14 Most Outrageous Sports Salaries

Do you love watching fit millionaires tossing balls at one another while getting paid exorbitant amounts of money? They might not be out there looking for the cure for cancer, but there’s got to be a really good reason they earn so much money, right? Here’s a list of the top 14 highest paid athletes in the world.

Kobe Bryant

Everyone’s favourite Laker might not top this list but he is the NBA player with the highest salary in the league, taking home a $23.5 million paycheck. He also makes an additional $26 million in endorsements and founded his own investment company called Kobe Inc. which bought stakes in BodyArmor, a sports drink. We think it might sell better if they call it “Kobe Juice”.


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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ reputation might not be what it once was and his recent career has been held back by injuries but he’s still among the highest paid sports figures in the world, so he’s doing just fine. Last year he only earned $600,000 on the course but made a nice $50 million endorsing companies like MusclePharm and Hero Motorcycle. He also owns his own golf course design business and is currently designing courses in China and Dubai.


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Phil Mickelson

When he’s not winning yet another championship or pushing arthritis medication, Phil Mickelson is probably at home counting his millions. As the highest paid golfer in the world, Mickelson took home $2.8 million in salary and $48 million in endorsements last year to add to his existing $77 million prize money pile.


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