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Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of all Time 2020 | Best Rated in the World (FORBES)

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Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes of all Time 2020 | Best Rated in the World (FORBES). 

Highest Paid Athletes of all Time: It is commonplace these days to read and hear of athletes earning outrageous sums. The question of the highest earners has always popped and we have thought it necessary to answer this begging question.

Here are the list of top 10 highest paid athletes of all time.

1. ROGER FEDERER.

ROGER FEDERER

Pretax earnings: $106 million

Federer regained the crown for highest career prize on the ATP Tour together with his success on the court in 2017. At $111.9 million earning, he surpassed that of Christiano Ronaldo to rest his pretax earnings at ($106.8 million).


2. CRISTIANO RONALDO.

Pretax earnings: $105 million

Ronaldo is rising up the charts as the world’s highest paid sports person the past 2 years, as well as $93 million as at June 12, 2017. He just joined Juventus for $105 million this month.


3. LIONEL MESSI.

LIONEL MESSI

Pretax earnings: $104 million

Barcelona icon, Messi in November, 2017 extended his stay at Camp Nou through the 2020-21 season. The contract clause for Messi doubled in the new deal to $835 million.


4. NEYMAR.

Pretax Earnings: $95.5

Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary. His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.


5. LEBRON JAMES.

LEBRON JAMES

Pretax earnings: $88.2 million

The NBA’s foremost pitchman became Intel and Verizon endorsement clients in 2017 ; same as Coca-Cola, Beats by Dre, Kia Motor and Nike. King James owns a stake in seventeen Blaze Pizzas, the fastest-growing food-service business in history.


6. STEPHEN CURRY.

Pretax Earnings: $74.4 Million

The two-time MVP signed the NBA’s first $200 million contract in 2017; he’s had the league’s top salary the past three seasons. In 2017, Curry formed a new company, SC30, which manages his investments, brand partnerships and philanthropic ventures.


7. KEVIN DURANT.

Pretax Earnings: $63.9 Million

After three years with the Golden State Warriors, Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 under a four-year, $164 million contract. Durant was sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during the 2019 NBA Finals.

The ten-time All-Star banks $35 million from sponsors, but he’s also invested in more than 40 companies, including Postmates and investing app Acorns.


8. TIGER WOODS.

Pretax Earnings: $62.3 Million

 

The 14-time major winner has vie solely eighteen official PGA Tour events since the beginning of 2014 due to injuries. Partnering with him is still valuable, with TaylorMade, Bridgestone and Monster Energy as his main sponsors.


9. KIRK COUSINS.

Pretax Earnings: $60.5 Million

Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Vikings in March 2020 that included a $30 million signing bonus. The QB originally joined Minnesota in 2018 after six seasons in Washington; the $84 million deal was fully guaranteed, a rarity in the NFL.


10. CARSON WENTZ.

Pretax Earnings: $59.1 Million

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Carson Wentz to a contract extension in June 2019 worth $128 million over four years. The deal included a $16.4 million signing bonus, as well as a $30 million option bonus paid in March 2020. Wentz has a robust endorsement portfolio with Nike, NRG, Bobcat, Amazon, Sanford Health, Bose, Scheels and BlackRidge Bank.


 

 

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs.

♦ Are gross earnings taken into account when taking stock of the worth of athletes?

No. Only the net revenue is accounted for.

♦ Is the revenue from sporting ventures used to value athletes worth?

No. The revenue from their total financial dealings, be it sporting or otherwise, are taken into account.

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