The sporting world is something that all of us admire, and sometimes some of us are jealous towards as we wanted to be sports stars ourselves when we were kids. However, there are good sports star, and then there is the elite stars that are at the top of their games and due to their performances on the pitch or court, they have found themselves being the highest-paid sports stars in the world and below we look at the top three.
Surprisingly, it is Swiss Roger Federer who finds himself at the top of the list when it comes to being the highest paid athletes of the last year. Federer is coming to the end of his career now and has been struggling for some time with a knee injury, but even without a win in 2020, he took home over $106 million which came from a long list of endorsements that he has grown over his career. Uniqlo is his biggest dealer with $300 million pact, but he also has partnerships with Rolex, Barilla and Mercedes Benz.
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Coming a close second to Roger Federer is of course Cristiano Ronaldo who were surprised to find second on the list. This is the 7th year in a row in with Ronaldo has found himself in the top 3 highest paid athletes and we don’t expect this run to stop any time soon. Ronaldo earns $60 million on the pitch, whilst $45m is from endorsements from Nike, Herbalife, Unilever and DAZN. Not only that, but he is also the most followed person on Instagram with 288 million followers which is astonishing.
And finally, Lionel Messi is just $1 million behind his arch-rival Ronaldo at $104 million. Messi earns more than what Ronaldo does on the pitch, which is over $80 million, which makes him the highest paid on-field athletes, but his endorsement let him down, but he still has a lifetime pact with Adidas, as well as other companies in which he supports such as Gatorade, Mastercard, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.