The pandemic coronavirus affected economically to the sport and made that change patterns in terms of the income of its protagonists. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, which have been distributed positions on the podium from 2016, lost the leadership that now holds the tennis player Roger Federer with $ 106,3, escorted by the stars of the Barcelona Spanish and Italian side Juventus.
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The footballers gave the domain to suffer a decrease joint $ 27 million compared to last year, which Forbes attributed to wage cuts caused by the break of their league in march because of the COVID-19.
Federer, holder of a record 20 Grand Slam titles, it is the first tennis player that occupies the top of this ranking from the american magazine began to calculate the profits of the athletes in the year 1990.
The swiss reached the first position mainly by their advertising contracts and their sponsorships, that will reported $ 100 million between June 1, 2019 and on June 1, 2020, the period analyzed by Forbes for his ranking. The remaining $ 6.3 million of income came from their winnings in the tournaments on the ATP circuit.
The Teacher, whose best previous position in the ranking was the second place in 2013, was boosted this year by its recent sponsorship agreement with the brand textile japanese Uniqlo for the next 10 years by some $ 300 million.
After Tiger Woods, Federer is the second athlete active in overcome the mark of $ 100 million in advertising revenues in a year.
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo with $ 105 million in the last 12 months escort to Federer. In the case of the front their main source of income is the salary from your clubJuventus of Turin, with $ 60 million, while advertising and other concepts amounted to $ 45 million.
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By his side, the Flea, Messi obtained $ 104 million, of which $ 72 million corresponded to his salary with the Boat and the rest to advertising and other activities. The argentine star had led the list in 2019 with $ 127 million, followed by Ronaldo, his great competitor for the throne of world football, with $ 109 million.
Between the 100 athletes list members this year represented 21 countries and 10 sports. Baseball players of the Major Leagues were the most affected by the postponement of the competition because of the pandemic.
The crisis is also reflected in the earnings of the one hundred athletes with the highest earnings ($ 3.600 million) fell for the first time in four yearsbeing a 9 % lower compared with the 2019.
Osaka breaks the mark of Sharapova
In the female branch, the first athlete in the rankings is the tennis player japanese Naomi Osaka, who occupies the 29th place with $ 37.4 million of revenue. The only other woman to appear among the top 100 is the american tennis player Serena Williams, in 33rd place, with $ 36 million.
Both players broke the previous mark of higher revenue in a single year, which were $ 29.7 million earned in 2015 by his colleague Russian Maria Sharapova, retired in February.