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Forbes 50 highest-paid athletes in the world for 2020″Roger Federer edges out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

The Swiss tennis legend,Roger Federer has been crowned No 1 on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes.

Federer, who is a 20-time grand slam champion, edged out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Rinaldo, Neymar, and basketball legend LeBron James to take the top spot after he earned a total of $106.3 million over the past 12 months.

Forbes explained that the Coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for Messi and Ronaldo, paving the way for Federer,making him the first tennis player to top Forbes’ world’s 100 highest-paid athletes list.

boasts the best endorsement portfolio in the world of sport, with $100 million (£80.7m) of his earnings coming off the court.

The Juventus and Barcelona superstars, made £84.8m and £84m respectively…while,Federer unparalleled endorsement portfolio of blue-chip brands worth $100 million a year for the tennis great.”

Tyson Fury is the world’s highest paid boxer, earning $10m more than Anthony Joshua over the past 12 months.

Tiger Woods and Lewis Hamilton are comfortably the highest-paid athletes in golf and formula one respectively.

TOP 50 HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS BELOW.

1. Roger Federer | Tennis | $106.3m
Roger Federer has been named the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo | Football | $105m
3. Lionel Messi | Football | $104m
4. Neymar | Football | $95.5m
5. Lebron James | Basketball | $88.2m
6. Stephen Curry | Basketball | $74.4m
7. Kevin Durant | Basketball | $63.9m
8. Tiger Woods | Golf | $62.3m
9. Kirk Cousins | American Football | $60.5m
10. Carson Wentz | American Football | $57.1m
11. Tyson Fury | Boxing | $57m
12. Russell Westbrook | Basketball | $57m
13. Lewis Hamilton | Formula One | $54m
14. Rory McIlroy | Golf | $52m
15. Jared Goff | American Football | $49m
16. Conor McGregor | UFC | $48m
17. James Harden | Basketball | $47.8m
18. Giannis Antetokounmpo | Basketball | $47.6m
19. Anthony Joshua | Boxing | $47m
20. Deontay Wilder | Boxing | $46.5m
21. Tom Brady | American Football | $45m
22. Drew Brees | American Football | $44.8m
23. Novak Djokovic | Tennis | $44.6m
24. Kyrie Irving | Basketball | $41.9m
25. Phil Mickelson | Golf | $40.8m

26. Julio Jones | American Football | $39.5m
27. Rafael Nadal | Tennis | $40m
28. Klay Thompson | Basketball | $38.8m
29. Naomi Osaka | Tennis | $37.4m

30. Canelo Alvarez | Boxing | $30m
31. Damian Lillard | Basketball | $37m
32. Sebastian Vettel | Formula One | $36.3m
33. Serena Williams | Tennis | $36m
34. Mohamed Salah | Football | $35.1m
35. Chris Paul | Basketball | $35m
36. Kylian Mbappe | Football | $33.8m
37. Grady Jarrett | American Football | $33.1m
38. Paul George | Basketball | $32.8m
39. Michael Thomas | American Football | $32.4m

40. Kei Nishikori | Tennis | $32.1m
41. Blake Griffin | Basketball | $31.9m
42. John Wall | Basketball | $31.2m
43. Kawhi Leonard | Basketball | $30.5m
44. Anthony Davis | Basketball | $30.4m
45. Aaron Rodgers | American Football | $30.1m
46. Andres Iniesta | Football | $29.6m
47. Matt Ryan | American Football | $29.5m
48. Daniel Ricciardo | Formula One | $29m
49. Mesut Ozil | Football | $28.7m
50. Kyle Lowry | Basketball | $28.5m

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