Phoenix Fan Favorites Among the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

Matthew JohnsonMay 29, 2020
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Forbes released its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world and it includes a handful of guys we’ve rooted for over the years in some way, shape or form. Here’s who made the top 100 list that have Arizona ties.

#17 James Harden $47.8M
The former ASU Sun Devil basketball star earned $47.8 million in 2020, including $28.8 million in salary from the NBA’s Houston Rockets and $19 million in endorsements. Harden’s biggest endorsement deal is with shoe company Adidas.

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA
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By Peetlesnumber1

#25 Phil Mickelson $40.8M
Another former Sun Devil comes in relatively high on this list. Mickelson earned $40 million in endorsements while scooping up $800,000 in PGA Tour winnings before the season was suspended. Callaway, Barclays & KPMG are among Lefty’s biggest endorsers.

#62 Devin Booker $26.6M
The Suns 23-year old superstar is the only current pro-athlete playing in Phoenix to make this list. Booker is in the second year of a five-year supermax contract, paying him $20 million in salary this season. Nike makes up part of Booker’s $6 million in endorsement deals.

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA
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By Tammy Anthony Baker, Photographer

#92 Andrus Peat $22.7M
Peat was one of the top recruited offensive linemen in the country when he was at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, and eventually went to Stanford. The New Orleans Saints drafted him 13th overall in 2015, and this past March agreed to a new contract with $33 million guaranteed. Peat makes the list mostly because of that new contract since his endorsements come in at around $50,000.

#98 Calais Campbell $22.1M
The former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman has about $100,000 in endorsement deals but makes $22 million now with a new team in the NFL. Campbell left Arizona in 2017 for Jacksonville as a free agent, and was traded to Baltimore in March, where he signed a new extension through the 2021 season.

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Check out the full list of Forbes Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World here.

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