Every year, Forbes Magazine releases its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. The list takes various earnings into account, including their endorsements.
In 2020, athletes’ earnings dropped for the first time in four years because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019.
Here are the top 5 earning athletes in the world.
WHO ARE THE TOP 5 IN FORBES’ LIST OF HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES?
James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. At $88.2 million in earnings, he stood at number 5 on the list. He earned $60 million in endorsements and $28.2 million in salary/winnings.
Considered as one of the best players in the world, Neymar is a professional footballer from Brazil. He plays for the Brazil national team and the Paris Saint-Germain club. Neymar earned $25 million from endorsements and $70.5 million from salary/winnings. His total earnings were $95.5 million.
The Argentinian footballer is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards, and a record six European Golden Shoes. He plays for Barcelona and the Argentina national team, and has $104 million in earnings. He earned $72 million in salary/winnings and $32 million from endorsements.
Ronaldo plays for the club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world, he’s just $1 million ahead of Messi. His endorsements worth $45 million and salary/winnings worth $60 million made his earnings $105 million.
The Swiss player is ranked world No. 4 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Federer has 20 Grand Slam singles titles—the most in history for a male player—and has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. Roger earned a whopping $100 million from his endorsements. His winnings/salary worth $6.3 million added up to make his total earnings $106.3 million.