Do you know who the world’s highest paid female athletes of 2019 are?
In the recently concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup, there were a lot of talks about Equal Pay in Sports. The Captain of the World Cup-winning USWNT Megan Rapinoe raised the voice for all the female athletes around the world and even had a Twitter spat with the President of the United States. But was the footballer, right? Turns out, hell yes!
The highest-paid women athlete of 2019 earned just 23% of what the highest-paid athlete of 2019, Lionel Messi earned. And that is a serious issue!
Let us take a look at 15 highest-paid female athletes 2019 and let us know if you think these athletes are in fact underpaid:
14Ariya Jutanugarn (Golf) | $5.3 million
The 23-year old Thai professional golfer is the 15th highest-paid female athlete of 2019. Ariya had an exceptional 2018 as she won LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe competition, pocketed $1 million winning bonus. She also won the US Women’s Open and worked with more than 10 brands. Her endorsements included big names like Titleist, Toyota, KBank and Thai Airways.
13Madison Keys (Tennis) | $5.5 million
Madison Keys made it to the semi-final of the French and US Open in 2018 and the final of the Fed Cup with the US team. The 24-year old is currently ranked 10th in the world as she won the 2019 Charleston Open, her first WTA Clay Court title. Keys is the brand ambassador for Nike, Evian, Wilson and Ultimate Software.
12P.V. Sindhu (Badminton) | $5.5 million
The only Indian and the only Badminton player from around the globe to be part of this list – PV Sindhu. World No. five is in the red hot form with the Gold in World Championship and is one of the most famous shuttlers in the country at the moment.
Her fame has also attracted several brands for endorsements. And the list of brands in Sindhu’s resume is impressive, to say the least – JBL, Bridgestone Tyres, Gatorade, Moov, Myntra, Flipkart, Nokia, Panasonic, Stayfree, Boost, APIS Himalaya, Ojasvita and the Bank of Baroda. The interesting thing to note is the fact that out of her $5.5 million earnings, $5m are from endorsements and just $500,000 in the form of prize money. And that is a huge gap in comparison to most of the stars on this list.
Alex Morgan (Football) | $5.8 million
One of the most popular names in the women’s football, Alex Morgan recently co-captained the USWNT to their second consecutive World title. The superstar forward plays for National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Orlando Pride in the US. Her reported salary is around $250,000 for the club.
Morgan is one of the most famous athletes in the United States. Her popularity has also made us famous amongst brands with Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires, Volkswagen, Panasonic, P&G and many more brands investing in the forward. The player has made a handful of appearances in films and television as well.
11Garbiñe Muguruza (Tennis) | $5.9 million
The winner of the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon has dropped down in this list along with her world ranking. Garbiñe was at the top the world in September 2017 but 2 years later, she is ranked 27th and is struggling to find her groove back. Despite her poor performances on the court, the Spaniard continues to be the brand ambassador for Mazda, BBVA Bank, Adidas, Babolat, Rolex, and Maui Jim.
10Venus Williams (Tennis) | $5.9 million
The elder of the Williams sisters, Venus Williams is way past her prime at the age of 39. But given her success and popularity, Venus is still famous amongst brands. The 4-time Olympic Gold medallist recently launched her very own YouTube channel as well. Venus is also the CEO of her own interior designed firm V Starr.
9Elina Svitolina (Tennis) | $6.1 million
2018 was a breakthrough year for Elina Svitolina as she won the WTA Finals, beating Sloane Stephens in three sets. The 24-year old received $2.4 million as the prize money. Currently ranked 5th in the world, Elina also reached the semi-final of the 2019 Wimbledon. The Ukrainian is also the brand ambassador for two of the biggest names in Tennis, Nike, and Wilson.
8Karolina Pliskova (Tennis) | $6.3 million
The 27-year old might not have won the Grand Slam title yet but she is a sensation at the WTA tours and the Fed Cup. Karolina has won 14 singles and 5 doubles titles on the WTA tours and has led the Czech Republic to three titles at the Fed Cup. The former World No. 1 is a huge name for FILA, the Italian Sports goods manufacturer company.
7Maria Sharapova (Tennis) | $7 million
The winner of 5 Grand Slam titles and the former World No. 1 is nowhere near her prime right now. In fact, Sharapova is currently ranked 87th. But the Russian has already made a name for herself outside Tennis and she continues to be a big name for various brands. Nike, Porsche, Head, Evian and Tag Heuer. And these brands are just tip of the iceberg. Maria has endorsed 100s of brands throughout her career. She also launched her own candy brand named Sugerpova in 2013.
6Caroline Wozniacki (Tennis) | $7.5 million
Caroline Wozniacki won 2018 Australian Open and was ranked World No. 1 after a gap of six years. She also won the Eastbourne International and China Open and became the fourth woman in the WTA history to cross the $30,000,000 mark in career prize money. The Dane international endorses Adidas and Lympo, a mobile app for a healthy lifestyle.
5Sloane Stephens (Tennis) | $9.6 million
The 26-year old won the 2017 US Open and reached the final of the 2018 WTA Finals. Sloane also achieved her highest world ranking in 2018 as she reached No. 3. The American’s contract with Nike is reportedly amongst one of the biggest contracts. Sloane is also the brand ambassador for Head, Mercedes Benz, doTerra, Colgate, American Express and Listerine.
4Simona Halep (Tennis) | $10.2 million
The Romanian Tennis star had one hell of a year in 2018 with the French Open title, her first-ever Grand Slam and finished as the highest earner from prize money with $33 million. The current World No. 4 also won the 2019 Wimbledon and is now a famous name amongst brands. Halep is the brand ambassador for Nike, Wilson, Mercedes-Benz, Hublot, Rexona and Coca Cola.
3Angelique Kerber (Tennis) | $11.8 million
Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams in straight sets at the final of the 2018 Wimbledon, winning her third title in the process. The former World No. 1 has since failed to repeat such heroics but remains in high demand amongst brands. The German is the ambassador for Adidas, SAP, Generali, NetJets, P&G, Shoulders, Yonex, Porsche, Rolex, and Lavazza.
2Naomi Osaka (Tennis) | $ 24.3 million
The winner of the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, Naomi Osaka signed a new deal with Nike in April this year, ending her four-year ride with Adidas. The Japanese is currently ranked 2nd in the World and still only aged 21 right now, has got a great career ahead of her. Osaka’s other brand endorsements include Nissan and Citizen Watch. The youngster is one of the most marketable athletes in Japan, and her deals include Nissin Foods, Shiseido, Wowow and All Nippon Airways.
1Serena Williams (Tennis) | $29.2 million
Surprise surprise! Tennis stars have bossed this list so far. So it is only fair for Serena Williams to boss them all, just like she does on the court. Serena is one of the most successful female athletes of all time, and we are not just talking about Tennis.
The 37-year old has won everything there was to win and is still going strong. Her fame and success have made one of the most marketable athletes in the world and the list of the brands she endorses proves that. Serena has endorsement deals with Gatorade, Nike, Delta Air Lines, Audemars Piguet, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, Mission Athletecare, Berlei, OPI Products, OnePiece, IBM, Mini, Intel, Tempur and Chase Bank.