Winning in different competitions is what makes each representative of each country proud of signifying the pride on what they have and where they originated. Athletes are peculiar individuals who have strengths in specific areas in sports where the strong passion to compete and win are their booster and confidence. They do not only gain fame and honor but they have acquired wealthy possessions on the monetary prizes and rewards they have received. Who are these wealthy athletes by height and pride?
10. Lewis Hamilton
He is a British Formula One racing driver who was raised in Stevenage, Hertforshire on January 07, 1985, who has earned a total net worth of $26 million. He is just 25 years old but he actually accumulated enough possessions where he could simply stop driving and drive a different path.
9. Raphael Nadal
He is once known as the World’s number 1 tennis player and got the second spot for the same title. Hence, he bagged the ninth spot this time that Forbes released this year where he had gained $27 million aside from the recognition that he earned in this field.
8. Yao Ming
A Chinese NBA player who started his career as a player of Shanghai Sharks in China from 1997 to 2002, he was picked by Houston Rockets of NBA in 2002. It opened opportunities for him not just to be known but to become richer. His total fortune is worth $34 million.
7. Valentino Rossi
Despite on what happened to his leg that left him no option but to abandon the career that he has established in the motorcycle racing, he still managed to hit $35 million and gained the whole perspective and respect from the world and his co-athletes for his positivity.
6. Ichiro Suzuki
He is better known as Ichiro in the field of baseball. His age did not hinder him to perform well just like any other young athletes who are in this kind of sport. He has accumulated $37 million that represents how he has treasured all the competitions that he and his team went through.
5. Manny Pacquiao
He started with nothing but he had gained not just fame and honor in the boxing league, which has exceeded other boxers who have etched name in the history of boxing. He is consistently maintaining the speed and titles that he had earned while increasing his earnings that totaled to $38 million.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
He is the most expensive player when it comes to Football where he plays as a striker or winger at Spanish La Liga Club Real Madrid. He had served as a captain of Portuguese National Team. Imagine that he is being paid €1 billion as part of his contract for buyout clause that made him the fourth wealthiest athlete in the world with current income of $40 million.
3. David Beckham
He is known to be the highest paying athlete in the world. Despite that, he was not able to play in the World Cup held in South Africa; he still managed to be consistent in maintaining his earnings, which amounted to $40.5 million.
2. Lionel Messi
He is one of the best football players who have played in this era. He bagged different awards, such as FIFA World Player of the Year and he has been included in the National Team. He is an Argentinean boy who took the second spot for earning $44 million, which exceeded David Beckham.
1. Roger Federer
A consistent ATP number one position holder for 237 consecutive weeks who brag his spot up to be declared as the richest athlete in the world for 2011, beating Beckham who had this spot last year. He has earned $61.7 million this year’s Forbes rating result.