Roger Federer Tops Forbes' 2020 List of Highest-Paid Athletes

Roger Federer tops Forbes' highest-paid athletes list Details here

30 May 2020 Roger Federer tops Forbes highest-paid athletes list Details here Written by Rajdeep Saha ¢erdot Sports

He is the first tennis player atop the annual list since it was created in 1990, rising from fifth a year ago and his previous highest ranking of No. 2 in 2013.

All that money saw him move up four places and become the first tennis player to top the list. Federer was the only tennis player to rank in the Top 20. "Virat Kohli ($26 million) and Conor McGregor ($48 million) were the lone representatives from cricket and mixed martial arts for the fifth straight year". And while National Basketball Association and NFL players have not seen a drastic financial impact from the coronavirus pandemic, athletes as a whole have seen a decrease in pay.

Football players Cristiano Ronaldo (£85.3m), Messi (£84.5m) and Neymar (£77.6m) and American basketball player LeBron James (£71.6m) rounded out the top five. The duo earned a combined $209 million in the past 12 months, which represented a $28 million drop from 2019.

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Roger Federer has become the first tennis player to reach the top of the Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes list since its creation in 1990.

But Naomi Osaka was ranked 29th after setting a record for a female athlete with $ 37.4 million in earnings over the last 12 months.

Forbes calculated that its top 100 earned a total of $1.1bn from endorsements, memorabilia and appearance fees, up 11% from a year ago, on top of a 12% gain in 2019.

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Note: These are pre-tax earnings over the past year, not total wealth or net worth.

The 15-time major victor Woods topped the Forbes list a record 12 times before an infidelity scandal helped end his run. A pair of unlikely, underwhelming National Football League quarterbacks completed the top 10, with Minnesota's Kirk Cousins earning $60.5 million and Philadelphia's Carson Wentz taking in $59.1 million. He has also ranked in the top three for 750 consecutive weeks - almost 15 years - and he had qualified for 18 out of 19 Slam finals from 2005 to 2010.

Tiger Woods was No. 1 for 11 straight years from 2001-11. The deal ended a partnership spanning two decades with longtime sponsor Nike.

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In 2018, he signed a 10-year blockbuster deal with Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo that would potentially pay him US$300 million over the duration.

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