The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t gradual the earnings of the elite sports activities stars in 2020.
Based on an annual record launched by Forbes, the top-10 highest paid athletes throughout all sports activities grossed $1.05 billion within the final calendar 12 months, a 28% enhance from the earlier 12 months’s prime 10.
Most of the athletes earned large parts of their earnings exterior of the salaries from their sport within the types of investments, endorsements and media manufacturing offers. The greenback figures beneath are a calculations from Forbes.
Here’s a record of the ten highest-paid athletes of 2020 and the way they made their cash:
10. Kevin Durant, $75 million
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has turn out to be an energetic investor up to now few years.
Durant’s investment firm Thirty Five Ventures invested in Coinbase
whose April IPO noticed his 2017 funding develop 53 instances what it was value then. Durant’s agency additionally invested in meals supply firm Postmates earlier than its sale to Uber
Durant has huge earnings from his Nike
contract and his over NBA wage — he’s the second-highest incomes basketball participant on this record.
Durant’s 2020 earnings have been $31 million on the courtroom, and $44 million off the courtroom.
9. Tom Brady, $76 million
In his first 12 months with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Tom Brady gained the Tremendous Bowl. His new contract with the crew introduced him $45 million in on-field earnings.
The remainder of Brady’s earnings got here from endorsements offers with firms together with Underneath Armour
Fanatics and eyewear maker Christopher Cloos.
Brady’s 2020 earnings have been $45 million on the sphere, and $31 million off the sphere.
8. Lewis Hamilton, $82 million
Formulation 1 driver Lewis Hamilton made most of his cash on the monitor in 2020 after profitable his sixth championship within the final seven years.
Hamilton, who drives for Daimler-owned
Mercedes on the F1 circuit, has endorsements offers that embrace Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Vitality and Puma.
Hamilton’s 2020 earnings have been $70 million on the monitor, and $12 million off the monitor.
7. Roger Federer, $90 million
Tennis star Roger Federer had a tough 2020 from a tennis perspective. Federer had a number of accidents that precluded him from profitable any tournaments.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner nonetheless had a robust 12 months financially, as his sponsorships with firms together with Rolex, Credit score Suisse
and Uniqlo made him $90 million.
Federer’s $90 million in 2020 earnings have been completely made off the tennis courtroom.
6. Neymar, $95 million
Soccer star Neymar is the third soccer participant within the top-10 highest earners of 2020. The Brazilian ahead performs for French soccer membership Paris Saint-Germain, a crew who paid him $76 million within the final 12 months.
Neymar advantages from endorsements offers with Puma and Epic Games, and has 282 million followers on Fb
Instagram and Twitter
the place athletes can earn cash for sponsored posts.
Neymar’s 2020 earnings have been $76 million on the sphere, and $19 million off the sphere.
5. LeBron James, $96.5 million
NBA star LeBron James had a busy 2020. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to a world championship within the NBA bubble at Disney
World and was concerned in a number of off-court social justices causes.
Within the final 12 months, James became the highest career earner in NBA history at $346 million over his 18 seasons.
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James’s off-court endorsements embrace offers with Nike, Apple’s
Beats by Dre, fast-food pizza chain Blaze Pizza, and a small stake in Fenway Sports activities Group (FSG), which owns the Boston Pink Sox, Liverpool FC.
James’s 2020 earnings have been $31.5 million on the courtroom, and $65 million off the courtroom.
4. Dak Prescott, $107.5 million
It pays to be the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
Star quarterback Dak Prescott was already making over $30 million final season from the Dallas Cowboys, however the crew determined to provide Prescott a contract extension within the offseason with large lump sum fee, based on sports activities contract web site Spotrac.
Prescott’s 2020 earnings have been $97.5 million on the sphere, and $10 million off the sphere.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, $120 million
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the second footballer on this record, and has turn out to be a mainstay on Forbes top-10 highest earners lists over time.
He advantages from a lifetime contract with Nike and sells his CR7 branding to many equipment, resorts and gymnasiums.
Ronaldo’s 2020 earnings have been $70 million on the sphere, and $50 million off the sphere.
2. Lionel Messi, $130 million
FC Barcelona star ahead Lionel Messi is another mainstay on the top earners list from Forbes. The 33-year-old footballer is broadly thought-about one of many best gamers ever and was the highest soccer earner on the planet for 2020.
Messi’s 2020 earnings have been $97 million on the sphere, and $33 million off the sphere.
- Conor McGregor, $180 million
The highest athlete earner of 2020 was MMA fighter Conor McGregor.
McGregor fought only one time in 2020, at UFC 257. He earned $22 million in a battle the place he misplaced by knockout to Dustin Poirier.
The Irish fighter’s endorsement portfolio contains offers with DraftKings
the videogame Dystopia, and the life-style model Roots of Combat. His largest deal by far got here when he offered his majority stake in his whiskey model Correct No. Twelve. The deal netted the fighter effectively over $100 million, based on Forbes.
McGregor’s 2020 earnings have been $22 million within the octagon, and $158 million out of the octagon.
All the top-10 highest paid athletes of 2020 have been males, and a majority of them (six) should not from america.
Forbes’ knowledge on athlete earnings have been calculated for the 12-month interval between Might 1, 2020, and Might 1, 2021.