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Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is eighth on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes. Hamilton thus earned less than half of what the top earner was allowed to credit to his bank account.
Every year Forbes comes with various lists, including those of the highest paid athletes worldwide. The most important thing was to see whether the pandemic with the coronavirus would have any influence on the top 10.
That does not really seem to have been the case, because the top-10 best-earning athletes in 2020 together earned no less than 28 percent more than in 2019. The absolute big earner was MMA star Conor McGregor. Footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the podium together, with the latter having to let Messi precede financially.
Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton made a whopping $ 82 million from his salary, prize money and earnings away from the track. This makes him the highest paid F1 driver again.
For next year, it will be mainly looking to see whether Hamilton still manages to reach the top-10 of Forbes. After all, Hamilton signed a new contract of only one year with Mercedes at the beginning of this year and he also had to accept a salary reduction.
Daimler, the parent company above Mercedes, had driven this as it carried out a thorough reorganization and round of redundancies due to, among other things, the pandemic with the corona virus. In the midst of this, giving Hamilton the same salary or even a salary increase was not the right signal to all employees, according to Ola Källenius.
Forbes top 10 highest paid athletes in 2020
1. Conor McGregor (MMA) – $ 180 million
2. Lionel Messi (Soccer) – $ 130 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer) – $ 120 million
4. Dak Prescott (American football) – $ 107.5 million
5. Lebron James (Basketball) – $ 96.5 million
6. Neymar (Soccer) – $ 95 million
7. Roger Federer (Tennis) – $ 90 million
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) – $ 82 million
9. Tom Brady (American football)- $76 miljoen dollar
10. Kevin Durant (Basketball) – $ 75 million dollars
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