Bringing Home the Gold
With seasons shortened, events canceled, and crowds all but locked out of many events that did take place, the pandemic put a crimp in the earnings of most athletes. But that didn’t stop the biggest playmakers from earning huge sums over the past 12 months, much of it as a result of off-the-field deals and endorsements. In the past year, the top 100 athletes from around the world had a total income of $4.2 billion based on estimates compiled by Sportico, which covers the business side of sports. Here’s a look at how the top 25 fared.