Which Sport Pays More?

Rafael Nadal is second in line to Novak Djokovic in terms of the highest number of Grand Slam victories (22) in the Open Era, a number that further includes the record of the highest number of French Open titles (14) and accompanies a range of several other Masters titles.


Comparing Rafael Nadal’s career earnings with Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Lionel Messi & other top-earning athletes of all time

The Spaniard is ahead of other tennis players in terms of prize money earned, besides the Serb who tops the list. This way, while Nadal’s prize money earned sums up to be an estimated $135 million, his net worth is estimated to be $220 million (Source: Celebrity Net Worth), making him not just one of the richest tennis players, but also one of the top-earning athletes across all sports.

Additionally, Nadal has won a range of awards including five ATP Player of the Year Awards, and two Laureus World Sportsman of the Year awards and has signed numerous endorsement deals with several brands including Nike, Kia Motors and Emporio Armani among others.

Nadal owns a range of properties to his name along with investments in the famous Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy, among a range of ventures, both philanthropic and otherwise.

However, while he is financially ahead of most tennis players, if one delves into numbers, the world of sports is dominated by athletes who have a much higher net worth.

Other sportspersons and their earnings

While Nadal and Djokovic are well above other tennis players in terms of their net worth, if one extends the discussion to other sportspersons, the case is slightly different.

When it comes to the top earning athletes of other sports, if one looks at Tiger Woods representing Golf, the American has an estimated net worth of $800 million (Source: Celebrity Net Worth), almost $600 million ahead of Nadal while the National Basketball Association (NBA) star LeBron James has a net worth of $700 million.

Similarly, considering the craze of football in Nadal’s homeland, players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who played a significant part of their career in the Spanish Football League and around the same time as when Nadal represented his country in the international tennis arena, the comparison presents yet another observation.

Both Messi and Ronaldo are regarded as the richest footballers of all time with an estimated net worth of $650 million and $ 600 million (Source: Celebrity Net Worth) respectively, well ahead of the King of Clay.

In terms of the Forbes list of the world’s richest athletes, despite a relatively lower net worth and owing to inactivity, even though Roger Federer gathered lesser on-court earnings over the years, the Swiss’ off-court earnings not only placed him in the list of the world’s richest athletes but in terms of just the said earnings, placed Federer ahead of even Woods and Messi.

Nadal and other top-earning athletes: A comparison

Earlier this year Nadal signed a deal to be the brand ambassador of the Saudi Arabia Tennis Federation and received a lot of backlash wherein fans also dug out an old interview where Nadal claimed that money was not his priority and said (via The Statesman):

30 Wealthiest Black Entrepreneurs

Story by Payton Turner


Aliko Dangote©(Investment Corporation of Dubai, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Net Worth: $10.9 Billion

And here’s the number one, the richest black person in the world: Aliko Dangote. Dangote is a Nigerian businessman and the owner of the Dangote Group, a multinational industrial conglomerate. In fact, the Dangote Group is the largest conglomerate in West Africa and one of the largest on the continent. The company regularly generates a revenue of more than $4.1 billion, as of 2017. The company was originally founded in 1981, where it acted as a trading enterprise for sugar, cement, rice, fish, and other consumer goods. The group moved to focus on manufacturing in the 1990s.

Following its move into manufacturing, the group moved to textiles, flour milling, salt processing, sugar refining, and cement production. The Dangote Group owns and operates a total of 18 subsidiaries across ten countries in Africa. From that, Dangote has made a fortune. Recently, the Nigerian tycoon has embarked on an incredibly ambitious project yet: a private oil refinery that will have the capacity to refine over six million barrels a day. Dangote has a lot going on, and all of it’s proved lucrative enough to land him on Forbes’s 2019 Black Billionaires list with a total net worth of $10.9 billion

see the list here:

30 Wealthiest Black Entrepreneurs (msn.com)

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