Forbes Russia released its 40 most successful sports athletes under 40. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ranks very high on the list.
The all-time greatest Russian goalscorer and point-scorer in NHL history ranks second behind UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who landed the cover of the magazine.
CONGRATS @TeamKhabib for the cover of Forbes Russia for being the #1 most successful Russian athlete and joining the list of the 40 most successful show business and sports personalities under 40. pic.twitter.com/p4wZLPfgmT
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 25, 2019
According to Forbes Russia, the 33-year-old Ovechkin made $14.5 million of revenue last year, including $4.5 million from advertising contracts with Nike, Beats, Papa John’s, Coca-Cola, CCM, Hallmark, and more. Forbes said Ovechkin is the most commercially successful hockey player in Russia.
Nurmagomedov jumped to first after his massive fight and submission victory with Conor McGregor, which made him one of the biggest sporting stars in the world.
On the 40 Biggest Stars Under 40 list consisting of athletes, movie stars, and musicians, Ovechkin ranks third after leading the list in 2018 and 2017. According to the magazine, Ovechkin received 59,304 mentions in the media and 563,500 mentions on social media for a 55.62 rating. Nurmagomedov is first while TV star Olga Buzova is second.
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