We have compared yearly incomes of 2 best paid athletes in most profitable industries* and brought you insight, who deserved sallary raise or salary declination. As source of information about salaries, he have used The World´s Highest Paid Athletes rank by Forbes.
Football: Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi
2016 is totally year of „CR7“. He scored a winning penalty for Real Madrid in Champions League, won UEFA´s Euro tournament with Portugal national team. All activities of Cristiano brought him $79,6 M, which is 10% raise with comparison with his 2015´s earnings. Ronaldo will earn $32 M on endorsments from brands like Nike,Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster.
Lio Messi is having also a very productive year, that will bring him $81,5 M. In comparison to year 2015, Lio´s salary will also rise with 10% coeficient.
Basketball: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
LeBron James, ranked #3 in World´s highest-paid athletes according to Forbes, will earn $77,2 M in total for this season. That is 19% more then in previous year. Well done LeBron.
Kevin Durant will earn $56,2 M in 2016, that is only 3% raise of his salary in comparison to previous year.
Tennis: Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovič
Roger Federer is also having a strong year, with $67,8 M salary. „RF“ is a stable brand, only 11% of his total earnings is caused by salary / winnings, the rest 60 M he gets for endorsments in 2016. Roger gained 67 M in 2015, only 1% less then this year.
Novak Djokovič will earn $55,8 M in 2016, that makes his salary raise by 15% more then in year 2015.
Boxing: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
2015 was definatelly „The year“ for Floyd Mayweather, he was ranked #1 World´s highest-paid athletes with 300 M of total earnings. In 2016, he will earn „only“ $44 M, that makes his salary decline by 86%. Tough year, what do you think?
Manny Pacquiao´s salary curve will also fall this year. Manny will earn $24 M, that is 85% less then in 2015. Interesting, how similar salary scheme of 2 best paid athletes in boxing can be…
Golf: Phil Mickelson vs. Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson is definatelly a succesfull icon of golf player, with 52,9 M of total earnings in 2016. Previous year Phil earned $50,8 M, so his salary will has risen by 4% coeficient.
Tiger Woods, most controversial athlete in golf, earns $45,3 M in 2016, which is 11% less then previous year.
F1: Lewis Hamilton vs. Sebastian Vettel
Getting paid for driving around race circuits, is not bad job at all. Lewis Hammilton will earn $46 M this year and his salary has risen by 17%.
Sebastian Vettel, #2 best paid F1 driver, will earn $41 M, 24% more then previous year.
Female athletes: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams is #1 leading female athlete in total yearly income. Her salary in 2016 was $28,9 M, that made her salary 15% higher than previous year.
Maria´s income in 2016 was $21.9 M, that makes her salary by 27% lower then previous year ($29,7 M) and still gain her #2 rank in Female best paid athlete in 2016.
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*comparison of salaries from 6/2015 to 6/2016 with data from 6/2014 to 6/2015, according to Forbes list of best paid athletes of the world in 2016 and 2015.