The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2020 – Forbes

World's Highest-Paid Athletes

Roger Federer takes the top spot for the first time, with $106 million of pre-tax earnings, edging past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have swapped the No. 1 spot in three of the past four years.

The two soccer icons earned a combined $209 million during the past 12 months, a $28 million drop from 2019, due to salary reductions at many European soccer clubs when league play was halted in March

Cricket superstar Virat Kohli remains the only Indian in the Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes with total earnings of USD 26 million, jumping to the 66th spot from 100 in the 2020 standings

Here’s a look at the new top 10:

  • Roger Federer (tennis): $106.3 million
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $105 million
  • Lionel Messi (soccer): $104 million
  • Neymar (soccer): $95.5 million
  • LeBron James (basketball): $88.2 million
  • Stephen Curry (basketball): $74.4 million
  • Kevin Durant (basketball): $63.9 million
  • Tiger Woods (golf): $62.3 million
  • Kirk Cousins (football): $60.5 million
  • Carson Wentz (football): $59.1 million

Here are the top earners from sports not represented in the top 10:

  • Boxing: Tyson Fury ($57 million; No. 11 overall)
  • Racing: Lewis Hamilton ($54 million; No. 13)
  • MMA: Conor McGregor ($48 million; No. 16)
  • Baseball: Clayton Kershaw ($27.3 million; No. 57)

Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka posted the highest single-year earnings for a female athlete in the history of Forbes’ tracking at $37.4 million.

Earlier this month, the 22-year-old Japanese rising star said she’s working to overcome “crippling shyness” to use her new global platform in a positive way.

“For me, I have a lot of regrets before I go to sleep, and most of the regret is that I don’t speak out about what I’m thinking,” Osaka told CNN Sport.

Forbes noted the coronavirus pandemic has made an immediate impact on athletes’ earnings, as the combined $3.6 billion earned by the top 100 is a nine percent drop from last year.

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