Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is ranked eighth on Forbes’s list of the Top 10 highest-paid sportspersons list.

2020 was one of the worst years for sports, with losses and red arrows everywhere. But, the seven-time champion’s income remained as high as ever. He earned a staggering $82 million despite a tumultuous COVID-hit season

Recently, Forbes released a list of the top 10 highest-paid sportspersons in 2020. Sitting pretty in it was the recently knighted driver. Lewis Hamilton is ranked eighth, in between Tom Brady and Roger Federer.

Lewis Hamilton - F1 Driver for Mercedes
Sir Lewis Hamilton sits at the #8 position on the illustrious Forbes list. Source: formula1.com

UFC star Conor McGregor leads the pack, earning a whopping $180 million in 2020. Behind him sit the two G.O.A.Ts of football – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barcelona star earned $130 million, while the Portuguese forward earned $120 million.

Jackpot for Hamilton

Hamilton has appeared on this illustrious list for the second time in his life. The last time he did, he earned $47 million in 2017.

Since then, his pay has almost doubled. The pandemic has barely made a dent in his income. Out of the $82 million he earned, $70 million was from Formula 1. The rest was from endorsements with the likes of Puma, Monster Energy and Tommy Hilfiger.

It is hence safe to say Hamilton is doing well for himself. As it is, an F1 driver making it onto the Forbes lists is quite rare. With Mercedes pushing to extend his contract, we may find him earning more in the future.

Then, it wouldn’t be a long shot to place your bets on him staying on the list. If the contract is good enough, we could even see him climb up the rankings.

Forbes or not, Hamilton remains the highest-paid driver in F1 history. With him at the peak of the powers, his financial side will only see a sea of green.

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