Federer played less then 7 tournaments and made $90 million last year

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
I wonder how much of his net worth Federer would part with in exchange for converting one of those MPs against Djokovic at Wimbledon 2019? :p
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
Federer is super rich but his IG followers are lacking when you compare him to the likes of Ronaldo, Dwayne Johnson, Kardashians, etc.
IG is the true measure of worldwide brand appeal.
 

Vanilla Slice

Professional
Federer is super rich but his IG followers are lacking when you compare him to the likes of Ronaldo, Dwayne Johnson, Kardashians, etc.
IG is the true measure of worldwide brand appeal.
Tennis will always be limited in its global and common appeal even though it’s a very international sport. Too many gatekeepers and not enough American male champs to drive the single largest/most prominent market
 

T007

Hall of Fame
Surprised to see Durant so high. Honestly can't recall a single KD commercial in the last 2-3 yrs. As Forbes explains:



So athletes aren't just sitting pretty on endorsements these days. Not sure how I feel about this, really.

Also surprised that LeBron trails only Fed in off-field earnings ($80m vs. $90m). Figured that's prolly cuz of the new Space Jam movie, but turns out he's following in Kobe's footsteps:



BTW these are actually far from the highest earners in sports. There are the billionaire owners to begin with, and of course there's Michael Jordan:


I see two whoppers. Let's start with this one:



That's just endorsements, so $40m higher than Fed's.

But that pales in comparison to this:



That's billion with a b. And though Forbes estimates his current worth at $1.6b these numbers are notoriously speculative and his share in his Jordan Brand alone is probably worth far more than that unless it manages to pull a Gucci aka a divorce from the man himself. In other words, ain't happening in his lifetime.

All of which is a long way of saying the stars really aren't like us. :cry:
Forbes is not wrong though..ain't he spending all these years from his billions
 

onehandbh

Legend
BTW these are actually far from the highest earners in sports. There are the billionaire owners to begin with, and of course there's Michael Jordan:
Jordan is retired. I think the list is only for currently active athletes. Otherwise Ion Tiriac would be on there, too.
Jordan got an incredible partnership with Nike for the Jordan brand. Amazing income flow.

Reminds me the deal George Lucas got for making the first Star Wars. His including revenue from toys/merchandising for toys related to the movie changed the game.
 

NeutralFan

Legend
Federer is super rich but his IG followers are lacking when you compare him to the likes of Ronaldo, Dwayne Johnson, Kardashians, etc.
IG is the true measure of worldwide brand appeal.
Federer has less IG followers than even some of not so big football names . Even Rafa has more IG followers than Fed. Even Sergio Ramos has 5 times Insta followers than Fed.
 

NonP

Hall of Fame
See the problem is NOT federer, or any other celebrity who earns unreal amounts of money. It's the masses. People hero worshipping celebrities and hanging on their every drawn breath is what makes the big companies pay these celebrities such money. Sure we should appreciate the work someone like federer does but come on, that should be it. Not treat him like a deity
Very true. For proof look no further than this very thread with Feddies emotionally invested in making sure the world knows about the "fact" that their boy is the most popular tennis player ever. I mean who gives a sh*t?!

And I still remember this VB cheerleader taking umbrage at my uber-serious post recently cuz I dared suggest that as the world's most prominent tennis player (obviously that's the most important part, you see) Fed could do some good with his words of solidarity with Ukraine. Ditto the Fedal groupies that keep taking potshots at Stakhovsky - who, as you should know, has forsaken his safety and comfort to volunteer for the Ukrainian army - because he thanked Novak in public for reaching out to him while criticizing Fedal for what he perceived as insufficient support for his compatriots' war effort. Apparently the fate of millions of dead and displaced Ukrainians is nothing compared to the fanboys wars where one's favorite player must come out on top.

With idiots and toddlers like these it's no wonder their heroes rake in increasingly obscene sums of money. I don't begrudge these celebs their wealth, mind you. I just loathe and could do without the pathetic idolatry.

Forbes is not wrong though..ain't he spending all these years from his billions
You missed my point, namely that his billion-dollar brand hinges on his very name recognition. In fact the MJ brand is so profitable it kept Nike afloat in the early days of the pandemic:

Nike’s Jordan Brand continues its hot streak with revenue up 31% for the fiscal year ended May 31 to $4.7 billion. The gain comes on the heels of a 15% gain last year when the rest of Nike’s business was hammered by Covid-19 shutdowns: sales fell at each of the company’s other six business units.
I doubt any athlete other than maybe Pelé is more widely recognized across the globe today. And Mike is certainly the most valuable, which brings moi to....

Jordan is retired. I think the list is only for currently active athletes. Otherwise Ion Tiriac would be on there, too.
Jordan got an incredible partnership with Nike for the Jordan brand. Amazing income flow.

Reminds me the deal George Lucas got for making the first Star Wars. His including revenue from toys/merchandising for toys related to the movie changed the game.
I know those are active athletes. And I was gonna mention Tiriac too, but all I could dig up from reputable sources was this brief Forbes profile:


Also let's be real: while SW is definitely Lucas' brainchild the current Lucasfilm has about as much to do with the man himself as Gucci with the actual Gucci family, hence my earlier reference. OTOH it's hard to imagine, barring a complete makeover, the Jordan Brand doing near as well without His Airness.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
The Nike rep in Winning Time is hilarious. Magic is advised to sign with Converse because Nike ain't worth bleep. Oops.

Then it shows you the numbers. The rep is like, ''yeah, he regrets it.'' :giggle:
 

Apun94

Hall of Fame
I heard that players outside of the top 50-60 can barely afford travel. Most outside the top 100 or so during the pandemic were basically just about homeless because they had no other income outside of playing tournaments. So when tournaments came to a halt, many had to scrimp and save every penny and try to offer tennis lessons or rely on government welfare.
In the case of legendary players like the big 3, they are among the greatest in history in their sport. They probably are underpaid when you consider the fact that tennis players only receive 11% of revenue whereas most other sports are 40-50% like the NBA, NFL, etc.
I dont even know what point youre trying to make
 

JustBob

Hall of Fame
Hardly surprising. Fed has by far the best portfolio of brands and if you look say, at the last 10 years of data, he routinely has almost double the off field earnings of whoever is closest. Lebron is close this year mostly because of movies/tv deals. There's normally nobody this close.
 

Apun94

Hall of Fame
Point I'm making is that a very select few live lavishly and earn gazillions while the majority of athletes live more modestly. Especially tennis players.
That is very true. But why's that? forget the on court earnings. Even off court, NO ONE cares about even the 30th rank player except people in his own country. People gravitate towards and pay attention to only the VERY top. And that's why they earn what they earn
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
Messi's chasing the money by signing with PSG. Worth hundreds of mill already he moves, for the the paycheck, to PSG who really haven't done much comparatively in the CL compared to other teams. Apparently only scored 9 goals in 32 matches for PSG compared to 38 in 47 games in his last season with Barca and he's playing as a striker at PSG as listed on PSG's website.
Messi is a mug. I was the first one to realize.
 

40L0VE

Semi-Pro
Messi is a mug. I was the first one to realize.
There was that taxation issue he had a few years ago and it looks like he went to PSG for the paycheck*. If he lowered his asking price City and liverpool may have been interested, maybe Bayern as well. I can't help thinking going to the EPL, Bundesliga or Serie A he'd have been appreciated by more football-mad fans.
 
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