Roger Federer is the highest-paid athlete in the world as only two women make top 100
The 38-year-old has earned a total of $ 106.3 million in the past 12 months, making him the first tennis player to appear on the list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.
Athletes from 10 sports and 21 different countries were on the list this year, but only two women were selected – still the highest representation of female athletes since 2016.
Federer, who has been a Grand Slam champion 20 times, has the best endorsement portfolio in the sporting world, with $ 100 million of his court revenues.
He overtook the football stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to take first place.
“The coronavirus pandemic has triggered pay cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, paving the way for a tennis player to rank as the highest-paid athlete in the world for the first time,” said the editor. chief of Forbes, Kurt Badenhausen.
“Roger Federer is the perfect pitcher for business, which translates into an unrivaled portfolio of top-notch brands worth $ 100 million a year for tennis greats.”
Juventus star Ronaldo placed second on the list after winning $ 105 million last year while fierce rival Messi, who plays for Barcelona, was third with $ 104 million, down by compared to first place in 2019.
Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and NBA legend LeBron James rounded out the top five with these two stars earning $ 95.5 million and $ 88.2 million respectively.
However, Osaka becomes the highest-paid female athlete in history after earning $ 37.4 million last year.
The 22-year-old raised his pre-tax total with a combination of cash prizes and endorsements, raising $ 1.4 million more than Williams.
The Forbes list takes into consideration factors such as cash prices, wages and endorsements as of June 1, 2019.
The top 100ers achieved a combined total of $ 3.6 billion in the past year, down 9% from the previous year.
And it seems likely that the high incomes of elite athletes will be even more affected in the future with the unstable economic situation around the world.
“The global health crisis proves that when the economy fails, even the world’s wealthiest athletes suffer,” added Badenhausen.
“Rider wages and revenues have skyrocketed over the past decade, but the two are heading for precipitous falls, as revenues fall for major sports leagues and businesses tighten their marketing budgets.”