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Are you curious to know who are the richest athletes in the world? Well, athletes are paid a huge amount for their talent and the sacrifices that they make for the country. The athletes are paid by the sponsors and brands who use their name for the growth of their company. Most of the income of the athletes is from the clubs when they sign an athlete to play for them.

Top 10 Richest Athletes

So, today we are going to talk about the Top 10 highest-paid athletes of 2020. The list changes every year the athletes change their place alternatively and the cycle goes on.

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Top 10 Richest Athletes (Highest Paid in the World)

1. Roger Federer ($106.3 million)

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. He has ranked 5 among all the tennis players by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and 103 ATP Singles. He was born in Basel, Switzerland. He is married to Miroslava Federer who is also a tennis player; he first met her in the Summer Olympics 2000.

Roger Federer

He is the first to be a billionaire among all the tennis players. His sponsorship and partnership with the blue-chip firms made his career earnings more than $900 million to date. According to Forbes, he is the highest-paid athlete of 2020. This is the first time when Federer is on the top by earning $106 million per year.

  • Income in 2020 – $100m in Endorsement and $6.3m in Salary

2.Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media. After serving nine long years at Real Madrid in 2018 he joined Juventus Star. He was signed with an amount of $65 million per year. his endorsement earnings this year is $45 million. Soon after Ronaldo’s joining Juventus sold 520,000 jerseys of Ronaldo worth $60 million. During the season 2018-19, he was the top scorer of the club with 28 goals. Not only this he has also been the FIFA player of the year five times and the leading goal scorer of UEFA Championships.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was born on the Portuguese island of Madeira. He came from a very poor family, his father was a gardener and his mother was a cook. He Moved from Madeira to Lisbon to play soccer for the Sporting Lisbon CP.

He has appeared in 204 international matches and scored 120 goals which is an amazing number. He is always on the top 5 Forbes list. Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $450 million but his career earnings are billions. Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world globe.

  • Income in 2020 – $60m in Endorsement and $45m in Salary

3. Lionel Messi ($104 million)

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional soccer player who plays for Barcelona as well in the national team of Argentina. Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina but soon he shifted to Spain at the age of 13 to Join Barcelona. He spent his entire career playing for Barcelona and holds several records like the most goals scored in the La Liga.

Lionel Messi

He has made 165 international appearances to date and scored 87 goals. He made an amount of $104 million this year. He is counted among the shortest footballers with a height of 5 feet 7 inches.

  • Income in 2020 – $32m in Endorsement and $72m in Salary

4. Neymar ($95.5 million)

The Brazilian player is signed by Paris Saint- Germain for a five-year contract at $350 million which will expire in 2022. He has a quite good number of fan bases around 200 million followers. Neymar is among the most popular Brazilian footballers. From a very young age of 18, he is serving the country and scored 64 goals in 103 matches.


Neymar was born in Sao Paulo his father was also a former footballer so he also made up his mind to follow his father. He played for Santos FC from 2009-2013; from 2013-17 for Barcelona, and now currently playing for Paris Saint Germain. Neymar is also the second-highest goal scorer for Brazil just behind Pele.

  • Income in 2020 – $25m in Endorsement and $70.5m in Salary

5. LeBron James($88.2 million)

LeBron James is a professional basketball player. He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. James is such a good player that he is compared to the legendary Michael Jordan Known as the God of basketball. Michael Jordan is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Michael Jordan used to play for the Chicago Bulls in his later career he played for the Washington Wizards.

LeBron James

At the young age of nineteen, he joined Cleveland Cavaliers after serving for seven long years he signed a contract with the Miami Heat soon after four years he again returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then shifted to Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James participated in three Olympic games where he got a bronze in 2004, Athens, a gold in 2008, Beijing, and in 2012 he again got a gold medal in London. He is 6 feet 9 inches in height which means that he is among the athletes of all time. James has also starred in television and films.

  • Income in 2020 – $60m in Endorsement and $28.2m in Salary

6. Stephen Curry($74.4 million)

Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player playing for the Golden Star from 2009 to the present. He is serving Golden Star for 11 long years as he is very much attached to the team. He earned an amount of $30.4 million this year. His first movie “Breakthrough” came in 2020. The basketball analysts and players have mentioned him as the greatest shooter in the history of basketball. He was born in Akron Ohio.

Stephen Curry

His father was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers but surprisingly Curry didn’t join the club. Curry’s skills have inspired many basketball fans and have to change the mindset of playing in front of the basket instead players should focus on pace and space.

  • Income in 2020 – $44m in Endorsement and $30.4m in Salary

7. Kevin Durant ($63.9 million)

Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets. Durant was born in Washington D.C. he maintains an average of 27.1 points with 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game which is quite a good count.

Kevin Durant

Durant is famous for his scoring ability and he has won four titles and has become one of the two-player to win four titles in five years.  He also made a YouTube account and posted some live Vlogs.

  • Income in 2020 – $35m in Endorsement and $28.9m in Salary

8. Tiger Woods ($62.3 million)

Tiger Woods is an American Golf player, he is tied with the PGA Tour and won it 82 times making his position at the top of the list of winning most official money events.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was born in Cypress California, his father Earl Woods introduced him to the game before the age of two. His father was also a handicapped athlete. He is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

  • Income in 2020 – $60m in Endorsement and $2.3m in Salary

9. Kirk Cousins ($60.5 million)

Kirk Cousins is an American Football Quarterback who plays for the Vikings Minnesota. Earlier he used to play for the Washington Redskins but in 2017 he joined Minnesota and is currently serving them. He was born in Barrington, Illinois.

Kirk Cousins

  • Income in 2020 – $2.5m in Endorsement and $58m in Salary

10. Carson Wentz($59.1 million)

Carson Wentz is an American Football player who plays for Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League.

Carson Wentz

He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but soon shifted to North Dakota at the age of three. He plays in the Quarterback position. He also won the Pro Bowl award and Bert Bell award in 2017.

  • Income in 2020 – $4m in Endorsement and $55.1m in Salary

Frequently asked questions:


Who is the richest Athlete in the world?

Michael Jordan is the richest athlete in the world with a net worth of $2.2 Billion. This year Tennis broke every record by giving a huge amount of $106 million to Roger Federer.


What athlete has the Highest Salary?

The highest-paid Athlete of 2020 is Roger Federer with $106 million.


What sport pays the most?

The athletes in Basketball are paid the most in the world.



These are the top 10 highest-paid athletes list of the world who are leading the and making a benchmark for the upcoming young athletes. The athlete list changes and keeps rotating among the players. Money is not everything the player plays their game for pride and love for the game.

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