Roger Federer is the first tennis participant to top theannual Forbes checklistof the enviornment’s absolute best paid athletes, overtaking footballer Lionel Messi.
Federer, 38, moved up four locations after incomes £86.2m in the past year – about £81m of it in endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m), Messi (£84m) and Neymar (£77.5m) come next, while American basketball participant LeBron James (£71.5m) completes the tip five.
Boxer Tyson Fury used to be the excellent incomes Briton in 11th (£46.2m).
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton came Thirteenth with earnings of £43.7m.
Jap tennis participant Naomi Osaka used to be published to be the excellent paid female athleteearlier this month. She is 29th general on the checklist, which used to be launched on Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the map in which for a tennis participant to tainted as the enviornment’s absolute best-paid athlete for the first time,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes.
“Roger Federer is the suitable pitchman for companies, ensuing in an unparalleled endorsement portfolio of blue-chip brands price $100m a year for the tennis massive.”
Final week, two-time Big Slam champion Osaka, 22, ended Serena Williams’ trip of 4 years as the excellent paid female athlete after incomes £30.7m, £1.15m extra than 38-year-dilapidated Williams.