Highest paid UFC fighters and athletes in 2020. Forbes magazine have released their list of top 100 highest-paid athletes for 2020.
Forbes have recently released their list of the 100 highest paid athletes in 2020. The list is topped by tennis star Roger Federer. The Swiss maestro finds himself in the pole position for the first time in his career with $106 million of pre-tax earnings.
He beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both soccer stars had swapped the number 1 spot in three of the last four years. They are followed by another soccer player in Neymar. There is no combat sports star in the top 10. However, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury holds the 11th place with $57 million in earnings.
Highest paid UFC fighters and athletes in 2020
Conor McGregor has only fought once in the past 12 months. However, that proved to be more than enough to cement him among the highest paid athletes around the world. The ‘Notorious One’ landed at 16th place this year $48 million.
The Irishman however, is the only UFC and MMA star to feature in the list.
There are however, three more boxers in the list apart from Tyson Fury.
IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was number 19, with $47 million in earnings. He is followed by former world champion Deontay Wilder at number 20, with $46.5 million in earnings.
Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez is at 30th place.
Forbes revealed that the 100 highest paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016. In fact, the salary cuts forced by the coronavirus pandemic allowed Federer to overtake Ronaldo and Messi for the first time.
“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the way for a tennis player to rank as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time,” said Kurt Badenhausen, Senior Editor, Forbes.
FORBES TOP TEN
Roger Federer (tennis): $106.3 million
Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $105 million
Lionel Messi (soccer): $104 million
Neymar (soccer): $95.5 million
LeBron James (basketball): $88.2 million
Stephen Curry (basketball): $74.4 million
Kevin Durant (basketball): $63.9 million
Tiger Woods (golf): $62.3 million
Kirk Cousins (football): $60.5 million
Carson Wentz (football): $59.1 million
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