16 World Richest Sportsmen and Their Net Worth in 2018


Each year, popular world renowned magazine Forbes, publishes the estimated net worth of the rich all over the world. Salaries and net worth of the rich from all walks of life – Sports, Film Industries, Music Industries, Arts and Commerce, are documented by Forbes yearly. This article focuses on the 16 world richest sportsmen and their net worth in 2018.

We will be walking our way to the top.

16) Canelo Alvarez


The 28 year old is a professional boxer from Mexico.

He has featured in the Welterweight, Light middleweight and Middleweight categories and he has a lot of trophies to his name.

Alvarez who commented that he started boxing when he was 13, after watching his brother make him debut professionally.

By the time he was 15, he had professionally launched into the field of boxing but he wasn’t able to find a suitable rival.

As a professional, he recorded 11 knockouts out of his 13 opponents. What a feat!!!!

The one downturn Alvarez had when he competed against Floyd Mayweather and lost his championship belts.

The young boxer’s salary is quoted at $44.5 million and his net worth estimated at $70 million in 2018.

15) Russell Westbrook

Westbrook is an American Professional Basketball player who plays for Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 29 year old basketball player is a seven time NBA All Star and a two time NBA all-star most valuable player.

As a 6 ft. 3 in player who made his debut in 2008, he has risen up the ranks to become one of the most prolific NBA stars.

The salary of this young athlete is pegged at $47.6 million with an estimated net worth of $100 million in 2018.

14) Sebastian Vettel   

Born July 3, 1987, Vettel has been Hamilton’s close rival in the Formula 1 championships.

Vettel who is closely following Hamilton in the championship standings is also a four time world champion.

The 31 year old made his debut in the United States grand prix in 2007 as he replaced an injured teammate.

He kept firing with all cylinders until he landed his first championship three years later.

Vettel ended his long term relationship with Red Bull sometime around 2014 and he has since been with Ferrari.

The Formula 1 racer is currently positioned at joint third in an all-time list which spells out race winners.

Sebastian Vettel’s salary is said to be $42.3 million while his net worth is estimated at $100 million in 2018.

13) Drew Brees  

Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

He got drafted to the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and became a free agent.

He then signed a six-year contract of $60 million with the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

In 2012, The Saints and Brees agreed to a 5-year $100 million contract.

It had the largest guaranteed money contract in NFL history of $60 million.

$40 million of the contract sum was paid the first year.

On the 13th March earlier this year, Brees signed a two-year contract extension of $50 million with the Saints.

$27 million was guaranteed. He currently earns an average annual salary of $25 million.

Drew has an estimated net worth of $130 million in 2018.

12) James Harden 


Harden is an American Professional Basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

The 6ft 5in player born 26 August 1989 in California USA is recognized as the best shooting guard.

After a failed agreement to join the Thunder, he was traded with some other players to join Houston Rockets.

This exceptional basketball has two awards which are credited to him in the beautiful game.

A two time United States Basketball team member and he also won gold at the FIBA and Olympics championships.

This huge player earns a salary quoted at $46.4 million and a net worth estimated at $145 million in 2018.

11) Lewis Hamilton 


The legendary formula 1 racer is British born. He races for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS.

The 33 year old driver has won four championships in his career of which he won both in a row.

At the age of 8, Hamilton has picked keen interest in car racing as his father bought him his first go cart when he was six.

Hamilton who publicly supports Arsenal football club commented that he would have been a footballer or a Cricketer if Formula One had not worked out.

The car racer who was at one time racially abused by Spanish commentators look undeterred.

He has set his sights on winning a fifth world championship title as he currently leads the poles.

The British born star earns a salary $51 million and has a net worth of $150 million in 2018.

10) Matthew Stafford

John Matthew Stafford was born on February 7, 1988 in Florida, USA.

He currently ranks number 8 for most consecutive regular-season NFL game starts by a quarterback.

He currently plays for Detroit lions of NFL.

The young man made $59.5million to make the top 10 world richest sportsmen in 2018.

Matthew Stafford net worth is estimated to be $150 million in 2018.

9) Matt Ryan

Do you follow the sports, American football?

If you do I’m sure Matt Ryan needs no introduction. Matt is currently signed to Atlanta Falcons.

Matt Ryan has been consistent with is form to stay top in the National Football League (NFL).

The American quarterback was born on May 17, 1985. He is currently the highest paid football player.

Ryan, nicknamed ‘Matty Ice’ made $67.3 million to claim the number nine spot on this list.

Matt Ryan’s net worth is currently estimated to be $150 million in 2018.

8) Conor McGregor

Conor Anthony McGregor was born on July 14, 1988. He is champion of the fighting sports, Mixed Martial Art.

In 2017, Conor went out of his comfort zone as world champion of kick boxing to challenge retired undefeated boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather.

Conor, with an average weight of 70kg and height of 1.75 was in the same category with Floyd.

The retired boxer accepted the challenge.

Giving the publicity the fight attracted, the fight became the 2nd highest grossing boxing match of all time only second to Floyd’s match to Manny Pacqiauo.

The Irish professional kick boxer grossed an estimated $99 million to become the number 8 of our list of world richest sportsmen in 2018.

Conor Anthony McGregor’s net worth is estimated to be $150 million in 2018.

7) Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player.

The young man has worked hard to feature on the list of world richest sportsmen in 2018.

The light skinned athlete was born on March 14, 1988 in Ohio, United States.

Wardell Stephen Curry II currently plays for Golden State Warriors. The young man has an impressive basketball stats.

Curry is currently inking his name as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Pundits call him the greatest shooter of all time.

Curry made $76.9 million in 2018 to claim the number 7 spot of world richest sportsmen.

Stephen Curry net worth is estimated to be $160 million in 2018.

6) Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born on February 5, 1992 in São Paulo, Brazil.

He is a professional soccer player who plays for Brazil national team and he is currently signed to French club, Paris Saint-Germain.

Before Neymar signed for PSG, he wore the colours of Football Club Santos in Brazil and, FC Barcelona in Spain.

Neymar is considered by many as the current best dribbler in soccer.

However, the Brazilian made headline for the wrong reasons in the recently concluded World Cup Tournament, Russia 2018.

He was criticised for his antics and simulations to gain favour from referees during the tournament.

The forwarder had since apologised after the World Cup, admitting he exaggerated fowls in some occasions.

The forwarder signed an improved deal with PSG in 2017 to make him the highest paid soccer player in the world at the time.

He made $90 million in 2018 to take the 6th spot of the world richest sportsmen.

Neymar’s net worth is currently estimated to be $160 million in 2018.

5) Roger Federer

Roger Federer is the first professional tennis player to feature on our list.

Federer is a professional Tennis player with many grand slams under his belt.

Pundits all over the world consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

Roger Held the number one position as the best tennis player for years before Novak Djokovic stripped him off the title.

Federer battled poor form for a long period. Pundits fingered his inability to adjust his game to his aging body as the reason for his deep form.

The athlete continued to work hard and even changed his coach in a bid to rediscover his form.

His determination and hard work soon paid off as the aging athlete returned to winning ways, winning a grand slam to make it 20 grand slams won throughout his career.

He is currently ranked number two in Men’s professional tennis, only behind Rafael Nadal.

Federer made $77.2 million within last year and this year.

Roger Federer net worth is estimated to be $220 million in 2018.

4) Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo would be gutted to sit bottom of Lionel Messi on the money list.

Cr7 as he likes to be addressed, shares a rivalry with Lionel Messi considered to be the greatest rivalry between any two sports persons in the world.

Almost every sports paper all over the world must have once headlined the controversial question – Who is the better player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal.

He plays for the Portuguese national team and he is currently signed to an Italian club, Juventus.

Before his move to Italy, Cr7 has played In Portugal, for sporting Lisbon, England for Manchester United, and Spain for Real Madrid.

Considered an eternal messi rival, Cr7 has won the same number, 5 Ballon D’or with Messi.

For the past couple of years that Forbes have published world richest sportsmen, “Cr7” has always toppled Lionel Messi.

However, Lionel Messi signed an improved deal with Barcelona last year to become the best paid soccer player.

Florentino Perez, the president of Cristiano’s former club, Real Madrid was reluctant to give him an improved deal probably because of Ronaldo’s age and drop in form in the preceding season.

Ronaldo voiced his displeasure at the Club’s hierarchy and called it time with Real Madrid.

He signed an improved deal with Juventus this summer to tie with rival Messi as the best paid soccer players in the world.

Hopefully, in the turn of next year, Ronaldo would sit atop his rival in the money list once again, given his better endorsement deal than Messi’s.

Ronaldo earned $108 million to sit in the number four position.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million in 2018.

3) Lionel Messi


Lionel Andres Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in his country home of Argentina.

Messi is a professional Soccer player, who plays for the Argentine national team and for Spanish football club, Barcelona.

He is currently considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

On many occasions, he is often criticised by many for not being as successful for his country as he has been for his club Barcelona.

Messi has won all there is to be won in club football with Barcelona but he is yet lift a trophy with the Argentine senior national team.

Individually, Messi has won 5 Ballon D’or awards, he has won several European golden boot awards, cementing his name as one of the finest players of all time.

Messi has made $111 million from salary and endorsement this year to feature on the number 3 position of world richest sportsmen.

Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $410 million in 2018.

2) LeBron James

Lebron James is an American professional boxer who is currently making headlines all over the world for is charitable deeds.

The Towering 2.03m basketball player, LeBron Raymone James Sr was born on December 33, 1984 in Ohio, United States.

Lebron is currently considered by pundits to be the greatest basketball player of his generation

James made $85.5 million in salary and endorsement to sit in the number two position of the world richest sportsmen.

Lebron James’ net worth is estimated to be $450 million in 2018.

  1. Floyd Mayweather

It is no surprise that the self-acclaimed ‘The Money man’ sits atop the list our list of – 17 world richest sportsmen and their net worth in 2018.

Floyd Mayweather is a retired American professional boxer cum boxing promoter.

He fought in competitive boxing for the first time in 1996.

Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 after a successful undefeated career.

However, Mayweather was forced to come off retirement two years later to fight a professional kick boxer, McGregor.

Floyd defeated the kick boxer to make an impressive career stats of 50 wins out of 50 bouts.

With a height of 1.73 and an average weight of 68kg, Floyd fought in different boxing categories through his career, ranging from Welterweight to Light middleweight.

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr was born on February 24, 1977 in Michigan, USA.

After a success laden boxing career, the athlete changed his name to Floyd Money Mayweather.

Floyd currently makes his money from boxing promotion and endorsements.

He is known to be an ambassador of Hublot.

The former world champion is not married but have 4 children namely; Iyanna, Jirah, Koraun, Zion Shamaree.

The boxer has made $285 million over the years to top our list of world richest sportsmen.

Floyd Mayweather net worth is currently estimated to be $765 million in 2018.



There you have it, the list of world richest sportsmen in 2018. There are many names that couldn’t be accommodated, however, they are still worth a lot.

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