Lionel Messi

Updated: 18 December 2022

Messi, Federer, The World’s Top 10 Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022. In the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes from May 2021 to May 2022, Argentinian football team captain and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi is on top of the list ahead of 37-year-old NBA star LeBron James. Lionel Messi’s total remained whopping at $130 million with James’ total income at $121.2 million.

Four-time NBA most valuable player LeBron has become the first active player in NBA history with a net worth of $1 billion and ranks second in off-field earnings, with $80 million made over the past year.

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Others on the Forbes list are Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, and Brazilian Neymar. National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, & Giannis Antetokounmpo; Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, boxer Canelo Alvarez, and American football quarterback Tom Brady also made the top 10 list.

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20 Grand slam winner Roger Federer has the largest gap between on-field ($0.7 million) and off-field ($90 million). Federer has played only in six tournaments since 2020, due to injuries.

27 years old Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest athlete on this list.

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The World’s Top 10 Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022

NoPlayerOff-FieldOn-FieldTotalSportsNationalityMajor SponsorsClub/Team
1Lionel Messi$55 Million$75 Million$130 MillionFootballArgentinaAdidas, Pepsi, Hard RockPSG
2Lebron James$80 Million$41.2 Million$121.2 MillionBasketball USACrypto.comLos Angeles Lakers
3Cristiano Ronaldo$55 Million$60 Million$115 MillionFootballPortugalNike, HerbalifeFree Agent
4Neymar $25 Million$70 Million$95 MillionFootballBrazilPuma, Red BullPSG
5Stephen Curry$45.8 Million$47 Million$92.8 MillionBasketballUSAFTXGolden State Warriors
6Kevin Durant$50 Million$42.1 Million$92.1 MillionBasketballUSANike, Weedmaps,Brooklyn Nets
7Roger Federer$90 Million$0.7 Million$90.7 MillionTennisSwitzerlandRolex, UniqloTennis
8Canelo Alvarez$5 Million$85 Million$90 MillionBoxingMexico
9Tom Brady $52 Million $31.9 Million$83.9 MillionFootball QuarterbackUSANFL
10Giannis Antetokounmpo$41 Million$39.9 Million$80.9 MillionBasketballGreece NFT Star, WhatsAppMilwaukee Bucks