Being a professional athlete might not be as easy as you think. It takes years of hard work and sacrifices to get to the top. This is the list of the most successful athletes in terms of money making…

10.Matt Ryan $43.8M

Matt Ryan is NFL’s quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. His huge NFL success started already in his rookie year, where he started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11-5 season record.

9.Rafael Nadal $44.5M

This 28 years old Spanish tennis player is nicknamed ”The King of Clay”. He is ranked No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

8.Phil Mickelson $53.2M

Phil Mickelson is American professional golfer. He’s won 42 events of PGA Tour, including 5x major championships. He’s spent over 700 weeks in the Top 10 Official World Golf Ranking.

7.Roger Federer 56.2M

Swiss tennis player who is currently ranked No.2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time by many.

6.Tiger Woods $61.2

This 39 years old golfer has been on the highest paid athletes list for a while. He is one of the most successful golfers in history. The last couple of years weren’t easy for him according to scandals he’s been through, but he is working his way back to the top…

5.Kobe Bryant – $61.5

The son of former NBA player – Joe Bryant was born for basketball. Kobe started playing when he was 3, he entered NBA directly from high school right to LA Lakers, where he’s been his whole career.

4.Lionell Messi – 64.7M

This Argentina’s national football team captain is only 1.7m (5’7”) but he is a great player. Currently, he plays for Spanish team FC Barcelona and he is easily the most valuable player they have. His flawless technique and genius football thinking make him truly one of a kind player.

3.LeBron James – $72.3M

LeBron plays for NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers team. He has a cool collection of awards including 4x NBA Most Valuable Player Award, 2x NBA Rookie of the Year Award, 2x NBA Finals MVP Awards and 2x Olympic gold medals.

2.Cristiano Ronaldo – $80M

Portuguese professional football (soccer) player who currently plays for Real Madrid. Ronaldo’s earned several prestigious prizes during his career. He was the most expensive football player in the history from 2009 to 2013.

1.Floyd Mayweather – $105M

Professional boxer, who is currently undefeated. He is five-division world champion, 10x world title winner and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Long story short – he’s currently the best boxer around.

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