Forbes: Roger Federer world’s highest-paid athlete for first time

Forbes has released its list of the top-100 highest-paid athletes and there’s a new No. 1.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has jumped both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to take the top spot thanks to $100 million in endorsement deals from Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and 10 other partners. Federer earned an additional $6.3 million in tournament winnings over the last year.

Ronaldo ($105 million), Messi ($104 million), Neymar ($95.5 million) and LeBron James ($88.2 million) rounded out the top five.

Forbes collected earnings data from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion last year which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was a nine per cent decline from the previous year.

The NBA led the way with 35 players on the list. This included three players with Toronto Raptors connections: Kawhi Leonard (No. 43, $30.5 million), Kyle Lowry (No. 50, $28.5 million) and DeMar DeRozan (No. 76, $24.8 million).

The NFL had the second-most players on the list with 31, a jump from 19 the year before. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (No. 9, $60.5 million) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (No. 10, $59.1 million) were the highest-paid NFL players on the list.

World soccer (14 athletes), tennis (six), boxing/MMA (five), golf (four), auto racing (three), baseball (one) and cricket (one) were also represented on the list. In 2019, MLB had 19 players on the list but due to the COVID-19 pandemic Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (No. 57, $27.3 million) was the only baseball player to crack the top 100 this time.

Naomi Osaka (No. 29, $37.4 million) and Serena Williams (No. 33, $36 million) were the only women ranked in the top 100. It’s the first time since 2016 that two women are among the top 100

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ONE fighters turn to esports amid hiatus

MANILA, Philippines—It’s become second nature for mixed martial artists to constantly train and compete, but with COVID-19 pandemic halting all live action, they have turned to another outlet for competition.

Martial artists such as Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Kevin Belingon, and Eduard Folayang have taken eSports to release their competitive juices and their game of choice is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

“I can say that esports is one of the biggest platforms today, and I’ve gotten addicted to it, especially since we’ve been under Enhanced Community Quarantine here in Baguio,” said Pacio. “Even kuya Eduard [Folayang] and kuya Kevin [Belingon] are playing as well. We enjoy it a lot because it’s not just a game, it’s a game where you need to use your brain. It’s like playing chess.”

Folayang, who is 11 years the senior of the 24-year-old Pacio, only logs on to the game when he’s done with his home training.

“You need the preparation, you need to invest time to practice and get better in the game, you also have to learn how to strategize, and you also must have teamwork,” said Folayang.

The World Flyweight Grand Prix Champion Demetrious Johnson, however, has taken his game to the next level with his gaming session getting streamed on his YouTube and Twitch channels.

The Mighty Mouse has more than 75,000 subscribers on YouTube (Mighty Gaming) and 169,000 followers on Twitch (MightyGaming).

“I’ve been gaming almost every day,” said Johnson. “I’m currently playing Escape from Tarkov, and I’m waiting for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to come out.

Johnson is also an avid gamer of PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Call of Duty and he even likened MMA to esports.

“It’s a grind. It’s a non-stop grind,” said Johnson.

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Thirdy Ravena unveils new hairdo

MANILA, Philippines—With barbershops still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some have resorted to sporting buzzcuts or even going full bald just to escape the heat of the summer in the country.

Even basketball star Thirdy Ravena got into the act of cutting his hair as short as possible—with a little twist.

From the usual fade that he sported during UAAP Season 82, Ravena now has a buzzcut but ever the fashionista did a little bit more and dyed his hair pink.

From his usual fades that featured the simple transitions to the sleek hard cuts, Ravena usually experimented with his hairdo but some didn’t usually go as planned.

There was the time he had a similar do with actor James Reid that drew negative reviews back in 2018, thankfully that style lasted just several days.

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