Forbes List of the Highest-Paid Athletes in the World for the Year 2020

Highest Paid Athletes in the World for the Year 2020

On Friday, the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes was released by Forbes, and there are quite some changes in comparison to last year’s list. All thanks to the novel coronavirus that the total income of the top hundred highest-paid athletes seems to have dropped. Well, this has happened for the first time in the last four years. Along with a total of $3.6 billion pre-tax income, the current list seems to be more versatile. By that, we mean that there are athletes from different regions of the world who play several different games. The biggest improvements in income ratings include that of super-athlete Roger Federer, who was at the 5th spot in the last year’s list. In the current chart of 2020, Federer leads the chart followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

It seems that baseball is one of those sports that is highly affected by the economic fallout due to the global pandemic. On the contrary, several basketball players have found spots in the current list of 2020’s highest-paid athletes around the world. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry have all made to the top-10 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes of 2020. Unfortunately, Russell Westbrook missed the top-10 list by just one spot, and he stands at the eleventh with an income of $57 million. Next, we move on to the seventeenth and eighteenth spot. These are filled by James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo respectively. The football players on the list are exceeding most of the others. So, you can expect to see the maximum names of football players in the top 100 list. Carson Wentz and the Kirk Cousins have made it to the Top-10.

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Top 10 list of athletes

Here is the list of the top-10 players who have made it to the top-10. However, the list of the highest-paid professional athletes in the world is long and consists of ninety more names. First, you can check out the best ones. Also, you must know that the earnings that you will find against each name are the pre-tax status of each of the athletes. So, it is evident that the figures will go down a bit after all the tax regulations are cleared. The following is the list of highest-paid athletes in decreasing order of earnings.

  • Carson Wentz- $59.1 million
  • Kirk Cousins- $60.5 million
  • Tiger Woods- $62.3 million
  • Kevin Durant- $63.9 million
  • Stephen Curry- $74.4 million
  • LeBron James- $88.2 million
  • Neymar- $95.5 million
  • Lionel Messi- $104 million
  • Cristiano Ronaldo- $105 million
  • Roger Federer- $106.3 million

Amidst all this, what strikes the eye is that there are just two female athletes who find a place in the list of top-100 highest-paid from around the world. They are Naomi Osaka who stands at the 29th position with $37.4 million. The other one is Serena Williams in the 33rd position with an earning of $36 million. Does that look like female athletes are not remunerated well?

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