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Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World 2020

People used to play sports for entertainment, physical exercise, and career for some people. Player gets a reward(prize) after winning games for his hard work and motivation, it’s either a medal or cash money. There are many sports organized every year and many players participate in it.

We can also see many sponsors involved in such sports for advertisement, also there is a different sponsor for each player. Only the greatest and popular players get big company sponsorship with a lot of money contracts through which they become the highest paid athletes. There are different clubs for different sports they used to pay to get the greatest player in their club. Player statistics are made and clubs see their statistics and use to buy them for certain years. Some player values are higher and some lower according to their experience, performance, ability in specific sports.

Every year a lot of people use to go watch sports buying tickets so the sport organizer gets money also. Sports organizer gets a lot of revenue from it so every year many sponsors apply to forbid to get sponsorship. The Player gets paid by the Endorsements also from the club earns a lot of money. We here make a list of highest-paid athletes in 2020 after some research.

Here is the list of top 10 highest paid athletes in the world 2020:

10. Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is an American Football player, played as a position quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League(NFL). His total income for this year is $59.1M, with Salary/Winnings gets $55.1M and from Endorsements deals with sponsor Amazon, Bose, Fanatics, Nike, NRG Energy, Wheels Up gets $4M.

The Philadelphia Eagles contract extension with Carson Wentz at $128M for four million in June 2019 includes a $16.4 million signing bonus as well as a $30 million option bonus paid. Wentz won Super Bowl champion, Pro Bowl, Bert Bell Award,5 Times FCS champion, and many more. He was the 2nd in NFL in touchdown passes with 33 as well as media and fan Favorite player win MVP with completions 1,131.

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9. Kirk Cousins 

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is an American Football player,  played in position quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League(NFL). His total income is $60.5M for this year with salary/winnings $58M and from Endorsements sponsor deals with Bose, CenturyLink, Nike, Panini gets $2.5M.

He signed a two-year contract extension with Vikings 2020 with $66 million also signing a bonus $30 makes the highest-paid players in NFL history. Cousins won various awards 2 times Pro Bowl, 1 time NFL completion Percentage leader, 1-time second-team all-big ten, and many more. He holds three of the four highest single-season passing yards totals in franchise history.

8. Tiger woods 

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer and widely known as one of the greatest golfers and most famous athletes of all time. His total net income for this year is $62.3M, From salary/Winnings $2.3M and from Endorsements deals with sponsor Bridgestone, Discovery Communications, Inc, Hero Motocorp, Monster Energy, Nike, Rolex, TaylorMade, Upper Deck gets $60M. Wood has earned $1.5 billion from endorsements since 1996.

Tiger Woods won 3 times Japan Golf Tour,2 times Asian Tour,3 times PGA Tour of Australasia,18 Golf Championships, and Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 2019. He is the top-ranked golfer in the world many times. He holds numerous golf records and is inducted into the world golf hall of the frame in 2021.

7. Kevin Durant 

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player who played power forward/small forward for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association(NBA) and voted as the Most Valuable Player. His total net worth for this year is $63.9M, from Salary/Winnings, get $28.9M and From Endorsements deals with a sponsor with Degree, Master and Dynamic, Nike, YouTube earn $35M.

Kevin Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 under four-year at a $164 million contract. Kevin Durant has won two NBA championships, NBA finals MVP, NBA All-Star Game MVP, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the year,10 times NBA All-Star,4 times NBA scoring championship. He also has a youtube channel that has 800,000 subscribers. He is the most popular player in the league and his jersey ranked as one of the NBA’s best selling.

6. Stephen Curry 

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is an American Professional basketball player who plays as a point guard for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association(NBA) and named as the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice. Stephen Curry has a total of $74.4M net income this year, from $30.4M Salary/Winnings and Endorsements deals with sponsor Callaway Golf, chase, Fanatics, Under Armour get $44M.

Stephen Curry is the fastest jump shot ever recorded by Sports Science and most wins an NBA season 2014-15. He won 3 times NBA Champion,2 times NBA most valuable player,6 times NBA All-star, SoCon player of the year many more. Stephen Curry formed a new company named SC30 which manages his investments, brand partnership, and philanthropic ventures in 2017. He had the league’s top salary past three seasons with a $200 million contract in 2017 that help him to highest-paid athletes in 2020.

5. LeBron James

LeBron James

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player widely known as one of the greatest basketball players in NBA played for Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association(NBA). His total income for this year is $88.2M from Salary and Winning $28.2M and From $60M Endorsements deals with sponsors with 2k Sports, AT&T, Beats Electronics, Coca-Cola, GMC, KIA Motors, Nike, RIMOWA, Walmart. He joined Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 under a four-year,$153 million contract.

LeBron James has won 3 times NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-star Game MVP, 4 times NBA Most valuable players,16 times NBA All-star Games MVP,5 times NBA All-Defensive First team many more. He won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008 and 2012 and youngest player to score 40 points in a game. LeBron James has an incredible combination of skills, leaping ability, strength, and also the height that helps him to be one of the best basketball players.

4. Neymar


Neymar is commonly known as Neymar Jr and widely known as one of the best players in the world. He is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as forward for Ligue 1, club Paris Saint-Germain(PSG), and his country national team. His total income for this year is $95.5M from Salary and winnings $70.5M, $25M from Endorsements deals with sponsor Beats Electronics, DAZN, Electronics Arts, Gillette, Mastercard, Nike, Red Bull, TCl.

Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with a salary worth $350 million. Neymar won three league titles including a Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligues, and he has also won Ligue 1 player of the year. His transfer from Barcelona to PSG known as the most expensive in the world at $263 million. Neymar is the only one of those Brazilian athletes to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

3. Lionel Messi 

Lionel messi

Lionel Messi is one of the most popular players known as the Greatest player of all time. He is an Argentine professional football star who plays as forward and captain of popular football club Barcelona and Argentina national team. He is currently ranked world No.1 best footballer with winning six Ballons d’Or award. He got $72M from salary and winnings and Endorsements deals with sponsor Adidas, Gatorade, Huawei, Mastercard, Pepsi got $32M, Making the total estimate $104M this year.

He has lifelong deals with Adidas and Barcelona contract 2020-21 pays $80 million annually. Lionel Messi joined Barcelona at the age of 13, contributed his club and country a lot, and helped to win many greatest titles, trophies, and awards. He won six European Golden Shoes, most goals in La Liga, Most hat-tricks in La Liga, most assists in La Liga, six times FIFA player of the year, and many more. He is the most famous athlete in the world,100 most influential people in the world by Times in 2011 and 2012. He is a prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker who has already scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the popular, widely regarded as the greatest players of all time. He is a Portuguese highly professional football star who currently plays in a forward position in Juventus club and captain of the Portugal National Team. He is currently ranked world no 2 best footballers after Lionel Messi. From salary and winning he got $60M and Endorsements deals with sponsor Altice, DAZN, Herbalife, MTG, Nike, Unilever makes $45M, total estimated $105M second-highest athletes in 2020.

He is the highest ever paid player of  Italian club over 30 years when he signed for Juventus. Ronaldo is known as the greatest player due to his huge contribution to football. He won five Ballons d’Or award, four European Golden Shoes, most goals scored UEFA Champions Leagues, the most hat-trick in UEFA championship, two Copas del Rey others many more awards.

He began his career signing with Manchester United in 2003 at the age of  18, transferring to Real Madrid in 2009 currently at Juventus. Ronaldo is the best Portuguese player of all time and top goalscorer also helped to reach Portugal final in UEFA Euro 2004. Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media Facebook and Instagram, Instagram followers hit 200 million in 2020.

1. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Roger Federer made history by becoming the first tennis player with highest paid athletes for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic knocked football star player Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi cut the salary making clear the way for him. Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.4 in men’s singles tennis player by Association of Tennis Professional(ATP).

Federer has won $130 million prize money from his career (Tennis). His salary and wining for this year are $6.3 million, $100m Endorsements deals with Mercedes-Benz, UNIQLO, Credit Suisse, and ten other brands, which makes an estimated total of $106 million, helping him to win the battle of highest-paid player of 2020.

Roger Federer won many awards in tennis and also broke many records. He won five times US Open title, One French Open, Six Australian Open Title, Six ATP finals titles, Many more. Roger Federer “The Laureus World Sportsman of the year” won five times, “BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year” award four times, the only person to win.

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Final Words

We made this list according to the Forbes list and all the data as of 5/22/2020. We hope you get some knowledge and thanks for visiting our site. For any other query, you can comment below feel free to comment we appreciate your feedback.

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