The metric for finding out who are truly the highest paid athletes in all of sports are hard to compare. We usually know the salaries stars get from their teams since it is public knowledge. However, the money to come from endorsement deals is a huge part of an athlete’s income. Those figures aren’t always easy to find. Luckily, we have the official list for both salaries and endorsement deals to figure out which sports stars are raking in the most money. The average reader will @ssume stars in the NFL, NBA and MLB dominate the list, but that just isn’t true.
Only two NFL stars make the top fifteen and zero MLB stars are on the list. The NBA is the biggest North American sport represented with numerous surprises. Endorsements typically go to the athletes with the most impressive selling power. The athletes from the NBA, foreign sports, and individual sports dominate the extra income. We are comparing the total amount of money made by each athlete on an annually basis based off their current contracts and endorsement deals. Find out if your favorite superstar is getting paid as much as you think. These are the top fifteen highest paid athletes of 2017: