The highest paid athletes in the world – 2020 (Forbes)

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The list of the highest paid athletes in the world according to Forbes was first headed by the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. Due to the pandemic that forced the largest sports tournaments to be canceled for the first time since World War II, the income of 100 rating participants this year fell after several years of continuous growth.

The income of the highest paid athletes in the world, according to Forbes, declined for the first time in four years. This is due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to which many important sporting events were canceled or rescheduled for the first time since World War II.

For this year, the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world together earned $ 3.6 billion – 9% less than last year. The incomes of the rating participants decreased for the first time since 2016. But in that year, the fall was only due to the “high base” of the previous year, when the total income of the world sports elite took off after the “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, for which the boxers earned $ 400 million.

The first line of the ranking for the first time in history was taken by tennis player Roger Federer, who over the past 12 months has earned $ 106 million before taxes. Thus, he overtook football players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who succeeded each other on the first line of the rating three times in the last four years. Over the past 12 months, two world football legends have earned a total of $ 209 million, i.e. $ 28 million less than in 2019. This is due to a decrease in salaries in many European football clubs caused by the suspension of the game season in March 2020.

In the entire history of the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world, which Forbes has been releasing since 1990, Roger Federer was only the ninth athlete to take first place. He also became the first tennis player who managed to lead the rating for 30 years of its existence. Over the past 12 months, Roger Federer has earned $ 100 million off the court thanks to sponsorship agreements with Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and 10 other companies. No other athlete has so many sponsorship contracts. Cristiano Ronaldo earned $ 45 million in sponsorship deals with Nike, Altice, Herbalife and with his own brand CR7. Lionel Messi earned $ 32 million under contracts with Adidas, MasterCard and PepsiCo.

According to Forbes, athletes from 21 countries were included in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. Participants in the ranking perform in 10 sports. For the first time since 2016, two women were immediately included in the rating – tennis players Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams (in 2016, tennis player Maria Sharapova was a company in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world Serena Williams). Naomi Osaka earned $ 3.4 million for victory in tournaments, and $ 34 million under sponsorship agreements with brands like Nike, Nissan Motor and Procter & Gamble. She became the highest paid athlete in the history of world sports. Previously, only tennis players became the highest paid athletes. Women from other sports have so far never managed to get this title.

Although the ranking of the highest-paid athletes in the world contains the most NBA players, this year it attracted quite a lot of American football players playing in the National Football League. Due to the fact that the game season in the NFL begins at the end of summer, the COVID-19 pandemic did not significantly affect the salaries of players. In total, 31 NFL athletes were included in the rating, although last year only 19 American football players became participants in the rating. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on Major League Baseball. Due to the postponement of the start of the season, which was supposed to take place in March 2020, only one professional baseball player got into the rating. This is the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Last year, 15 baseball players became participants in the ranking.

At the moment, after a long break, only the NASCAR series races and the German Bundesliga games have resumed. Most likely, next year, the total income of the highest paid athletes in the world will also decline.

As we thought

To assess athletes’ income, Forbes took into account their prize money in tournaments, wages for professional contracts and bonuses received from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. Forbes took into account wages for the entire game season, if it was a question of European football or NBA players, since after June 1, 2020 they will still receive wages for the game season, which usually ends by this time. However, due to the delay in the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes lowered the total salary of basketball players by 25%, based on data on the maximum reduction in salaries in the NBA. Depending on the club, Forbes also reduced the salaries of European football players for several months to 70%.

To assess the income of American football players, Forbes took into account their base salary for 2019, as well as bonuses earned over the past 12 months, including bonuses for the athlete remaining in the team, for signing a new contract, for entering the NFL playoffs and for extra workouts after the season ends. To assess the income of golfers and tennis players, Forbes took into account their prize money in tournaments received over the past 12 months.

In addition, Forbes took into account the income of athletes from sponsorship agreements, royalties and payments for participation in various events from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. To assess this portion of each athlete’s earnings, Forbes interviewed dozens of experts in the industry. If we were talking about golfers, Forbes also took into account their income for the design of golf courses. All athletes’ earnings are shown before taxes. Forbes also did not account for agent payments and return on investment. The ranking included athletes who performed in their sports from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

1. Roger Federer

Total revenue: $ 106.3 million

Sport Type: Tennis

Salary / Prize: $ 6.3 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 100 Million

Citizenship: Switzerland

Cristiano Ronaldo
LYON, FRANCE – February 26: Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Juventus during team warm up before the Lyon V Juventus, UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, 1st leg match, at Groupama Stadium on February 26th 2020 in Lyon, France (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Total revenue: $ 105 million

Sport Type: Football

Salary / Prize: $ 60 Million

Advertising contracts: $ 45 million

Citizenship: Portugal

Lionel Messi

3. Lionel Messi

Total revenue: $ 104 million

Sport Type: Football

Salary / Prize: $ 72 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 32 Million

Citizenship: Argentina

Neymar
DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 18: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on February 18, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

4. Neymar

Total revenue: $ 95.5 million

Sport Type: Football

Salary / Prize: $ 70.5 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 25 Million

Citizenship: Brazil

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

5. LeBron James

Total revenue: $ 88.2 million

Sport Type: Basketball

Salary / prize: $ 28.2 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 60 Million

Citizenship: US

Stephen Curry
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before their game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 05, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

6. Stephen Curry

Total revenue: $ 74.4 million

Sport Type: Basketball

Salary / Prize: $ 30.4 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 44 Million

Citizenship: US

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 04: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center on November 04, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)

7. Kevin Durant

Total revenue: $ 63.9 million

Sport Type: Basketball

Salary / Prize: $ 28.9 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 35 Million

Citizenship: US

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 16: Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational on February 16, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

8. Tiger Woods

Total revenue: $ 62.3 million

Sport Type: Golf

Salary / Prize: $ 2.3 Million

Advertising Contracts: $ 60 Million

Citizenship: US

Kirk Cousins
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 11: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Round Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

9. Kirk Cousins

Total revenue: $ 60.5 million

Sport Type: American Football

Salary / Prize: $ 58 million

Advertising Contracts: $ 2.5 Million

Citizenship: US

Carson Wentz
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 05: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass the ball during the NFC Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on January 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

10. Carson Wentz

Total revenue: $ 59.1 million

Sport Type: American Football

Salary / Prize: $ 55.1 million

Advertising Contracts : $ 4 Million

Citizenship: US

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