Federer tops, Kohli only cricketer in Forbes’ top 100 highest-paid athletes


Karachi: Tennis star Roger Federer is the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2020, according to the annual Forbes list released on Friday. Indian captain Virat Kohli (66) is the only cricketer to feature in the top 100 list.

The Swiss tennis great, owner of a men’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, earned $106.3 million in the last 12 months, including $100 million via endorsements, to move up four places and become the first player from Tennis to top the list.

On the other hand, Kohli had estimated total earnings of $26 million ($24m from endorsements and $2m from salary/winnings). He made a massive jump of over 30 places from 2019, as he was positioned at the 66th spot in this year’s list.

Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million), Messi ($104 million) and Neymar ($95.5 million) and American basketball player LeBron James ($88.2 million) are below Federer in the list.

Only two women athletes featured on the list. Japan’s Naomi Osaka ($37.4 million), who was ranked 29th, excelled fellow tennis player Serena Williams ($36 million) as the world’s highest-earning female athlete.

35 players from Basketball are among the top 100. 31 from American football. Soccer was the next most-represented sport with 14 players, followed by tennis (six), boxing and mixed martial arts (five), golf (four), motor racing (three), and baseball with one.