106.3 million. Roger Federer charges in millions from brands for promotions.