Who are the richest athletes in the world 2021? Believe us, you will surely be amazed at how valuable your favorite athletes are in 2021 and where they stay on this list. We have compiled this list with the net worth estimates of the top 10 Richest Athletes in the world by 2021.
These figures have been compiled from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth. These are the richest athletes worldwide as of 2021.
TOTAL EARNINGS – $75 M
Kevin Durant also known simply by his initials KD, is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Kevin Durant, dazzling with the Brooklyn Nets after an Achilles injury sidelined him for the 2019-20 season, has become a full-blown media mogul with Boardroom and his firm Thirty Five Ventures. He was an executive producer of Two Distant Strangers, which took home the Oscar for best live-action short film last month, and he purchased a stake in MLS’s Philadelphia Union last summer. Durant also cashed in last year when Uber bought Postmates, having invested roughly $1 million in the startup in 2016 at a discounted entry price.
“So many people doubted me. They motivated me every single day, to be, who I am.” –
TOTAL EARNINGS – $76 M
At age 43, Tom Brady just turned in the most lucrative year of his storied career. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback added endorsement deals with eyewear maker Christopher Cloos and apparel juggernaut Fanatics while collecting big bucks as a speaker on the virtual circuit and as a commercial pitchman. (A seventh Super Bowl title certainly didn’t hurt.) Brady, who had already dipped his toe into entrepreneurship with his wellness brand TB12, recently launched a film production company and an NFT platform.
“If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?” – Tom Brady
TOTAL EARNINGS – $82 M
After racing to his sixth Formula 1 championship in seven seasons in 2020, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton lands in the top ten for only the second time ever, having placed tenth in 2017 with $46 million. His 11 race wins last season netted him healthy bonus payments to go with an endorsement stable that includes Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Energy and Puma. He is also launching a team on the Extreme E racing series.
“I’ve accomplished more than I ever dreamed. But I’m hungry for more.” – Lewis Hamilton
TOTAL EARNINGS – $90 M
Out of commission for much of the last year with a knee injury, Roger Federer made nearly all of his $90 million in earnings from sponsorships with brands like Rolex, Credit Suisse and Uniqlo. The tennis legend’s biggest payday yet may come from his stake in Swiss athletic apparel company On, which is reportedly eyeing an autumn 2021 IPO.
“I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.” – Roger Federer
TOTAL EARNINGS – $95 M
Neymar’s 282 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter make him the third-most-popular athlete on social media, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi—and make him a major draw for brands. Last year, he announced an early exit from his contract with Nike’s Jordan Brand and became a brand ambassador for Puma, with a signature version of its King shoes. Last month, Epic Games introduced the avid video gamer into its blockbuster game Fortnite with an in-game skin and a competition to win a pair of his shoes.
“This moment,which we are living right now will pass too. We have to enjoy, enjoy all that we can.” – Neymar
TOTAL EARNINGS – $96.5 M
It’s been a banner year for LeBron James, whose NBA-record earnings total follows his fourth championship in October. He’s not slowing down, either: The 36-year-old looks as dominant as ever on the court, is debuting as a Hollywood leading man with the July release of Space Jam: A New Legacy and boasts a new deal with PepsiCo after leaving longtime partner Coca-Cola. He also recently purchased a small stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC and Roush Fenway Racing.
“There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.” – LeBron James
TOTAL EARNINGS – $107.5 M
The $66 million signing bonus that came with Dak Prescott’s four-year, $160 million contract extension pushes the Cowboys star into the $100 million club as he returns from an ankle injury. The outlook is bright for the quarterback of the world’s most valuable sports team, whose endorsement portfolio already includes Sleep Number, 7/11 and DirecTV. Prescott also recently announced an investment in four Texas locations of the restaurant chain Walk-On’s.
“I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my knowledge of the game.” – Dak Prescott
TOTAL EARNINGS – $120 M
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person in the world to reach 500 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in February and followed that up a month later by surpassing Brazilian legend Pelé’s goal tally, reaching 770 across all competitions with a hat trick in a Juventus win over Cagliari. The 36-year-old, whose four-year contract is worth an average of $64 million annually and expires in 2022, has a lifetime deal with Nike and is behind the CR7 business of branded clothing, accessories, hotels and gyms.
“Don Alfredo leaves us, but his memory will last forever in our hearts. Legends never die. Thanks for everything Maestro.” – Cristiano Ronaldo
TOTAL EARNINGS – $130 M
Lionel Messi kept the soccer world on edge with last year’s failed attempt to leave Barcelona, a melodrama later punctuated by a leaked contract that showed the cash-strapped club is paying him far more than previously thought. He pads that pay with sponsorships including a lifetime deal with Adidas, as well as a clothing line designed by Ginny Hilfiger, sister of Tommy Hilfiger. Last month, Messi sent signed jerseys to Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac to help secure 50,000 Covid-19 vaccines ahead of the Copa America soccer tournament. Expect more intrigue when his contract expires in June.
“Money is not a motivating factor… My motivation comes from playing the game I love.” –
TOTAL EARNINGS – $180 M
Conor McGregor’s appearance at UFC 257 in January wasn’t the triumphant return he had hoped for—Dustin Poirier knocked him out in McGregor’s first UFC fight since January 2020—but he collected an estimated $22 million for his time. The real moneymaker was his sale of whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve, buttressing an endorsement portfolio that includes DraftKings, the video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes and the lifestyle brand Roots of Fight.
“Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.” – Conor McGregor
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