The 100 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2020 - Ranked

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Whether it's football, basketball or Formula 1, it's safe to say that there's plenty of money in sports these days.

To find out just how much, Forbes took a look at the earnings (including from both salaries and endorsements) of the world's biggest and most successful athletes. The top 100 earners took home a combined $3.9bn over the past 12 months, which - believe it or not - is actually a 9% drop from 2019.

Here's a breakdown of all those top 100 earners.

100) Sergio Ramos

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? Strong inside & out ? #HalaMadrid

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Earnings: €21.8m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $18.8m

One of the highest earners at Real Madrid, centre-back Sergio Ramos has raked in a whopping $21.8m over the past 12 months.

It might not have been the most successful year on the pitch for Los Blancos, but it was definitely a positive spell for Ramos, who was handed his own docuseries on Amazon Prime in September 2019.

99) Derek Carr

Earnings: €22m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $20m

98) Calais Campbell

Earnings: $22.1m
Endorsements: $0.1m
Salary/Winnings: €22m

97) Cam Newton

Earnings: $22.2m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $16.7m

96) Bradley Beal

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Year 8! ?

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Earnings: $22.3m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $20.3m

94) Quinnen Williams

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New and Improved ?? Me vs Me

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Earnings: $22.4m
Endorsements: $0.2m
Salary/Winnings: $22.2m

94) D.J. Reader

Earnings: $22.4m
Endorsements: $0.08m
Salary/Winnings: $22.3m

93) Andre Drummond

Earnings: $22.6m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $21.6m

92) Andrus Peat

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Weight on my shoulder bring the best out.. ?

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Earnings: $22.7m
Endorsements: $0.05m
Salary/Winnings: $22.6m

91) Ben Roethlisberger

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Ours once again #SBXLIIIRewind

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Earnings: $23m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $22m

89) Paul Millsap

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Wondering if the season is going to start again...

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Earnings: $23.3m
Endorsements: $0.5m
Salary/Winnings: $22.8m

89) Ezekiel Elliott

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That all white just hit different

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Earnings: $23.3m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $21.25m

88) Philip Rivers

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Future Phil. ?⚪️?

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Earnings: $23.4m
Endorsements: $0.4m
Salary/Winnings: $22.9m

87) Karl-Anthony Towns

Earnings: $23.5m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $20.5m

85) Shaq Thompson

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✌? #KeepPounding #MatchTheEnergy

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Earnings: $23.7m
Endorsements: $0.15m
Salary/Winnings: $23.5m

85) Nick Bosa

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Just getting started.

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Earnings: $23.7m
Endorsements: $0.75m
Salary/Winnings: $22.9m

84) C.J. McCollum

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Keep chopping wood. Perspective. Happy Friday.

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Earnings: $23.8m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $20.8m

83) Marcus Mariota

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Ready to be back in @nissanstadium.

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Earnings: $23.9m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $20.9m

82) Khris Middleton

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“The haters will say it’s fake” ??

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Earnings: $24.1m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $23.1m

81) Dante Fowler, Jr.

Earnings: $24.2m
Endorsements: $0.2m
Salary/Winnings: $24m

80) Trae Waynes

Earnings: $24.3m
Endorsements: $0.25m
Salary/Winnings: $24.1m

79) Al Horford

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Read the defense ?

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Earnings: $24.4m
Endorsements: $3.3m
Salary/Winnings: $21.1m

78) Kristaps Porzingis

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Earnings: $24.5m
Endorsements: $4m
Salary/Winnings: $20.5m

77) Robert Quinn

Earnings: $24.7m
Endorsements: $0.15m
Salary/Winnings: $24.5m

76) DeMar DeRozan

Earnings: $24.8m
Endorsements: $4m
Salary/Winnings: $20.8m

75) Amari Cooper

Earnings: $24.9m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $23.9m

74) Bobby Wagner

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Let’s get it ! #GoHawks

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Earnings: $25m
Endorsements: $0.5m
Salary/Winnings: $24.5m

73) Gareth Bale

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Good to be back ??

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Earnings: $25.2m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $19.7m

We all know about Gareth Bale's bumper salary, which he gets for playing football, not golf.

His contract with Real Madrid can actually go up to $33m per year if the Welshman hits all his pre-agreed bonuses, but given his struggles to hold down a place in the first team under Zinedine Zidane, that might be a step too far.

71) Tobias Harris

Earnings: $25.4m
Endorsements: $0.75m
Salary/Winnings: $24.6m

71) Mike Conley, Jr.

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Mindset ⛰⛰⛰

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Earnings: $25.4m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $24.4m

70) Ryan Tannehill

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One week at a time ⚔️ #TITANUP

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Earnings: $25.5m
Endorsements: $0.3m
Salary/Winnings: $25.2m

69) Alexis Sánchez

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⚽️ @inter

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Earnings: $25.6m
Endorsements: $1m
Salary/Winnings: $24.6m

Another of those with an infamously hefty contract, Alexis Sánchez's wage of between $400,000-$500,000 per week has been split up between parent club Manchester United and loan side Inter this year.

The Chilean, who has struggled with injuries during his time in Milan, also pockets an annual bonus of $1m. Not too shabby.

67) Kevin Love

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Back to Work. ??‍???‍???‍?

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Earnings: $25.7m
Endorsements: $4m
Salary/Winnings: $21.7m

67) David De Gea

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3⃣ points ✅ Clean sheet ? Old Trafford

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Earnings: $25.7m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $22.7m

After signing a contract extension in September 2019, David De Gea became the highest-paid goalkeeper around. His average annual salary of $23m-a-year has him well out in front of the competition.

It hasn't been the easiest 12 months for Manchester United, who find themselves locked in a real battle to secure Champions League football next season.

66) Virat Kohli

Earnings: $26m
Endorsements: $24m
Salary/Winnings: $2m

65) Darius Slay

Earnings: $26.1m
Endorsements: $0.25m
Salary/Winnings: $25.8m

63) D'Angelo Russell

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So what. What’s next?

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Earnings: $26.5m
Endorsements: $6m
Salary/Winnings: $20.5m

63) Christian McCaffrey

Earnings: $26.5m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $23.5m

62) Devin Booker

Earnings: $26.6m
Endorsements: $6m
Salary/Winnings: $20.6m

60) Antoine Griezmann

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Earnings: $26.7m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $21.2m

After an eternity of drama, Antoine Griezmann sealed a switch from Atlético Madrid to Barcelona, inking a bumper five-year deal at Camp Nou.

On top of his salary, Griezmann also profits from lucrative sponsorship deals from the likes of Puma and Huawei, while he even launched his own eSports company, Grizi Esport.

60) Joel Embiid

Earnings: $26.7m
Endorsements: $6m
Salary/Winnings: $20.7m

59) Arik Armstead

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#stayhungry

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Earnings: $26.8m
Endorsements: $0.25m
Salary/Winnings: $26.5m

57) Zion Williamson

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@zionwilliamson playing bully ball ?

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Earnings: $27.3m
Endorsements: $20m
Salary/Winnings: $7.3m

57) Clayton Kershaw

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homers are cool! ??

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Earnings: $27.3m
Endorsements: $0.75m
Salary/Winnings: $26.5m

56) Oscar

Earnings: $27.5m
Endorsements: $1.7m
Salary/Winnings: $25.8m

After lifting two Premier League titles with Chelsea, Oscar landed a switch to Shanghai SIPG in 2017, where he now takes home an annual salary of $25m.

However, the 28-year-old might not be earning that kind of money annually for much longer after the Chinese Super League elected to impose a salary cap to stop teams throwing enormous wages at foreign stars.

52) Kemba Walker

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??...MY BROTHERS! #GCVIBEZ

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Earnings: $27.6m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $24.6m

52) Jordan Spieth

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"Go get that"

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Earnings: $27.6m
Endorsements: $26m
Salary/Winnings: $1.6m

52) Gordon Hayward

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Ready to get back to it!

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Earnings: $27.6m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $24.6m

52) Jimmy Butler

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22 games in. i love you miami.

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Earnings: $27.6m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $24.6m

50) Paul Pogba

Earnings: $28.5m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $23m

Paul Pogba pockets a base salary of over $20m-a-year at Old Trafford, but could be picking up that money somewhere else by the time the transfer window slams shut.

Real Madrid and Juventus are supposedly both keen on the Frenchman, who remains under contract with Manchester United until 2021 (with the option for a further year).

50) Kyle Lowry

Earnings: $28.5m
Endorsements: $1.5m
Salary/Winnings: $27m

49) Mesut Özil

Earnings: $28.7m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $23.2m

Taking home close to $24m from Arsenal each year is German midfielder Mesut Özil, whose salary has long been viewed as a problem for the Gunners.

Concerns over his work rate saw Özil struggle to hold down a regular spot in the team under former boss Unai Emery, and although current manager Mikel Arteta has welcomed the German back, it's still thought to be just a matter of time before Özil leaves.

48) Daniel Ricciardo

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Left me hangin ??‍♂️

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Earnings: $29m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $27m

47) Matt Ryan

Earnings: $29.5m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $24m

46) Andrés Iniesta

Earnings: $29.6m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $26.6m

Andrés Iniesta might not be with Barcelona anymore, but he's still earning Barcelona money out in Japan with Vissel Kobe.

On top of his lucrative salary, Iniesta also recently penned a new sponsorship deal with Asics, ending his partnership with Nike after nearly two decades.

45) Aaron Rodgers

Earnings: $30.1m
Endorsements: $9m
Salary/Winnings: $21.1m

44) Anthony Davis

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What. A. Game. #LakeShow

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Earnings: $30.4m
Endorsements: $10m
Salary/Winnings: $20.4m

43) Kawhi Leonard

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???????? ??????? | ???-???? ??? #KawhiWeek

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Earnings: $30.5m
Endorsements: $5.5m
Salary/Winnings: $25m

42) John Wall

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@bradbeal3 Can’t Wait ‼️

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Earnings: $31.2m
Endorsements: $2.5m
Salary/Winnings: $28.7m

41) Blake Griffin

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Earnings: $31.9m
Endorsements: $6m
Salary/Winnings: $25.9m

40) Kei Nishikori

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Earnings: $32.1m
Endorsements: $30m
Salary/Winnings: $1.1m

39) Michael Thomas

Earnings: $32.4m
Endorsements: $0.75m
Salary/Winnings: $31.6m

38) Paul George

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Earnings: $32.8m
Endorsements: $8m
Salary/Winnings: $24.8m

37) Grady Jarrett

Earnings: $33.1m
Endorsements: $0.05m
Salary/Winnings: $33m

36) Kylian Mbappé

Earnings: $33.8m
Endorsements: $13m
Salary/Winnings: $20.8m

Kylian Mbappé's career is still in its infancy and he's already deservedly being paid like one of the best around. The future looks very, very bright for him.

On top of his base salary of $20m-a-year, Mbappé also took home a hefty sum from Nike after releasing his first Mercurial shoe through the brand in December 2019.

35) Chris Paul

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Mood all decade!! #CantGiveUpNow

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Earnings: $35m
Endorsements: $6m
Salary/Winnings: $29m

34) Mohamed Salah

Earnings: $35.1m
Endorsements: $12m
Salary/Winnings: $23.1m

Mohamed Salah's contract with Liverpool actually pays him a (relatively) average base salary given his superstardom, but gives him the chance to earn so much more if he reaches certain targets. Fortunately for the Egyptian, as one of the most prolific and successful forwards around, he's triggering those bonuses.

Salah was the Reds' top scorer in both the Premier League and Champions League last season, and leading his side to European gory will only have earned him even more money.

33) Serena Williams

Earnings: $36m
Endorsements: $32m
Salary/Winnings: $4m

32) Sebastian Vettel

Earnings: $36.3m
Endorsements: $0.3m
Salary/Winnings: $36m

30) Damian Lillard

Earnings: $37m
Endorsements: $14.5m
Salary/Winnings: $22.5m

30) Canelo Álvarez

Earnings: $37m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $35m

29) Naomi Osaka

Earnings: $37.4m
Endorsements: $34m
Salary/Winnings: $3.4m

28) Klay Thompson

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?I love my job

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Earnings: $38.8m
Endorsements: $14m
Salary/Winnings: $24.8m

27) Rafael Nadal

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2019 !ROLAND GARROS!

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Earnings: $40m
Endorsements: $26m
Salary/Winnings: $14m

26) Julio Jones

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DRIP ? TOO HARD!!

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Earnings: $40.5m
Endorsements: $3m
Salary/Winnings: $37.5m

25) Phil Mickelson

Earnings: $40.8m
Endorsements: $40m
Salary/Winnings: $0.8m

24) Kyrie Irving

Earnings: $41.9m
Endorsements: $18m
Salary/Winnings: $23.9m

23) Novak Djokovic

Earnings: $44.6m
Endorsements: $32m
Salary/Winnings: $12.6m

22) Drew Brees

Earnings: $44.8m
Endorsements: $15m
Salary/Winnings: $29.8m

21) Tom Brady

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Let’s get it! #championshipweek

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Earnings: $45m
Endorsements: $12m
Salary/Winnings: $33m

20) Deontay Wilder

Earnings: $46.5m
Endorsements: $0.5m
Salary/Winnings: $46m

19) Anthony Joshua

Earnings: $47m
Endorsements: $11m
Salary/Winnings: $36m

18) Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Be back soon ⏳

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Earnings: $47.6m
Endorsements: $28m
Salary/Winnings: $19.6m

17) James Harden

Earnings: $47.8m
Endorsements: $19m
Salary/Winnings: $28.8m

16) Conor McGregor

Earnings: $48m
Endorsements: $16m
Salary/Winnings: $32m

15) Jared Goff

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Year 4 #GoRams

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Earnings: $49m
Endorsements: $2m
Salary/Winnings: $47m

14) Rory McIlroy