Tennis Superstar, Roger Federer has become the first tennis player to top the annual Forbes list of the world’s highest paid athletes, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Federer, 38, moved above current football greatest places after earning £86.2m in the past year – about £81m of it in endorsements.
Other top contenders on the Forbes list are Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m), Messi (£84m), Neymar (£77.5m) and American basketball player LeBron James (£71.5m) who completes the top five.
Boxer Tyson Fury became the highest earning Briton in 11th (£46.2m) on the list; while Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton came 13th with earnings of £43.7m.
Japanese tennis player, Naomi Osaka, 22, who was 29th on the Forbes list became the highest paid female athlete.
According to Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes;
“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the way for a tennis player to rank as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time.
“Roger Federer is the perfect pitchman for companies, resulting in an unparalleled endorsement portfolio of blue-chip brands worth $100m a year for the tennis great.”