The Indian captain Virat Kohli is the solitary cricketer in the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes 2020 which was announced on Friday, 29 May. Kohli, who was placed at 100th, rose to the 66th place in the list. The Indian captain recorded an earning of $26 million out of which he earned $24 million from endorsements whereas the remaining $2 million came from his salary and winnings.
On the other hand, Tennis legend Roger Federer tops the list for the first time. In fact, Federer became the first tennis player to reach the top of the highest-paid athletes since the list debut back in 1990. Federer recorded an earning of $106.3 million.
Virat Kohli earned a whopping $26 million
“His (Roger Federer) brand is pristine, which is why those that can afford to align with him clamor to do so,” University of Southern California sports business professor David Carter told the magazine.
Meanwhile, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the incomes of world-class athletes. A 9% dip from last year has been noticed and the total earning of all the players is $3.6 billion. In fact, the effects could also be noticed again next year due to the shutdown.
Football start and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the list with $105 million. Ronaldo earned $60 million from endorsements whereas he earned $45 million from salary. Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi is third on the list of highest-paid athletes with an annual income of $104 million.
Meanwhile, Brazillian footballer is fourth in the list with an earning of $95.5 million. Basketball sensation LeBron James is in fifth place with an annual income of $88.2 million.
Tennis stars Noami Osaka and legendary Serena Williams are only the two women in the list of 100 highest-paid athletes. Osaka is placed at the 29th rank with an earning of $37.4 million whereas Williams is at the 33rd place with $36 million earning.