Messi Becomes World’s Highest Paid Athlete and Tops the List.

A well-known magazine, Forbes, just updated its top-paid athlete list, and Messi is one of the top-earning athletes. Messi’s very close competitor, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also included in the top-10 list.

The calculation that Forbes carried out is on-field earnings and off-field earnings; sponsorships deals.

1: Lionel Messi

Messi made around $130 million, and there were $55 million in endorsements last year from May 2021 to May 2022, bringing Messi into the top 10 athletes worldwide. The previous year was a very roller coaster ride for Messi. He left his home club FC Barcelona and joined PSG, which brought him good fortune.

One of the biggest deals that Messi struck was the Saudi Arabian tourism deal. Messi became their brand ambassador and promoted the Arabian culture to attract tourism to Saudi Arab.

2: LeBron James

The forward of Los Angeles NBA Team, is in the second spot and earned almost $121 million. James has made a whopping $96 million from his yearly salary and the rest money from brand endorsements.

3: Cristiano Ronaldo

He earns $400,000 weekly at Old Trafford, and his other endorsements make him money. Ronaldo turned down a $6 million offer from Saudi Arabia to work on another project. Ronaldo also made an appearance in the Netflix movie.

4: Neymar Jr

In the fourth spot we have Neymar Jr, who earns around $95 million from the club and rest from  brand endorsements. Neymar is also spending much of his earnings on promoting football in Brazil, he runs multiple football academies in his home country.

Here is the complete list of the top 10:

  1. Lionel Messi: $130 million
  2. LeBron James: $121.2 million
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $115 million
  4. Neymar Jr., $95 million
  5. Curry: $92.8 million
  6. Durant: $92.1 million
  7. Federer: $90.7 million
  8. Canelo: $90 million
  9. Brady: $83.9 million
  10. Giannis: $80.9 million


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