Lionel Messi Knocked Off His Perch As World’s Highest-Paid Athlete

Roger Federer is the world's highest-paid athlete for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic knocked soccer's Lionel Messi off top spot, according to the annual Forbes list released on Friday.

The Swiss tennis great, owner of a men's record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, earned $106.3 million in the last 12 months, including $100 million via endorsements, to move up four places and become the first player from his sport to top the list.

Aussie Legend Craig Moore Says A-League Desperately Needs Change Or Its Over

Broadcasters have not been getting "bang for their buck" from Australian soccer in recent years and creative solutions are urgently needed to revitalize the game, former Socceroos defender Craig Moore has told Reuters

Moore, who is spearheading the "Golden Generation" group pressing for change in Australian soccer, said COVID-19 had heaped more pressure on administrators already battling to reverse declines in ratings and crowds. 

Harry Kane Buys Leyton Orient's Shirt Sponsorship, Donates It To Charities

Harry Kane has shown his true, brilliant colors with his latest act of charity. The Tottenham striker has taken over shirt sponsorship for League Two side Leyton Orient for the 2020-21 season, and the new jerseys will feature three different charities where sponsors usually go.

The club announced the deal on Thursday.

MLS Reportedly Looking At Orlando To Host Tournament Beginning In June

Major League Soccer hopes to have all 26 teams begin training by June 1 in Florida ahead of an official tournament later in the month, ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reported on Wednesday. The proposal would need to be approved by MLS' Player Association. 

LA Galaxy Shuts Down Its Girls Academy Program

Some of the best years of your life and most cherished moments are the ones spent with the teammates who become your second family throughout the ups and downs that the game of football can throw at you.

There's nothing better than spending multiple days a week with a group of girls that share the same passion and love for the game as you. From the exciting moments of winning a state cup and national title to the tears being shed knowing your time will eventually come to an end, these are all a part of the club team experience.

MLS Seeks 20% Player Pay Cut With One-Third Of Season Already Postponed

With around one-third of the Major League Soccer season already postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, teams apparently are looking for salary relief. ESPN reported Monday that MLS formally proposed to the MLS Players Association that all players take a 20-percent pay cut. 

Huge Spending CSL Club Declares Bankruptcy And Immediately Folds

Chinese Super League (CSL) team Tianjin Tianhai, which once employed World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro as coach and signed Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato, has declared bankruptcy and folded, the club announced on Tuesday. 

Serie A TV Payments Frozen Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty

The companies holding the broadcasting rights to Italy's top-flight Serie A soccer championship, including Comcast's unit SKY, have not paid the last installment of the 2019-20 season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter said. 

NFL Turns To Germany’s Bundesliga For Coronavirus Response Blueprint

The National Football League has time on its side as the sports world prepares to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and will use some it to observe German soccer's Bundesliga as a potential blueprint on how to deal with the outbreak. 

Edwin Van Der Sar Says Ajax Won’t Be Bullied Into Discount Transfer Prices

Ajax is not immune to the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the club will not be strong-armed into cut-price deals for their players in the upcoming transfer window, chief executive Edwin van der Sar said. 

The Dutch club has built a reputation as the "talent factory" of European football over the last two decades and earned about $161.7 million last summer as Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt secured high-profile moves to Barcelona and Juventus, respectively.