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World's highest paid athletes 2019/20

The statistic shows the highest-paid athletes worldwide in 2019/20. The basketball player LeBron James ranked fifth with a salary of 28.2 million U.S. dollars and endorsement deals worth another 60 million U.S. dollars.

Highest paid athletes by earnings from salary and endorsements worldwide in 2019/20 (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

June 2020



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Supplementary notes

* Salary includes earnings derived from play on the field, court, track, ring or course, including any prize money won and bonuses.
Endorsements includes any money made off-field. It includes appearance fees, sponsorships and any other income made while not directly engaging in sport.

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