Forbes has published their ranking on the most valuable Hungarian athletes. Competitive swimmer Katinka Hosszú and professional footballer Dominik Szoboszlai have both finished at first place in a tie.
Katinka Hosszú is a three-time Olympic champion and nine-time long-course world champion with many world records. She is also the owner of a Budapest-based swim school and swim club called Iron Swim Budapest.
The 20-year-old Dominik Szoboszlai also won the gold medal on Forbes’ list. He plays for the Bundesliga team RB Leipzig, but is also a key player on the Hungarian national football team. He became widely know when he helped his country qualify for the 2020 European Football Championship by scoring in the last minute of the play-offs against Iceland. Unfortunately, he was not able to participate in the Euro 2020 tournament due to an injury.
In the top 5, competitive swimmer Kristóf Milák earned third-place, while Péter Gulácsi, who, like Szoboszlai, plays for Leipzig, earned fourth. The fifth most valuable athlete according to Forbes is sought-after Fenerbahçe defender Attila Szalai.
The news outlet points out that handball and water polo players didn’t make it to their list, and that athletes have started to comment on socio-public problems. For example, the goalie of the Hungarian National team has shown his support for the “family is family” campaign.
The ranking on the list not only shows the athletes’ successes on the field or in the arena but also their ability to generate money and build their brand.
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