Forbes rich list 2020, football news: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi, Roger Federer tops list

Roger Federer has become the first tennis player in history to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid male athletes.

The American lifestyle magazine revealed that the Swiss legend had leapfrogged football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The World Number Four’s ascent to top of the rich list for the first time in his career was partly made possible by the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has halted all major sports.

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Both Ronaldo and Messi have seen massive salary cuts as the collective gross of wealth across Forbes’ annual list is down nine per cent from 2019.

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