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Top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020

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The sports personalities around the globe enjoy a huge fandom. Along with that, the money they earn is quite a large amount. Apart from the money they earn by playing, a large amount of money is earned from various endorsements.

Forbes has published a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020. The earnings of the players have gone done for the first time since the last four years. This has been due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc financially.

The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016.

Roger Federer is the first tennis player in the 30-year history to be at No. 1 spot in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020. He is followed by two football giants, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020:

10. Carson Wentz

Earnings: $59.1 m
Salary/Winnings: $55.1 m
Endorsements: $4 m
Sport: American football (NFL – Philadelphia Eagles)
Citizenship: United States

9. Kirk Cousins

Earnings: $60.5 m
Salary/Winnings: $58 m
Endorsements: $2.5 m
Sport: American football (NFL – Minnesota Vikings)
Citizenship: United States

8. Tiger Woods

Earnings: $62.3 m
Salary/Winnings: $2.3 m
Endorsements: $60 m
Sport: Golf
Citizenship: United States

7. Kevin Durant

Earnings: $63.9 m
Salary/Winnings: $28.9 m
Endorsements: $35 m
Sport: Basketball (NBA – Brooklyn Nets)
Citizenship: United States

6. Stephen Curry

Earnings: $74.4 m
Salary/Winnings: $30.4 m
Endorsements: $44 m
Sport: Basketball (NBA – Golden State Warriors)
Citizenship: United States

5. LeBron James

Earnings: $88.2 m
Salary/Winnings: $28.2 m
Endorsements: $60 m
Sport: Basketball (NBA – Los Angeles Lakers)
Citizenship: United States

4. Neymar

Earnings: $95.5 m
Salary/Winnings: $70.5 m
Endorsements: $25 m
Sport: Football (Ligue 1 – PSG)
Citizenship: Brazil

3. Lionel Messi

Earnings: $104 m
Salary/Winnings: $72 m
Endorsements: $32 m
Sport: Football (LaLiga – Barcelona)
Citizenship: Argentina

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Earnings: $105 m
Salary/Winnings: $60 m
Endorsements: $45 m
Sport: Football (Serie A – Juventus)
Citizenship: Portugal

1. Roger Federer

Earnings: $106.3 m
Salary/Winnings: $6.3 m
Endorsements: $100 m
Sport: Tennis
Citizenship: Switzerland

Among the top 10 highest paid athletes, 6 athletes are from the United States.

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