Can be considered the highest paying sport is one in which at least one of the athletes receives a higher salary. If you define a sport vysokooplachivaemoi thus, by the end of 2013, the most profitable kind of sport can be considered Boxing. The world champion on Boxing on the average weight of 37-year-old American Floyd Mayweather Jr. could earn for the year $105 million.

The next highest paid athlete in the world is a Portuguese footballer Madrid "real "Cristiano Ronaldo. Last year it earned about $80 million dollars.

Third place in the list went to the basketball player of NBA club "Miami Heath" LeBron James. The income of an American during the past year amounted to $72.3 million dollars.

It should be understood that these amounts include not only wages, but also revenues from advertising contracts, which stipulate that athletes often receive amounts significantly exceed their direct earnings from sport.

On the fourth and fifth place is another representative of a football player and basketball player. It is accordingly the player of "Barcelona" Lionel Messi and a representative of the "Los Angeles Lakers" Kobe Bryant. The first managed to earn $64 million over the past year and the second $61,5 million.

The TOP 15 athletes with the highest income is just three golfers. One of them is tiger woods, who earned $61,2 million. He was the highest paid athlete in the world over the past eleven years — from 2001 to 2012, but it has lost its leadership in connection with the termination of several favorable from a financial point of view contracts. The other two golfers are Phil Mickelson and Arnold Palmer, who recently finished his career.

Among the most highly paid athletes in the world meet representatives of ice hockey, American football, races of "Formula-1" and baseball.
If we assume the highest paid sport is one that has at its disposal the largest turnover is by far football. Unlike other sports that are popular on separate continents or among certain groups of the population, football is popular everywhere. The exact turnover in this sport is impossible to calculate, but its okay you can imagine, given that the income of the International football Federation FIFA only from the World Cup 2014 in Brazil amounted to over $4.5 billion.
If you calculate the average salary of all members of a particular sport, out of competition are the race "Formula 1". The average salary riders at the end of 2013 amounted to $5.5 million. However, the sport has only 20 athletes.