Highest Paid Athlete List: Despite Covid-19, top 50 athletes earned $2.8 billion, 16% increae from 2020

Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Top 50 athletes including Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo earned a record $2.8 billion
Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Top 50 athletes including Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo earned a record $2.8 billion

Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: For athletes, year 2020 wasn’t a great time with multiple events got postponed or cancelled including the UEFA Euro 2020 and Tokyo Olympics. As clubs faced financial crunch without ticket sales, some players took a hit with salary cut – but it seem the top 50 atheltes of the world stayed unaffected.

Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Despite Covid-19, top 50 athletes earned $2.8 billion, 16% increae from 2020

Despite Covid-19 pandemic, top 50 Highest Paid Athlete registered a record 16% rise in their earnings. As per Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List, the Top 50 athletes combined earned $2.8 billion, an all-time high with Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charts.

As per Forbes, out of the $2.8 billion, more than $1 billion came from endorsement deals. Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, UFC star Conor McGregor, basketball star LeBron James and Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka earning the most from endorsements.

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Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Roger Federer, who played only one tournament in 2020 and spent the rest of the year recovering from two knee surgeries, earned only a little over half a million from the semifinal finish. The rest of his $90 million came from endorsements. Similarly, Conor McGregor earned a whopping $158 million from endorsements, the highest amongst the athletes, of his $180 million income for the period of May 2020 and May 2021.

However, there are a few athletes who earned the most from their contracts or salaries with their respective clubs. Dak Prescott, the quarterback for Dallas Cowboys in the US’ NFL, earned the most — $97.5 million — from his club with only $10 million coming from endorsement deals. FC Barcelona and Argentina’s football superstar Lionel Messi too earned the most from his club contract with $97 million. He is in 2nd place with $33 million coming from endorsements.

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Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Juventus and Portugal’s football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at the 2nd place in 2019-2020 earned $120 million in total with $70 million coming from on-field earnings and the rest $50 million coming from endorsements.

Among women athletes, Naomi Osaka’s stocks rose significantly, shooting her to 12th place on the list with a total earning of $60 million. She is the highest-paid woman athlete, eclipsing fellow tennis star Serena Williams ($40 million). Osaka only earned $5 million from tournament prize money and the rest of $45 million came from her huge endorsement deals.

Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List: Despite Covid-19, top 50 athletes earned $2.8 billion, 16% increae from 2020

Top 10 List:

Pos Name Total earnings On-Field Endorsements Sports
#1 Conor McGregor $180 M $22 M $158 M Mixed Martial Arts
#2 Lionel Messi $130 M $97 M $33 M Soccer
#3 Cristiano Ronaldo $120 M $70 M $50 M Soccer
#4 Dak Prescott $107.5 M $97.5 M $10 M American Football
#5 LeBron James $96.5 M $31.5 M $65 M Basketball
#6 Neymar $95 M $76 M $19 M Soccer
#7 Roger Federer $90 M $30 K $90 M Tennis
#8 Lewis Hamilton $82 M $70 M $12 M Auto Racing
#9 Tom Brady $76 M $45 M $31 M American Football
#10 Kevin Durant $75 M $31 M $44 M Basketball
#12 Naomi Osaka $60 M $5 M $55 M Tennis

 

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