The influence and impact of the professional athlete have changed over time. Some athletes reach superstar status in their sport and have recognized the influence and reach that they possess. It makes them an instant magnet for higher salaries on the court but also opens up endorsement and sponsorship opportunities.
The highest-paid athletes come from different sports and also earn in different ways. Some athletes like tennis superstar Roger Federer primarily make their income from endorsement deals, while other athletes such as Tom Brady and Russell Westbrook take home more in salary. Here are the highest-paid athletes in the world at the moment.
*Forbes, Spotrac, and Sports Reference were used for salary and off the field earnings information.