The Wealthiest Athletes Still Making an Impact

Oh, how good it must be to be a professional athlete. Your job involves doing what you love, in front of adoring fans, and to top it all off, you’ll likely find that your team pays you an extraordinary amount just to be on their side. And that’s not your only source of income, either: if you’re marketable, as all great players are, then you’ll receive a significant amount of money to promote brands.

So all in all, it’s a good deal. Even the lowest-ranked athletes of the world’s biggest sports can earn enough to last a lifetime. And then there’s the whole matter of the world’s very best athletes. They don’t just get to enjoy the status of being the best of the best — they can also be among the wealthiest people in the world.

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the wealthiest athletes that continue to have an impact on their sport. This means that people such as Michael Jordan, who is extremely wealthy but retired from the sport, do not make the cut.

Lebron James

One day soon, an NBA season will begin without Lebron James, and we’ll all realize just how special of a player he was during his long and illustrious career. His achievements speak for themselves — four NBA Championships, in which he won MVP Award for each, and two Olympic medals. He’s a true icon of the sport, so it should come as no surprise that he’s extremely wealthy. According to one source, he has a net worth of around $800 million. Much of this money came from sources unrelated to basketball, but he wouldn’t have gotten there if he wasn’t a wizard on the court.

Tom Brady

Most athletes that have been in the game for more than twenty years are rich, but they generally no longer impact the outcome of matches. They’re more like legacy players, who receive respect and adoration for everything they’ve done in the past, rather than what they’re doing right now. But that’s not the case with Tom Brady. The NFL superstar is worth some $270 million and continues to perform at an extraordinarily high level, especially for a 44-year-old. Indeed, he’s the main reason the Super Bowl odds for his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are so good. He became the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl in 2021; will he break his own record in 2022?

Lionel Messi

When we speak about Lionel Messi, we’re not just talking about the best of his generation. We’re talking about the best of all time. Messi may not be the force that was five years ago, but he still packs a powerful punch. There is a reason, after all, why PSG were happy to give the Argentine forward nearly $1 million a week to play for them after he left Barcelona — and all those duels with Real Madrid — in the summer of 2021. While his days of winning the Ballon d’Or are probably over, Messi continues to draw crowds like no one else. His current net worth is around $600 million. Not bad for a shy kid from Rosario!

Lewis Hamilton

There have been many outstanding Formula One Drivers over the years, but by the time he retires, people will consider Hamilton to be the best of the lot. He’s currently tied with Michael Schumacher for most F1 Championship titles (7), but given that Schumacher has retired and Hamilton is still at the peak of his powers, it won’t be long before he holds the record outright. Further evidence for the “he’s the best ever” comes in the shape of two other of Hamilton’s records: he has the most race wins (101), most podium finishes (179) and most pole positions (101) in the history of the sport. All this success has resulted in a net worth of some $285 million, but there’s every chance that he reaches $500 million in the coming years.