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Martin Jahns

The Richest Athletes in the World

Forbes Ranking 2020: Roger Federer Is Highest Paid Athlete

Tennis star Roger Federer even outshines football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Forbes ranking of the highest paid athletes in 2020. Only two women make it into the top 100.

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Roger Federer is the best earning athlete in 2020.

Roger Federer is the highest-earning athlete in 2020. This is the conclusion reached by Forbes in its athlete ranking for 2020, which takes into account prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements, royalties and appearance fees from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. The Swiss tennis star had total revenues of 106.3 million dollars (approx. 95 million euros) in this year's ranking. Of this, 6.3 million dollars were prize money and 100 million dollars were income from endorsements. In the previous year, Federer was in fifth place with a earnings of 93.4 million dollars.

In second place comes soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus Turin with a pay of 105 million dollars (60 million dollars salary, 45 million dollars endorsements). Third is Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona with 104 million dollars (72 million dollars salary, 32 million dollars endorsements). In 2019, Messi was the highest earning athlete.

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams Only Women in Top 100

Only two women made it into the ranking of the 100 highest paid athletes. The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka is in 29th place with 37.4 million dollars (3.4 million dollars in prize money, 34 million dollars in endorsements). US tennis queen Serena Williams comes in at 36 million dollars in pay, making her 33rd (4 million dollars in prize money, 32 million dollars in endorsements).

The Forbes Top 20 at a Glance

Position Name Total pay (in million dollars) Salary/Winnings (in million dollars) Endorsements (in million dollars) Sport
1 Roger Federer 106.3 6.3 100 Tennis
2 Cristiano Ronaldo 105 60 45 Football
3 Lionel Messi 104 72 32 Football
4 Neymar 95.5 70.5 25 Football
5 LeBron James 88.2 28.2 60 Basketball
6 Stephen curry 74.4 30.4 44 Basketball
7 Kevin Durant 63.9 28.9 35 Basketball
8 Tiger Woods 62.3 2.3 60 Golf
9 Kirk Cousins 60.5 58 2.5 American Football
10 Carson Wentz 59.1 55.1 4 American Football
11 Tyson Fury 57 50 7 Boxing
12 Russell Westbrook 56 29 27 Basketball
13 Lewis Hamilton 54 42 12 Formula 1
14 Rory McIlroy 52 22 30 Golf
15 Jared Goff 49 47 2 American Football
16 Conor McGregor 48 32 16 Mixed Martial Arts
17 James Harden 47.8 28.8 19 Basketball
18 Giannis Antetokounmpo 47.6 19.6 28 Basketball
19 Anthony Joshua 47 36 11 Boxing
20 Deontay Wilder 46.5 46 0.5 Boxing

 

Author:
Martin Jahns
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