American business magazine Forbes recently published its annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. Experts calculated the earnings of players, putting together their prize money, salaries and income from advertising contracts between June 2019 and June 2020.
The top 100 included athletes from 25 countries, their total earnings grew by 4 billion. 5% compared to the previous year.
These are the Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World 2020;
- Kevin Durant (basketball) – $65.4 Million
- Stephen Curry (basketball) – $79.8 Million
- LeBron James (basketball) – $89 Million
- Aaron Rodgers (American Football) – $89.3 Million
- Russell Wilson (American Football) – $89.5 Million
- Roger Federer (tennis) – $93.4 Million
- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (boxing) – $94 Million
- Neymar (football) – $105 Million
- Cristiano Ronaldo (football) – $109 Million
- Lionel Messi (football) – $127 Million
10. Kevin Durant (basketball) – $65.4 Million
ap2nedl1Basketball star is not yet the richest athlete in the world, but confidently enters the top ten rich of the sport, ahead of the 11th number (Tiger Woods) at 1.5 million dollars.
In 2018, Durant earned $35 million through sponsors (Google, Alaska Air Group, Nike and others), as well as investments in more than 30 companies.
9. Stephen Curry (basketball) – $79.8 Million
The Golden State Warriors quarterback is one of the most sought-after athletes in the world in recent years. In 2017, he signed a contract for 200 million. Dollars.
In addition to his sports activities, Curry also owns the production company Unanimous Media. And his sponsorship list includes Chase, Nissan Motor, Under Armour and others.
8. LeBron James (basketball) – $89 Million
The Los Angeles Lakers forward is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his entry into the world’s highest-paid athletes of 2019 certainly confirms that view.
LeBron’s advertising portfolio includes Beats Electronics, Coca-Cola, KIA Motors, Nike and many other well-known companies.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron’s team will meet the Clippers at Staples Center in December. This will be the NBA’s main Christmas game.
7. Aaron Rodgers (American Football) – $89.3 Million
The two-time MVP winner was ranked 7th in Forbes’ list of the world’s richest athletes of 2019. Last August, Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million contract with the Green Bay Packers. He also acquired a minority stake in the NBA team Milwaukee Bucks.
Its advertising partners include Prevea Healthcare, Panini, Adidas, Bose and State Farm.
6. Russell Wilson (American Football) – $89.5 Million
The American football player recently became the NFL’s highest-paid player after signing a four-year, $140 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson led the Seahawks to A Bowl victory in the 2013-14 season.
In addition to his salary of 80.5 million. Wilson received $9 million. dollars from their partners: Wilson Sporting Goods, Amazon, Alaska Air Group, Bose, Mercedes-Benz and Nike.
5. Roger Federer (tennis) – $93.4 Million
The Swiss professional tennis player currently ranks third in the world among men’s tennis. Federer is now nearing the end of his career, but he was number one for six consecutive years and has won 19 grands prix in his career.
Federer earned $86 million from his partners Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Rolex, making him the highest-paid athlete through advertising contracts. And Japanese sports giant Uniqlo signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the tennis star last year.
4. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (boxing) – $94 Million
One of the brightest stars of boxing is also the richest athlete in his sport. $92 million brought him performances in the ring, and another 2 million. Alvarez received dollars thanks to promotional deals with DA’N and Everlast.
DA’N has allocated $365 million in 2018 to sponsor Alvarez’s next 11 fights. The first two fights on the streaming service brought the Mexican boxer about 50 million dollars, and future fights could potentially cost 35 million dollars each.
3. Neymar (football) – $105 Million
Messi’s former team-mate and Paris Saint-Germain star – Neymar is the third richest athlete in the world.
A significant part of its revenues is provided by numerous advertising contracts with DA’N, Beats Electronics, Electronic Arts, Gillette, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Nike, Red Bull, TCL and many other companies.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (football) – $109 Million
One of the most beautiful footballers in the world currently plays for Juventus, moving there from Real Madrid in 2018.
Ronaldo is considered by his fans as the best footballer in the world and constantly fights with Lionel Messi for this title. In fact, over the past few years, these two players have been the only players to receive the Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo also boasts an incredible number of followers on social media. Recently, he became the most popular sports celebrity on Instagram, where he has almost 400 million subscribers.
Impressive 44 million Cristiano brought dollars of the total amount of advertising agreements with Nike, Herbalife, Altice, DA’N, MTG, Electronic Arts and many others.
1. Lionel Messi (football) – $127 Million
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi topped the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time, taking over as boxer Floyd Mayweather, the 2018 leader. Messi is the richest athlete in the world in 2020. He is a six times ballon d’Or award winner making him one of the best football legends to ever walk the face of the earth.
And even Cristiano Ronaldo, who made one of the most expensive transfers in the history of football last season, was only second on the list.
About $35 million was earned by the world’s highest-paid sportsman thanks to advertising partners such as Adidas, MasterCard, Gatorade, Huawei, and PepsiCo.
It is noteworthy that the players for the first time got into the top three richest athletes since 1990 – that is since Forbes began to track the income of sports stars.
These are the Top 20 Richest Athletes in the World 2020:
|1||Lionel Messi||$127 M||$92 M||$35 M||Football|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||$109 M||$65 M||$44 M||Football|
|3||Neymar||$105 M||$75M||$30 M||Football|
|4||Canelo Alvarez||$94M||$92 M||$2 M||Boxing|
|5||Roger Federer||$93.4M||$7.4M||$86 M||Tennis|
|6||Russell Wilson||$89.5M||$80.5M||$9 M||Football|
|7||Aaron Rodgers||$89.3 M||$80.3 M||$9 M||Football|
|8||LeBron James||$89 M||$36 M||$53 M||Basketball|
|9||Stephen Curry||$79.8 M||$37.8 M||$42 M||Basketball|
|10||Kevin Durant||$65.4 M||$30.4 M||$35 M||Basketball|
|11||Tiger Woods||$63.9 M||$9.9 M||$54 M||Golf|
|12||Ben Roethlisberger||$55.5 M||$54.5 M||$1 M||Football|
|13||Lewis Hamilton||$55 M||$45 M||$10 M||Auto racing|
|13||Anthony Joshua||$55 M||$45 M||$10 M||Boxing|
|13||Khalil Mack||$55 M||$54 M||$1 M||Football|
|16||Russell Westbrook||$53.7 M||$35.7 M||$18 M||Basketball|
|17||Novak Djokovic||$50.6 M||$20.6 M||$30 M||Tennis|
|17||Mike Trout||$50.6 M||$47.6 M||$3 M||Baseball|
|19||Phil Mickelson||$48.4 M||$12.4 M||$36 M||Golf|
|20||James Harden||$47.7 M||$30.7 M||$17 M||Basketball|