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Lionel Messi is the fourth athlete to reach $1 billion in pretax career earnings
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Credit: Lluís (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After earning $126 million in 2020, the Argentinean player Lionel Messi became the fourth athlete to reach a career total of $1 billion in pretax earnings. Before Messi, only golf legend Tiger Woods, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Cristiano Ronaldo had reached the same milestone.

In 2020 Messi had $92 million paid to him as salary and $34 million from endorsements.

Alex Zanardi, former F1 driver and Paralympian, in medically induced coma after crashing handbike into a truck
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon Credit: Brunhild Media (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Alex Zanardi is in a medically induced coma and remained in serious condition a day after crashing his handbike into a truck during a handbike relay in his native Italy. Zanardi, a former Formula 1 driver and Paralympic gold medalist, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Siena, where he is on a ventilator in intensive care after a three-hour surgery.

Zanardi had both legs amputated after crashing in a CART Series accident in Germany, in 2001 and has since become a four-time Paralympic hand-cycling gold medallist.

Federer tops the list of world's highest-paid athletes
Roger Federer
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Tennis icon Roger Federer tops the "World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes" list by Forbes, after earning $106.3 million - $100 million from endorsements - during the past 12 months.

Following the Swiss tennis player on the top of the list: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and LeBron James.