Roger Federer Falls Behind Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Others in the List of Highest-Paid Athletes

Published 05/13/2021, 4:46 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is not just one of the most famous athletes, but one of the highest-paid players as well. Even at the age of 39, he is the brand ambassador of a lot of brands and also has investments in many big companies. As a result, even with the pandemic going on, he managed to earn a lot of money last year.

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According to Forbes’ recent report, Roger Federer is at the seventh spot on the list of the sportspersons who have earned the most in 2020. His total earnings were $90 million last year. Interestingly, he is the only tennis player who has featured on the list of the top-10 highest-earning athletes. He is also the second oldest athlete on the list after Tom Brady, who is in the 9th position and is currently 43-years-old.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium. Day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Federer didn’t play many professional tennis matches last year due to a knee injury. He only played at the Australian Open 2020, where Novak Djokovic thrashed him in the semis. After that, his earnings were not from the sport but from his off-court activities.

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He made money from sponsorships with premium companies like Rolex, Credit Suisse, and Uniqlo. He also has stakes in the Swiss athletic apparel company ‘On,’ which is his other source of income.

Who are the other athletes on the Forbes list other than Roger Federer?

Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor is the highest-paid athlete as he earned a whopping $180 million last year. Much of his earnings came from the sale of his whisky brand ‘Proper No’.

Conor McGregor prior to facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in their UFC lightweight championship fight during UFC 229. T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Soccer legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are second and third on the list and managed to earn $130 million and $120 million, respectively. Football great Dak Prescott is fourth on the list with earnings of $107.5 million. Interestingly, these are the only athletes who managed to earn more than $100 million last year.

Basketball icon LeBron James and soccer superstar Neymar Jr. are at the fifth and sixth spot. Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton is also there at the eighth position and behind him are Tom Brady and Kevin Durant.

Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton reacts as Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position. After the qualifying session Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Even though there were pay cuts last year, all these athletes managed to earn more than $75 million. Apart from being the highest-paid, all of them are also exemplary leaders who continue to serve as an inspiration to many youngsters.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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