Messi tops Forbes' 2022 list of highest-paid athletes
Messi, who left Barcelona last year to join Paris Saint-Germain, led the 2022 list with pre-tax gross earnings of $130 million, including $75 million in salary and $55 million from endorsements. It's the second time he's landed at No. 1 after leading the list in 2019.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James came in at No. 2 with $121.2 million in total earnings, with Cristiano Ronaldo ($115 million), Neymar ($95 million), and Stephen Curry ($92.8 million) rounding out the top five.
The 10 highest-paid athletes collectively took home $992 million over the last 12 months, marking the third-highest yearly earnings total ever; the members of the 2021 list combined to earn $1.05 billion, while the 2018 group collected $1.06 billion.
Here's the full list:
|1||Lionel Messi||$130 million|
|2||LeBron James||$121.2 million|
|3||Cristiano Ronaldo||$115 million|
|5||Stephen Curry||$92.8 million|
|6||Kevin Durant||$92.1 million|
|7||Roger Federer||$90.7 million|
|8||Canelo Alvarez||$90 million|
|9||Tom Brady||$83.9 million|
|10||Giannis Antetokounmpo||$80.9 million|
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