Messi, Ronaldo and LeBron James make Forbes' highest-paid celebrities list

Messi, Ronaldo and LeBron James make Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities list

Football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and LeBron James have been named among the top 10 highest-earning celebrities on the planet in 2020.

The list of highest-paid celebrities, which was recently released by Forbes, also featured sporting icons Roger Federer and Neymar in the top 10. Reality TV star and cosmetics mogul, Kylie Jenner topped the list with profits worth a staggering $590 million this year.

According to Forbes, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list for the highest-paid footballer in 2020. The Portuguese attacker reportedly made $105 million this year and came in fourth on the list of Forbes‘ highest-paid celebrities. Earlier this year, it was reported that Cristiano Ronaldo became the first footballer to cross the $1 billion mark through career earnings.

The 35-year-old raked in $64 million through his contract with Juventus and made several more millions from his endorsement deals. Reports claim that Ronaldo made around $44 million from endorsement deals with companies like Tag Heuer, Clear Haircare, and Nike. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ronaldo’s net worth is a whopping $450 million.

Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi reportedly made $104 million in 2020. The 33-year-old Barcelona captain earns over $80 million through his contract with the Catalans and also has a number of endorsement deals including a lifelong deal with Adidas. Messi’s net worth is reported to be around $304 million.

Messi came in just one spot behind Ronaldo with his current deal with Barcelona expiring in the summer of 2021.

Despite those high values from two of the greatest footballers, neither is the highest-ranking sports person on the list. That honour goes to Roger Federer.

“Roger Federer is the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, thanks to an unmatched portfolio of lucrative endorsement deals,” a blurb on his profile reads. “The biggest prize in his stable is Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, which locked him up in 2018 under a 10-year, $300 million deal. Federer has won $130 million in prize money in his career, but the total is dwarfed by his off-court earnings from appearances and endorsements.”

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After Federer comes the two aforementioned soccer superstars. Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar comes in at No. 7 with a worth of $95.5 million.

LeBron James is the final athlete in the top 10 at No. 9 with a net worth of $88.2 million, surpassing WWE Superstar-turned-box office superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson by less than one million.

Here are the athletes on the Forbes list in order of where they appear.

No. 3 Roger Federer, $106.3 million
No. 4 Cristiano Ronaldo, $105 million
No. 5 Lionel Messi, $104 million
No. 7 Neymar, $95.5 million
No. 9 LeBron James, $88.2 million
No. 10 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $87.5 million
No. 16 Stephen Curry, $74.4 million
No. 24 Kevin Durant, $63.9 million
No. 26 Tiger Woods, $62.3 million
No. 27 Kirk Cousins, $60.5 million
No. 31 Carson Wentz, $59.1 million
No. 34 Tyson Fury, $57 million
No. 35 Russell Westbrook, $56 million
No. 40 Lewis Hamilton, $54 million
No. 44 Rory McIlroy, $52 million
No. 49 Jared Goff, $49 million
No. 53 Conor McGregor $48 million
No. 54 James Harden, $47.8 million
No. 55 Gianni Antetokounmpo, $47.6 million
No. 57 Anthony Joshua, $47 million
No. 59 Deontay Wilder, $46.5 million
No. 64 Tom Brady, $45 million
No. 67 Drew Brees, $44.8 million
No. 68 Novak Djokovic, $44.6 million
No. 74 Kyrie Irving, $41.9 million
No. 77 Phil Mickelson, $40.8 million
No. 78 Julio Jones, $40.5 million
No. 80 Rafael Nadal, $40 million
No. 85 Klay Thompson, $38.8 million
No. 90 Naomi Osaka, $37.4 million
No. 91 Canelo Alvarez, $37 million
No. 91 Damian Lillard, $37 million
No. 97 Sebastian Vettel, $36.3 million
No. 98 Serena Williams, $36 million
No. 100 Mohamed Salah, $35.1 million


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