2014 was indeed a delightful year for sports personalities as well as fans. From Lewis Hamilton bagging the BBC Sports Personality of the Year to Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Overseas Award, 2014 was great for various sport persons.
- Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) – Even though he earned $0 from endorsements, Mayweather was declared as the highest paid athlete with $105 million as pay.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer): His pay in 2014 was $80 million and salary/winnings were $52 million.
- LeBron James (Basketball): His pay was $72.3 million and salary/winnings were $19.3 million. James also has endorsements worth $53 million.
- Lionel Messi (Soccer): The soccer star’s pay was $64.7 million in 2014 and salary/winnings were $41.7 million. Also, he earned $23 million from endorsements.
- Kobe Bryant: His pay was $61.5 million in 2014 and salary/winnings were $30.5 million. The basketball star also earned $31 million from endorsements.
- Tiger Woods: The golfer has endorsements worth $55 million. His pay in 2014 was $61.2 million and salary/winnings were $6.2 million. In 2014, Tiger Woods was also signed by Hero MotoCorp which is the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers. Woods is expected to play a key role in the expansion of Hero MotoCorp via advertising the products across the globe.
Apart from international sports personalities, Indian sportsmen also shined in 2014. Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, and Sandeep Kumar bagged gold in Compound Men’s team (archery) in the 17th Asian Games. Meanwhile, Abhishek Verma also won silver in Compound Men’s individual (men). Vikas Gowda won silver in men’s discus throw. Rajiv Arokia won bronze in men’s 400m.
The hockey men’s team won the gold medal in Asian Games after a long time and it was proud moment for the nation. GSI congratulates the winners and highest paid athletes for working hard and bringing glory to their nations.