Tennis player Roger Federer heads Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes in the world for the first time. The Swiss star player has trumped football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the past twelve months. Messi topped the list of the business magazine last time.
Federer reported revenues of $ 106.3 million ($ 95.5 million) in the past twelve months. He largely earned that ($ 100 million) from lucrative sponsorship contracts from, among others, Uniqlo, Credit Suisse and Mercedes-Benz. The Swiss earned slightly more than Ronaldo ($ 105 million) and Messi ($ 104 million).
It is striking that the current number 1 in the world ranking in tennis, Novak Djokovic, only follows in 23rd place. The Serbian, who won the Australian Open in 2019 and 2020 and Wimbledon in 2019, earned 44.6 million euros (40 million euros). Rafael Nadal is in 27th place with an income of $ 40 million.