With seasons shortened, events canceled, and crowds all but locked out of many events that did take place, the pandemic put a crimp in the earnings of most athletes. But that didn’t stop the biggest playmakers from earning huge sums over the past 12 months, much of it as a result of off-the-field deals and endorsements. In the past year, the top 100 athletes from around the world had a total income of $4.2 billion based on estimates compiled by Sportico, which covers the business side of sports. Here’s a look at how the top 25 fared.

Trent Williams2 / 26
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Kyrie Irving3 / 26
Kyrie Irving by TonyTheTiger (CC BY-SA)
Klay Thompson4 / 26
Klay Thompson by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA)
Joey Bosa5 / 26
Joey Bosa by MGoBlog (CC BY-NC)
Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson6 / 26
Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson by Peetlesnumber1 (CC BY-SA)
Patrick Mahomes7 / 26
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Ronnie Stanley8 / 26
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David Bakhtiari9 / 26
David Bakhtiari by Mike Morbeck (CC BY-SA)
Giannis Antetokounmpo10 / 26
Giannis Antetokounmpo by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA)
James Harden11 / 26
James Harden by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA)
Naomi Osaka12 / 26
Naomi Osaka by Peter Menzel (CC BY-SA)
Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook13 / 26
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Tiger Woods14 / 26
Tiger Woods by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA)
Canelo Álvarez15 / 26
Canelo Álvarez by TheDailySportsHerald (CC BY-NC-ND)
Lewis Hamilton16 / 26
Lewis Hamilton by Carlina Xavier (CC BY-SA)
KEVIN DURANT18 / 26
KEVIN DURANT by All-Pro Reels (CC BY-SA)
Tom Brady19 / 26
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Roger Federer20 / 26
Roger Federer by Beth Wilson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Neymar21 / 26
Neymar by Кирилл Венедиктов (CC BY-SA)
Lebron James22 / 26
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Dak Prescott23 / 26
Dak Prescott by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA)
Cristiano Ronaldo24 / 26
Cristiano Ronaldo by Анна Нэсси (CC BY-SA)
Lionel Messi25 / 26
Lionel Messi by Agencia de Noticias ANDES (CC BY-SA)
Conor McGregor26 / 26
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