8 highest earning athletes in 2017
7. Andrew Luck – Annual earning: $50million
Profession: American Football
These athletes not only earn millions of dollars a year from their sports teams or tournament rewards, but a large sum of their annual earnings are from endorsement deals. For example, in December 2016, Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo signed a $1billion ‘lifetime deal’ with sports brand Nike. Yes $1billion. While other endorsement deals won’t be in the billions, they certainly are in the tens of millions for all other athletes within this list.