These Are The World’s 10 Highest-Paid Athletes For 2022

World’s 10 Highest-Paid Athletes 2022

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Forbes has dropped its annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

The list is compiled by adding the on-field and off-field earnings to give a total earnings report for the year. Over the past twelve months, the world’s ten highest-paid athletes combined for $992 million in pre-tax gross earnings, which is the third-highest total ever.

Topping the list was none other than soccer star Lionel Messiwho according to the live scores provider Flashscore.com scored a total of 11 goals in the 2021/2022 season for Paris SG, raked in a cool $130 million. Messi earned $75 million on the field during his time with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain — which won him the 2021 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best soccer player — while bringing in $55 million thanks to endorsements from companies like Adidas, Budweiser, and Pepsi.

Just behind Messi was Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who earned $121.2 million. LeBron’s number received a major boost from his off-court endeavors, which included Space Jam: A New Legacy and his popular talk show The Shop, according to Forbes. LeBron also sold a stake of his production company Spring Hill, which has a valuation of $725 million.

Other athletes in the top 10 include Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Canelo Alvarez, and Tom Brady.

Who else cracked the top 10?

A full look at the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world for 2022 can be seen below, via Forbes’ annual list.


The World’s 10 Highest-Paid Athletes 2022

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Total Earnings: $80.9 million

On-Field Earnings: $39.9 million

Off-Field Earnings: $41 million


9. Tom Brady

Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, FL USA; Tom Brady during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. (Steve JacobsonIts Sports Magazine)

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Total Earnings: $83.9 million

On-Field Earnings: $31.9 million

Off-Field Earnings: $52 million


8. Canelo Alvarez

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Total Earnings: $90 million

On-Field Earnings: $85 million

Off-Field Earnings: $5 million


7. Roger Federer

New York, NY - September 3, 2019: Roger Federer (Switzerland) in action during quarter final of US Open Championships against Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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Total Earnings: $90.7 million

On-Field Earnings: $0.7 million

Off-Field Earnings: $90 million


6. Kevin Durant

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 26: Kevin Durant attends the "Swagger" New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 26, 2021 in New York City.

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Total Earnings: $92.1 million

On-Field Earnings: $42.1 million

Off-Field Earnings: $50 million


5. Stephen Curry

MADRID, SPAIN - September 14th 2014 : STEPHEN CURRY of USA during the Final game of FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2014 at Palacio de los Deportes Arena

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Total Earnings: $92.8 million

On-Field Earnings: $45.8 million

Off-Field Earnings: $47 million


4. Neymar

Moscow, Russia - June 27, 2018. Brazilian superstar Neymar during FIFA World Cup 2018 match Serbia vs Brazil.

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Total Earnings: $95 million

On-Field Earnings: $70 million

Off-Field Earnings: $25 million


3. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Total Earnings: $115 million

On-Field Earnings: $60 million

Off-Field Earnings: $55 million


2. LeBron James

LOS ANGELES - JUL 12: LeBron James arrives for the 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' World Premiere on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA

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Total Earnings: $121.2 million

On-Field Earnings: $41.2 million

Off-Field Earnings: $80 million


1. Lionel Messi

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Total Earnings: $130 million

On-Field Earnings: $75 million

Off-Field Earnings: $55 million

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