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MESSI TOPS 2022 FORBES’ LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES

American business magazine, Forbes has released its annual list of the top 10 highest-paid athletes of the year 2022.

Forbes reported on Wednesday that Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi topped sports highest-earners after earning $130 million over the past 12 months.

Messi lost roughly $22 million in salary from his final season with Barcelona, but he still makes roughly $75 million with PSG and saw a significant increase in endorsements that matched his 12-month record from last year’s study.

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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is ahead of Lakers forward LeBron James and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who occupied the second and third positions, respectively.

The list of the top 10 are presented below:

Lionel Messi (football) – $130 million
LeBron James (basketball) – $121.2 million
Cristiano Ronaldo (football) – $115 million
Neymar (Football) – $95 million
Stephen Curry (Basketball) – $92.8 million
Kevin Durant (Basketball) – $92.1 million
Roger Federer (Tennis) – $90.7 million
Canelo Alvarez (Boxer) – $90 million
Tom Brady (American football) – $83.9 million
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball) – $80.9 million

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