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They are the gladiators of the present. Without violence. But they fight in arenas in front of tens of thousands of spectators who cheer them frenetically. And they reach millions of people and consumers around the world via screens of all kinds.

They play soccer, tennis, basketball or baseball. Or they stand on the golf course or speed down slopes in fast cars. Sports stars.

Last week, a new deal caught the attention of the world. The American sneaker manufacturer Nike signed basketball player James LeBron (30) as an advertising partner for life. Value of the deal: more than half a billion dollars!

His salary at his club, the Cleveland Cavaliers, becomes a source of additional income: "Tired" 21 million dollars a year!

Only top hedge fund managers can get more with less effort. Steve Cohen, founder of SAC Capital Advisors, raked in an unimaginable $ 1.3 billion last year.

But otherwise the best professional athletes when it comes to money in the USA have long since become the "Masters of the Universe". BILD lists the big earners in the "advertising industry":

1. LeBron James (30)

Advertising income per year: $ 44 million. Plus his new 500 million contract.

Twitter followers: 25.5 million!

Partner: Nike, Beats by Dre, Coca-Cola, Kia, McDonald’s.

Estimated value: $ 300 million.

Biography: Was born in Ohio. His mother (only 16 years old at birth) placed him in the care of a local basketball coach. He built him into an athlete from the age of 9.

LeBron became the most successful rookie since basketball legend Michael "Air" Jordan and is now the face of the NBA. He is considered to be one of the most popular athletes in America and has a status there like the last Boris Becker in Germany. LeBron is well on his way to becoming the first sports billionaire in his active career.

Nickname: King James.

Title: Two NBA championships.

2. Roger Federer (34)

Advertising income / year: $ 58 million!

Twitter Followers: 4.4 million.

Partner: Wilson, Nike, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Gillette.

Capital: $ 320 million.

Biography: The exceptional athlete grew up in a Catholic household in Switzerland near the German border. In 2003, like all Swiss, he was to be drafted into the military. But because of a back injury, he was declared unfit. Which didn't stop him from winning Wimbledon that same year.

He dominated men's tennis for years and is currently only number 3 in the ATP world rankings.

As on the pitch, he is also “Mister Perfect” in his private life. He has been married to tennis player Mirka Federer (37) since 2009. The couple met at the 2000 Olympics. The two have four children (two pairs of twins). Scandals: none.

Nicknames: FedEx or King Roger.

Title: 17 grand slams. Currently “only” 3rd in the world rankings, but also by far the oldest player in the top 5.

3. Tiger Woods (39)

Advertising income / year: $ 50 million.

Twitter followers: 5.15 million.

Partner: Nike, Upper Deck, Rolex, Muscle Pharm, Fathead.

Capital: $ 700 million !!

Biography: His father Earl has African-American, white and Indian roots, his mother Thai-Chinese roots. His ambitious father took Tiger to the golf course when he was two years old to introduce him to the elite sport. Already at the age of 5 the exceptional talent appeared for the first time in specialist magazines and on TV.

Woods was the highest paid athlete in the world for years. But he has not won a Masters since 2008. The American picture-perfect athlete's career took a turn after it became known in November 2009 that he had cheated on his wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren. The beloved: New York nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel - who became known as the "angel from the ashes" after the 9/11 attack.

Nickname: Tiger. His real name is Eldrick Tont Woods.

Title: 79 PGA tournaments, including 14 majors.

4. Phil Mickelson (45)

Advertising revenue: $ 44 million.

Twitter followers: No account.

Partner: KPMG, Rolex, Exxon Mobile, Callaway, Barclays.

Capital: $ 180 million.

Biography: His father, a pilot, took him to the golf course several times a week when he was preschool. The boy, actually right-handed, plays with the left because he mirrored the swing of his right-handed father. He was so talented that he received a golf scholarship from a university in his home state of Arizona. Last year the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was investigating the professional golfer. It was about illegal insider trading in stocks of the bleaching agent Clorox. The case was dropped for lack of evidence.

Nickname: Lefty.

Title: 42 PGA tournaments, 5 majors.

5. Kevin Durant (27)

Advertising income / year: $ 33 million.

Twitter followers: 12.6 million.

Partner: Nike, 2kSports, Spring, Spakling ICE, KIND Snacks.

Capital: $ 60 million.

Biography: After his father Wayne left his mother Wanda shortly after he was born, Kevin grew up with his grandmother in Washington DC. He loved basketball as a young boy and made the two-meter giant Vince Carter his idol. Durant is a devout Christian and goes to church before every game. Represented by Jay-Z's sports agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder player was voted the NBA's Most Popular Player, ahead of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Nickname: KD.

Title: Most Valuable NBA Player 2014, Olympic Gold.

6. Rory Mcilroy (26)

Advertising revenue: $ 32 million

Twitter followers: 2.9 million

Partner: Nike, Bose, EA Sports, Omega, Upper Deck.

Capital: $ 65 million.

Biography: He grew up in Northern Ireland and urged his father Gerry to take him to the golf course almost every day as a toddler. His father took several jobs to finance his son's expensive passion. A worthwhile investment. The boy became world champion in the group of 9 to 10 year olds and soon after was the youngest winner of the Irish championships.

Today he is considered the successor to Tiger Woods. Mcilroy just announced his engagement to American Paddy Wallace, who showed up at a charity event in Belfast with a thick diamond on her finger. Beware: the Irishman was engaged to be married once. With tennis beauty Caroline Wozniacki. But when he sent out the invitation to the wedding, he got cold feet. His ex: "He told me on the phone and has never been seen since."

Nickname: Rors.

Title: After Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, the first player to have won three major titles by his 25th birthday.

7. Novak Djokovic (28)

Advertising revenue: $ 31 million.

Twitter followers: 4.9 million

Partner: Adidas, Peugeot, Mercedes Benz, Uniqio, Seiko.

Capital: $ 90 million

Biography: The Serb grew up in Belgrade, where his parents ran a fast food restaurant. He started playing tennis at the age of four. At the age of 12 he attended Nikola Pilic's academy in Oberschleißheim, where he matured to become a top player.

He is now number 1 in the ATP world rankings and has been trained by the German Wimbledon winner Boris Becker since 2013. The Serb is considered one of the most talented, but also one of the most popular tennis players of all time. His trademark: He loves to imitate other tennis players.

Nickname: Djoker.

Title: 5 x Australian Open, 3 x Wimbledon, 2 x US Open

8. Rafael Nadal (29)

Advertising revenue: $ 28 million.

Twitter followers: 8.8 million

Partner: Tommy Hilfiger, Kia, Nike, Bacardi.

Capital: $ 100 million

Biography: Three of his uncles were professional athletes. Two of them footballers, one tennis player. And so the little boy from Manacor (Mallorca) was already standing on the tennis and soccer field at the age of 3. In order not to neglect school completely, his father forced him to choose a sport. Tennis. Incidentally, Nadal took part in Shakira's video “Gypsy” and was also part of her album “She Wolf”.

Nickname: King of the clay courts.

Title: 9x French Open, 2 x Wimbledon, 2 x US Open, 1 x Australian Open. 5 x Davis Cup.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (30)

Advertising income / year: $ 27 million.

Twitter followers: 39.2 million

Partner: CR7, Nike, Clear, Herbalife, Samsung, Konami.

Capital: $ 280 million

Organic: Born in Madeira to a cook and a gardener who named him after the US President Ronald Reagan. His parents were so poor that he had to share a room with his brother and two sisters. He played for his first club at the age of eight, concentrated entirely on football at the age of 14 and had his international breakthrough at the 2004 European Championships. Its main teams: Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Nickname: The machine

Title: 3 x English champions, 1 x Spanish champions, 2 x Champions Leaque winners 2008 (with Manchester, Real), 3 x World Footballer of the Year.

10. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (34)

Advertising income / year: 27 million

Twitter followers: 4.75 million

Partner: PepsiCo, Aircel, Godrej, Gulf Oil, Reebok.

Capital: $ 50 million

Biography: The boy from the Indian village of Lvcli actually wanted to become a footballer. Goalkeeper. But his coach asked him to step in at a cricket game. It was there that he discovered his true talent. He is now the highest paid and most popular athlete in his country.

Nickname: Captain Cool.

Title: World Champion 2011

11. Kobe Bryant (37)

Advertising revenue: $ 26 million

Twitter followers: 8.1 million

Partner: Bodyarmor, Hublot, Lenovo, Nike, Panini America.

Capital: $ 320 million

Biography: His parents named the boy from Philadelphia after the Japanese Kobe beef. His father, a professional basketball player himself, took him to the field when he was three years old. Kobe also played soccer when he was a child. But his talent was clearly in basketball.

When he was signed to the LA Lakers, his parents had to sign because he was only 17.

Here he formed one of the most successful teams in basketball with Shaquille O'Neal. He was quickly compared to Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.

In his private life, Kobe made headlines for the first time at the age of 21 due to the falling out with his parents. His parents wanted to prevent the wedding with Vanessa Laine from Mexico. Reason: There was no marriage contract. The dispute even ended up in court.

In 2003 he was charged with rape. But the plaintiff later refused to testify. According to rumors, a financial settlement had been reached.

Nicknames: "Black Mamba" and "Vino"

Title: 5 NBA championships.

12. Maria Sharapova (28)

Advertising revenue: $ 23 million.

Twitter followers: 1.9 million

Partner: Avon, Cole Han, Nike, Porsche, Samsung, Evian.

Capital: $ 190 million

Biography: She was born near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where the reactor disaster had occurred the year before. Her parents therefore moved to Sochi with her. There, her father Yuri gave her her first tennis racket for her 4th birthday.

Martina Navratilova became aware of her as a child and brought her together with US coach Nick Bollettieri, who had shaped stars like Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova. Of course, the beautiful Russian's private life also made the headlines: She was with "Moroon 5" singer Adam Levine. Further relationships followed, most recently with the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. It is currently SINGLE!

Although she never came close to the sporting success of her fiercest competitor Serena Williams and lost to her twelve times in 15 encounters, she was better marketed, among other things, because of her bikini figure. She has become the most lucrative female athlete in the world to date and has just shot a spot for Porsche with Muhammad Ali.

Nickname: Masha

Title: 1x Australian Open, 2x French Open, 1x Wimbledon, 1, US Open.

13. Lionel Messi (28)

Advertising revenue: $ 22 million.

Twitter: No account

Partner: Adidas, EA Sports, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, PepsiCo

Capital: $ 180 million

Biography: Messi was born the son of an Argentine steelworker and at the age of three he was obsessed with playing soccer with his two brothers and cousins. At the age of six he played for his local club and scored nearly 500 goals there over the next six years.

When he was ten years old, doctors diagnosed him with hormonal disorders. Because his parents could not afford the treatment and no football club in his country wanted to cover the costs, they signed a contract for him with the Spanish club Barcelona. The contract was written on a napkin.

Messi has his mother Cecile's face tattooed on his right shoulder. The footballer has two children with Antonella Roccuzzo, whom he met in his hometown at the age of five. Together with Real Madrid's Ronaldo, he is considered the best footballer of his generation. But neither of them have ever been world champions.

Nickname: Leo

Title: Eternal top scorer in the Spanish league, 4 x footballer of the year, 7 x Spanish champion, 4 x Champions League winner.

14. Usain Bolt (29)

Advertising revenue: $ 21 million

Twitter followers: 3.9 million

Partner: Gatorade, Hublot, Nissan, PepsiCo, Puma.

Capital: $ 30 million

Biography: Was born in a small village on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. While his parents worked in a corner shop, he and his brother played football and cricket in the streets.

"As a child, I had nothing else on my mind but sports," he says of himself.

His dream: to become a professional cricket player. But his trainer realized how unusually fast the boy was. Today Bolt is the fastest man in the world, holding the records in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. Typical Jamaican: He loves reggae music and is considered relaxed. His show performances before and after the race made him so attractive as an advertising partner. Weakness: He's a Manchester United fan.

Nickname: lightning

Title: 2 x Olympic gold over 100 meters, 2 x Olympic gold over 200 meters, 2 x Olympic gold 100 meters relay, 7 x world champions.

15.Neymar (23)

Advertising revenue: $ 17 million.

Twitter followers: 20.5 million

Partner: Castrol, Knoami, Nike, Red Bull, VW

Capital: $ 75 million

Biography: Was born in Sao Paulo and his father, who was a footballer himself, had no doubt what would become of his son: the next Pele. As soon as he could run, he made the boy dance with the ball in the streets and in the square. In 2003, at the age of eleven, he was signed by FC Santos. He moved to Lionel Messi's club Barcelona for ten years.

The devout Christian Neymar (pays 10 percent of his income to the church) became a father at the age of 19. Although he never had a real relationship with the child's mother, he says: “I cried when I heard that I was going to be a father. At first I was scared. Then I was happy. " He has a close relationship with his sister, having had her face tattooed on one arm. In contrast, she immortalized his eyes on one of her arms.

Nickname: Juninho

Title: 1 x Brazilian champion, 1 x Spanish champion, 1 x Champions League winner, 1 x best footballer in the world, 2 x top scorer in the CL.

16. Andy Murray (28)

Advertising revenue: $ 16 million

Twitter followers: 3.9 million

Partner: HEAD, Rado, Standard Life, Under Armor

Capital: $ 70 million

Biography: Born in Glasgow, Scotland, when he was only three years old, his mother Judy sent him regular tennis training. He played his first tournament when he was five and against adults when he was eight.

As a 9-year-old, he was there when the boy scout Thomas Hamilton (43) shot 16 children, a teacher and himself. Murray doesn't talk about the tragedy. However, he wrote in a biography that he was part of a Hamilton Boy Scout group and that his mother knew him well. His fighting spirit is considered one of his greatest strengths. He is engaged to Nigel Sears and the two are expecting their first child in a few weeks.

Nickname: Muzza / Braveheart.

Title: 1 x Wimbledon, 1 x US Open, currently 2nd in the ATP world rankings.

17. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38)

Advertising revenue: $ 15 million

Twitter followers: 6.6 million

Partner: Burger King, FanDuel, Hublot, Shots.

Capital: $ 400 million

Biography: He was basically born in the ring. His father Floyd Sr. was a boxer who fought at welterweight against Sugar Ray Leonard. His uncle and youth coach Roger won two world titles. “My father beat me up a lot,” he says. When the father was jailed for drug trafficking, Floyd grew up with his grandmother. And she always knew that he belonged in the ring. “When I told her that I wanted to find a job, she said:‘ Don't do it. Keep boxing. ’"

Mayweather grew up in poverty ("There were seven of us in one room, often without electricity.") Result: When he got rich, he loved to show the world how much money he had. This and his outbursts of anger made him problematic for advertising partners. But he said: "Anyway, my exchanges are high enough."

For his last fight against Manny Pacquiao alone, he earned a staggering $ 180 million. He also spent 87 days in jail for regularly beating his girlfriend.

Nickname: "Money"

Title: 13 x world champions in 5 weight classes.

18. Derrick Rose (27)

Advertising revenue: $ 15 million.

Twitter followers: 2.4 million

Partner: Adidas, Foot Locker, Powerade, Wilson, Skullcandy

Capital: $ 70 million

Biography: Derrick was born in Englewood, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. He was the youngest of four brothers, all sent to play basketball by their mother. Her motto: Sport is the only way out of the ghetto. And she shielded Derrick from agents because it was clear to her that he was playing for the Chicago Bulls.

Derrick is strictly religious. He wears a bracelet on which the words "In the name of Jesus I play" are engraved. He also has several Christian tattoos. In 2012, his son, Derrick Jr., was born.

Nickname: The magician

Title: 2 x basketball world champion, 1 x most valuable player in the NBA.

19. Kei Nishikori (25)

Advertising revenue: $ 15 million

Twitter followers: 320 000

Partner: Adidas, Airweave, Delta, Jaguar, Wilson, TAG Heuer

Capital: $ 20 million

Biography: Was born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. His father is an engineer, his mother a piano teacher. His intellectual parents sent him to golf, made sure he read books and listened to classical music.

After high school, his parents sent him from Japan to Florida, where he went to IMG's tennis academy. Scandals, affairs, rumors: none. The Japanese man's vest is snow white. What makes him so valuable: He is the first Japanese to make it into the top 10 of the ATP world rankings.

Nickname: Special Kei, Project 45 (that's what it was called at IMG).

Title: No Grand Slam so far. However, he is 4th in the world rankings.

20. Serena Williams (34)

Advertising revenue: $ 13 million

Twitter followers: 6 million

Partner: Chase, Gatorade, Wilson, Nike, Hewlett-Packard

Capital: $ 145 million

Biography: She is the youngest of five sisters. Her parents, Richard Williams and mother Oracene Price, moved from Michigan to California, where they took their youngest daughters Venus and Serena to the tennis court every day from the age of three.The parents were so controlling they didn't send the girls to school. Rather, the father taught her himself while the mother trained her.

In addition to her parents, she had two other driving forces: 1. Racism. Serena had heard white tennis fathers and mothers talk about her over and over again. 2. Her sister Venus, with whom she always courted her parents' favor. Apart from the tennis court, the two Williams sisters repeatedly caused a sensation because of their provocative outfits with which they revolutionized the fashion of the "white sport".

Remarkable: Although she became a nightmare for the Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost 12 times in 15 games and won many more Grand Slams, she was never as effective as the blonde.

Nickname: Nothing.

Title: 6 x Wimbledon, 6 x US Open, 3 x French Open, 6 x Australian Open.

Far behind is the first German athlete in the ranking:

39. Mesut Oezil (27)

The midfielder is the first German among the top 100 advertising stars in the sport.

Advertising revenue: $ 6.5 million.

Twitter followers: 10 million

Partner: Adidas, Cyrus watches. Net worth: $ 70 million

66.Wladimir Klitschko (39, ex-heavyweight champ)

Advertising revenue: $ 3.5 million.

Twitter followers: No account.

Partner: Deutsche Telecom, S.oliver, McFit

Capital: $ 30 million.

91.Sebastian Vettel (28, Formula 1)

Advertising revenue: $ 1 million

Twitter followers: No account

Partner: Ferrari, Infiniti, Pirelli, Red Bull.

Capital: up to $ 50 million

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