After being ranked fifth a year ago, Roger Federer now leads Forbes’ 2020 highest paid athlete list with $106.3 million in total earnings.
With global soccer stars such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar leading the charge in 2019, becoming the highest paid athlete was a tall task for Roger Federer. But, like many times before, Federer proved the world wrong and came out $1.3 million higher than the next highest paid athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo.
A lot of credit for Federer’s rise to the top is due to his 10-year $300 million contract with the Japanese retail company Uniqlo. And, Uniqlo is very proud of their favorite tennis player.
“We feel the greatest impact of Roger Federer is yet to come,” said Uniqlo head of global creative John Jay to Forbes. “Of course, it will be fueled by his status as the greatest of all time, but Roger’s ability to bring positive change to the world is his future and ours.”
As for the young and talented Naomi Osaka, she broke the record for the highest single-year earnings for a female athlete in the history of Forbes’ tracking at $37.4 million.
However, with the rise of Coco Gauff, one could reasonably assume that this record won’t last long. But, we’ll have to wait and see how their “rivalry” will turn out.
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