The American business magazine Forbes has collected in reference to the gains (sports merits + sponsorships) obtained in the 2019 season for the top female athletes and US Women’s Soccer Team (USWNT) co-captain and Orlando Pride player Alex Morgan is the only non-tennis player that appears in the top-10. The 31-year-old striker lands at No. 10 with $4.6 million.
The two-time World Champion (2015 and 2019) and Olympic Gold Medalist (2012) Morgan reach the top-10 thanks to a massive endorsement portfolio ($4.2 million) worth ten times as much as her roughly $400,000 on-field salary and bonus last year. Among her dozen of sponsors include Nike, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen and latest to the list is Barbie who recently launched an Alex Morgan Barbie doll, as part of the brand’s Role Model Series:
The Nike deal which Morgan extended after the 2019 World Cup gave her a guaranteed pay for 18 months even if she was not playing, where Morgan made Nike agree to groundbreaking maternity protections, something which Nike had previously been criticised for – a lack of maternity protection in its contracts with female athletes. Morgan gave birth to her first child, baby-girl Charlie, in May.
Morgan’s fellow USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe just missed the top ten with an estimated $4.2 million.
Top of the list and highest-paid female athlete ever is the Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka ($37.4 million), followed by US star Serena Williams ($36 million) and Australian Ashleigh Barty ($13.1 million). The complete Top 10 list.