Athletes Who Earn More Cash Through Endorsement Deals Than Their Salaries

Gone are the days when in order to be rich, you had to be amongst the most intelligent people. As being rich is no longer directly related to smartness. After all, this is the era of entertainment and if lucky, anyone can be rich. Especially if you are a public figure, with some decent looks, a good career stats, and a charming personality, then securing big endorsement deal apart from salary could be easy.

This has become a trend in the recent times, with the rise of the television industry and the internet. Recently it was reported that celebs like Kendall Jenner could make to up to $300k per tweet. Well, now that shows the insane cash which celebrities can nowadays make in the blink of an eye.

So let’s know about some of the highest paid celebs who make millions via endorsement.


# Maria Sharapova

A beautiful face, an athletic body and an impressive career stat, Maria Sharapova can easily capture the attention of her fans. This led to two things, first an increase in her endorsement earnings apart fro her salary and second a major boost in Sharapova’s net worth. Her recent ban due to antidoping offenses has surely affected her salary however with some brands backing her she is still making a decent income via endowments.


# Roger Federer

Another tennis player, Roger Federer stands amongst one of the most reputed sportspeople of the current era. The 35 years old Swizz player has won many awards till date. He is not just popular but also one of the highest-earning athletes, all thanks to his insane fan following. At present, he supports brands like Lindt,  Rolex, Credit Suisse, Jura Elektroapparate, and Sunrise.


# Usain Bolt

Fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt has broken numerous records again and again. For his superb career stats, his fans adore him and also follow his closely via his social media accounts. His deal with Virgin Media was quite controversial, still, when it comes to the moolah he makes via those endorsements, it really tough to challenge Bolt.

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# Lionel Messi

A well know figure in sports, Lionel Messi is now not just limited to football. As he is now amongst the most followed personalities on the social media network, which has also increased his potential earnings via endorsements. Messi gets paid in millions through his salary(40 million EUR) and contracts with the current team. He also makes a decent chunk via endorsements of brands like Pepsi, EA Sports, Adidas, and Turkish Airlines.


# Cristiano Ronaldo

If we talk about Lionel Messi, then it’s normal to focus on Cristiano Ronaldo and vice versa. So whether you talk about endorsements, earnings or salaries, both the footballers give a tough competition to each other. Talking about Ronaldo who is quite famous for his affluent lifestyle, recently signed a £43m a year deal with Real Madrid. The 2016 deal also includes additional bonuses and incentives. However, the real money comes via endorsement which includes consumer products like soft drinks, automotive lubricants, clothing, and financial services.