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List of the top 50 Richest athletes in the world 2020.

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#1 Roger Federer

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 8 August 1981

Age – 38 years

Country – Basel, Switzerland

Country (sports): Switzerland

Spouse: Mirka Federer (m. 2009)

Nationality: Swiss, South African

Children: Myla Rose Federer, Lenny Federer, Leo Federer, Charlene Riva Federer

Net worth – $450 million

Roger Federer is the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, thanks to an unmatched portfolio of lucrative endorsement deals.

#2 Cristiano Ronaldo

Children: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., Alana Martina dos Santos Aveiro, Eva Maria Dos Santos, Mateo Ronaldo Trending

Born: 5 February 1985

Age: 35 years

Birth Place: Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, Funchal, Portugal

Height: 1.89 m

Nationality: Portuguese

Salary: 3.1 crores EUR (2019)

Net Worth – $466 Million

Ronaldo is one of the most followed athletes on social media. His Instagram followers hit 200 million in 2020.

#3 Lionel Messi

Born: 24 June 1987

Age: 32 years

Birth Place: Rosario, Argentina

Height: 1.7 m

Spouse: Antonela Roccuzzo (m. 2017)

Nationality: Argentine, Spanish

Salary: 2.6 crores GBP (2020)

Net Worth – $400 Million

Messi has been awarded both FIFA’s Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times.

#4 Neymar

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Born: 5 February 1992

Age: 28 years

Birth Place: Mogi das Cruzes, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Height: 1.75 m

Salary: 3.68 crores EUR (2017)

Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#10 / Forward), Brazil national football team (#10 / Forward), Brazil

Estimated Net Worth – $185 Million

Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

Nike’s Jordan Brand signed Neymar as its first soccer ambassador in 2016. In March 2020 its film unit released a movie about his life.

#5 LeBron James

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 30 December 1984

Age: 35 years

Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, United States

Height: 2.06 m

Spouse: Savannah Brinson (m. 2013)

Current team: Los Angeles Lakers (#23 / Small forward, Power forward)

Salary: 3.74 crores USD (2020)

Net Worth – Estimated $450 Million

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 under a four-year, $153 million contract.

#6 Stephen Curry

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 14 March 1988

Age: 32 years

Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, United States

Height: 1.91 m

Spouse: Ayesha Curry (m. 2011)

Children: Riley Elizabeth Curry, Canon W. Jack Curry, Ryan Carson Curry

Current team: Golden State Warriors (#30 / Point guard, Shooting guard)

Parents: Dell Curry, Sonya Curry

Net Worth – $130 million

The two-time MVP signed the NBA’s first $200 million contracts in 2017; he’s had the league’s top salary the past three seasons.

#7 Kevin Durant

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 29 September 1988

Age: 31 years

Birth Place: Suitland, Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, United States

Height: 2.08 m

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Weight: 109 kg

Current teams: Brooklyn Nets (#7 / Small forward, Power forward), United States of America

Estimated Net Worth – $130 million

After three years with the Golden State Warriors, Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 under a four-year, $164 million contract.

#8 Tiger Woods

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Full name: Eldrick Tont Woods

Born: 30 December 1975

Age: 44 years

Birth Place: Cypress, California, United States

Height: 1.85 m

Spouse: Elin Nordegren (m. 2004–2010)

Children: Sam Alexis Woods, Charlie Axel Woods

Estimated Net Worth – $800 Million

Tiger Woods nabbed his first PGA Tour win in five years at the 2018 Tour Championship and added a fifth green jacket at the 2019 Masters.

#9 Kirk Cousins

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 19 August 1988

Age: 31 years

Birth Place: Barrington, Illinois, United States

Height: 1.91 m

Spouse: Julie Hampton (m. 2014)

Current team: Minnesota Vikings (#8 / Quarterback)

Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Vikings in March 2020 that included a $30 million signing bonus.

#10 Carson Wentz

Born: 30 December 1992

Age: 27 years

Birth Place: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

40 yard dash time: 4.77 seconds

Height: 1.96 m

Spouse: Madison Oberg (m. 2018)

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Carson Wentz to a contract extension in June 2019 worth $128 million over four years.

Wentz was selected second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, after fellow quarterback Jared Goff.

#11 Tyson Fury

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 12 August 1988

Age: 31 years

Birth Place: Wythenshawe, United Kingdom

Height: 2.06 m

Weight: 115 kg

Spouse: Paris Fury (m. 2009)

Children: Prince John James Fury, Venezuela Fury, Prince Adonis Amaziah, Valencia Amber, Prince Tyson Fury II

The two-time heavyweight boxing world champion has never lost in 31 fights, with a 2018 draw versus Deontay Wilder the only blemish on his record.

#12 Russell Westbrook

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Born: 12 November 1988

Age: 31 years

Birth Place: Long Beach, California, United States

Height: 1.91 m

Weight: 91 kg

Wingspan: 2.03 m

Spouse: Nina Earl (m. 2015)

Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2019 after spending the first 11 seasons of his NBA career in Oklahoma City.

The Olympic gold medalist owns five car dealerships in the Los Angeles area that add millions of dollars to his bank account.

#13 Lewis Hamilton

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Lewis Hamilton won the F1 title in 2019, becoming just the second driver in history, after Michael Schumacher, with six championships.

#14 Rory McIlroy

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Rory McIlroy is one of the PGA Tour’s most marketable players with only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson earning more off the course.

McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings in February 2020, four years after his last time on top.

#15 Jared Goff

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

The Los Angeles Rams locked up Jared Goff in 2019 with a four-year, $134M deal, including a $25 million signing bonus and $21 million roster bonus.

#16 Conor McGregor

McGregor has entered the Octagon only twice since 2016 but continues to be the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts.

McGregor founded Irish whiskey distiller Proper No. Twelve in 2018, and the brand is now available in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Russia, and the U.S.

17 James Harden

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

In 2017, Harden signed a four-year extension worth $171 million; it runs through 2022-23 and will pay $47 million in its final year.

#18 Giannis Antetokounmpo

In 2016, Antetokounmpo agreed to a four-year, $100 million extension with the Bucks that runs through the 2020-21 season.

 #19 Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua won his first 22 pro fights and was the heavyweight champion of the world between 2016 and 2019 until a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

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#20 Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 until his knockout at the hands of Tyson Fury in February 2020.

He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, which led to his nickname of “The Bronze Bomber.”

#21 Tom Brady

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

The six-time Super Bowl champ shocked the football world when he signed a free-agent contract with Tampa Bay after two decades with the Patriots.

#22 Drew Brees

Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, donated $5 million to Louisiana relief efforts around the coronavirus.

#23 Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has won five of the last seven Grand Slam titles and 17 overall, including eight Australian Opens.

#24 Kyrie Irving

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Irving signed a four-year, $141 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 after two years with the Boston Celtics.

The movie grossed $47 million at the box office, and Irving signed endorsement deals with General Mills and Aleve tied to the film.

#25 Phil Mickelson

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Mickelson has won 44 PGA Tour events and five major championships; both rank second behind Tiger Woods among active players.

#26 Julio Jones

Julio Jones signed a three-year contract with Atlanta in September 2019 worth $66 million, including a $25 million signing bonus.

Jones owns a pair of car dealerships in Tuscaloosa, where he starred as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

#27 Rafael Nadal

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Nadal joined the NBA’s Pau Gasol to support the Red Cross efforts to raise at least $10 million in support of those affected by Covid-19 in Spain.

#28 Klay Thompson

One of the game’s deadliest shooters, Thompson re-signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2019 for $190 million over five years.

He scored 60 points in only 29 minutes for the Warriors in a 2016 game, becoming the first player in NBA history to put up 60 in less than 30 minutes.

#29 Naomi Osaka

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Naomi Osaka is the world’s highest-paid female athlete, unseating Serena Williams, who held the title the previous four years.

She was the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam event, and the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

#30 Canelo Alvarez

Streaming service DAZN committed $365 million in 2018 to lock up the next 11 fights of boxing’s biggest pay-per-view star.

#30 Damian Lillard

Lillard is currently under contract with Portland through the 2024-25 season at an average salary of more than $40 million per year.

His track “Money Ball” is featured on the NBA 2K20 soundtrack; Lillard extended his 2K Sports endorsement in 2019.

#32 Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is one of only five Formula One drivers to win at least four World Championships.

#33 Serena Williams

Serena Williams has more than a dozen corporate partners, and her $93 million in career prize money is twice as much as any other female athlete.

She launched a self-funded, direct-to-consumer clothing line, S by Serena, in 2018. She also owns stakes in the Miami Dolphins and UFC.

#34 Mohamed Salah

Top 50 Richest sportsperson in the world

Salah signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in July 2018 that is heavily incentivized for his performance.

The Reds fans celebrate him by singing “If he scores another few then I’ll be Muslim too”; he is credited for reducing Islamophobia in Liverpool.

35 Chris Paul

Chris Paul was dealt from Houston to Oklahoma City in 2019 with three years left on the four-year, $160 million extensions he signed in 2018.

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#36 Kylian Mbappe

The Frenchman is on full contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2022, making over $20 million annually plus performance bonuses.

Nike released Mbappé’s first Mercurial shoe in December 2019.

#37 Grady Jarrett

The Atlanta Falcons signed Jarrett to a four-year, $68 million contract extension in July 2019.

He tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks in the Falcons’ loss to the New England Patriots to end the 2016 NFL season.

#38 Paul George

Paul George forced a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019 to join fellow All-NBA player Kawhi Leonard and form one of the NBA’s best duos.

George’s YouTube channel has more than 60,000 subscribers; he also has an endorsement deal with the brand.

#39 Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas signed a five-year, $96 million extension with the New Orleans Saints in 2019 that set a record for NFL receivers at the time.

#40 Kei Nishikori

Tennis ace Kei Nishikori was set to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo before they were postponed.

His endorsement partners include Asahi, NTT, Japan Airlines, Lixil, Procter & Gamble, and Nissin who are all official Olympics partners.

#41 Blake Griffin

In his nine-year NBA career, Griffin has collected Rookie of the Year honors, six All-Star nods, five All-NBA selections, and a Slam Dunk Contest win.

42 John Wall

The Washington Wizards signed Wall to a $169 million contract extension in July 2017, two years ahead of his free agency.

#43 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent in July 2019 under a three-year, $103 million contract.

Leonard is a four-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year; he also won the 2020 All-Star Game MVP Award.

44 Anthony Davis

The first overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft is a seven-time All-Star and has been named to the All-NBA First Team three times.

Davis signed an endorsement deal with Ruffles in 2019 and serves as a “creative partner” in developing new products with the 72-year-old brand.

#45 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers runs through the 2023 NFL season.

Rodgers is the fastest-ever quarterback to reach 300 passing touchdowns, accomplishing the feat in 144 games; he’s eighth all-time with 364 total.

#46 Andres Iniesta

Spanish striker Andres Iniesta came up through Barcelona’s training academy and spent 22 years, including three as captain, at the Catalan club.

#47 Matt Ryan

Ryan became the first NFL player to get paid an average $30 million per season with a five-year, $150 million deal signed in 2018.

Ryan has upped his endorsement portfolio in recent years and counts Nike, Southern Company, Gatorade, Dove, and Mercedes among his 10 partners.

48 Daniel Ricciardo

After five years of racing for Red Bull and seven wins, Ricciardo joined Renault in 2019 under a two-year contract with a hefty pay raise.

49 Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil’s current contract keeps him at Arsenal until 2021 and pays him an estimated $24 million annually.

50 Kyle Lowry

In the summer of 2017, Lowry signed a three-year deal with Toronto worth up to $100 million ($93 million is guaranteed).

Lowry and his wife started the Lowry Love Foundation in 2013, committing to improving the lives of the underprivileged in Philadelphia and Toronto.

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