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The ten highest-paid athletes : here are all the staggering figures

Forbes has published the ranking of the ten highest-paid athletes in the world in the last year. At the top, Leo Messi, then LeBron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Forbes, the ten highest-paid athletes in the world earned a total of $ 992 million in a year and $ 500 million of them – outside the stadiums. The rating is headed by the leader of 2019, football player Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi, LeBron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo took the first three places in the ranking. Last year’s leader, UFC fighter Conor McGregor did not make it into the top ten richest this year: in 2021, the Irishman was able to earn $150 million selling his Proper Twelve whiskey brand. Keep reading this article to explore the detailed list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes.

Let’s explore in detail the ten highest-paid athletes.

Three soccer players, four basketball players, a boxer, a tennis player, and an American football player: this is the list of the ten highest-paid athletes in the world. Forbes has, in fact, published the names of the sportsmen who have earned the most in the last 12 months. In total, they grossed $992 million, a 6 percent decrease from last year.

Here’s what the list looks like this year:

Lionel Messi ($130 million)

Lionel Messi has revenue of 130 million dollars in the last 12 months, 55 of which was off the field. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has, in fact, signed an agreement with the cryptocurrency app Socios and maintained contracts with Adidas, Pepsi, and Budweiser. Last year he also became the first Hard Rock International ambassador for athletes, thus eclipsing his problems on the pitch in his first season with PSG.

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LeBron James ($121.2 million)

The Los Angeles Lakers star totaled 121.2 million dollars, 80 of which was off the court. His presence in Space Jam: A New Legacy was a fundamental sequel to the successful first chapter with Michael Jordan. He then sold a small stake in SpringHill, a company that also produced the Looney Tunes film, and invested in StatusPro, a startup that creates virtual reality fitness products. His net worth is $850 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo ($115 million)

Despite a year without satisfaction, the Portuguese have a turnover of 115 million, 55 of which are for sponsors and partnerships outside football. A large part of his income derives from the 690 million followers he has between Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, so much so that he asks for high fees from Nike, Herbalife, and Clear.

Neymar ($95 million)

The PSG striker collected 95 million dollars, 70 of which was for his sporting activities. Outside the green rectangle, he boasts agreements with Puma and Red Bull; he has invested in NFTs and will soon be at the center of the Netflix documentary Neymar: The Perfect Chaos.

Stephen Curry ($92.8 million)

The Golden State Warriors guard is the top-earning basketball player for his hardwood activities. Curry has already signed a contract that will tie him to the Warriors for another four years for a total of 215 million dollars. Last December, he also jumped into the world of NFTs by showcasing his sneakers tethered to three metaverse platforms.

Kevin Durant ($92.1 million)

The Brooklyn Nets star has grossed $28 million from Nike (second only to LeBron) and has struck deals with Coinbase and Weedmaps. He, too, like other sportsmen, wasted no time in investing in the world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, supporting the OpenSea platform and the digital startup Future.

Roger Federer ($90.7 million)

The Swiss tennis player is in seventh place in the standings thanks to the very heavy agreements with his sponsors. King Roger owes his income to companies such as Uniqlo and Rolex, so much so that he is the highest-paid athlete outside of sports activities. He also recently invested in the Swiss shoe brand On, creating his own footwear.

Canelo Alvarez ($90 million)

The Mexican boxer, holder of Wbo, Wba, Wbc, and IBF titles, has earned 90 million dollars in the last 12 months, 85 of which in fighting. And as Forbes recalls, he collected 40 million between May and last November alone for two pay-per-view matches.

Tom Brady ($83.9 million)

The Tamba Bay Buccaneers quarterback earned $83.9 million in the past 12 months, 32 of which was in his athletic activities. Now he will go hunting for the eighth ring of his incredible career, but he has already laid the pillars for the future. The NFL star will be an exclusive commentator for Fox Sports, with which he has signed a 375 million dollar deal for ten years.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9 million)

The Milwaukee Bucks power forward has signed a five-year, $228 million contract renewal. Outside the parquet, he has shares in WatchBox, a platform that sells watches, but also WhatsApp and the recently announced Google Pixel 6 smartphone. In addition, Rise, his first autobiographical film, will be released on Disney+ in June.

The top 10 collectively earned $992 million for the year, making it the third-highest figure in the history of the ranking: in 2018, the income of athletes was $1.06 billion, and in 2021 – $1.05 billion.

This year, the richest athletes were able to collect about $500 million off the field in total – this is sponsorship deals, royalties for performances, sales of fan products, license income for 12 months, and all cash receipts from the athlete’s enterprises, data on which are obtained from a survey of industry insiders. The record for cumulative earnings “outside the stadiums” was recorded last year – $ 512 million.

The top three highest-paid female athletes are Naomi Osaka ($57.3 million), Serena Williams ($45.9 million), and Venus Williams ($11.3 million). Representatives of this sport took 5 out of 10 places in the ranking.

In the rest of this top 20, you will find Russell Westbrook (Basketball), $79.2 M; James Harden (Basketball), $74.4 M; Matthew Stafford (Football), $72.3 M; Aaron Rodgers(Football), $68 M; Tiger Woods(Golf), $68 M; Josh Allen(Football), $67 M; Lewis Hamilton (Auto Racing), $65 M; Tyson Fury (Boxing ), $62 M; Naomi Osaka (Tennis), $59.2 M; Damian Lillard (Basketball), $57.4 M.

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