Lionel Messi Is 2022 Highest-Paid Athlete In The World

Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has been named the highest-paid athlete on the planet over the last 12 months, as per Forbes.

Messi is reported to be bringing in pre-tax gross earnings of $130 million a year from on-field and off-field pursuits, keeping him ahead of the likes of NBA superstar LeBron James and rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the rich list.

Messi, who procures a reported $75 million every year from playing soccer, also capitalizes on $55 million from sponsorship arrangements and sponsors.

This is the second time the Argentine sits on Forbes’ list, the last time coming in 2019.

The top 10 highest earners, who are men, on the whole acquired $992 million in pre-tax gross income over the course of the past year.

Messi has received a portion of criticisms for his off-field sponsorships, recently promoting tourism for Saudi Arabia. He was envisioned in the country and posted a photograph on his own Instagram account with the label #VisitSaudi.

The country has for some time now, been blamed for sportswashing to conceal its poor human rights record.

NBA hotshot James arrives in a tight second on the rich list, acquiring $121.2 million every year. The Los Angeles Lakers forward may have missed the end of the season games this season, but he’s been predominant off the court, capitalizing on his television show and featuring in last year’s Space Dilemma: A New Legacy film.

Forbes estimates James is currently worth a faltering $850 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo finishes the top three, procuring $115 million subsequent to moving from Juventus to Manchester United.

The Portuguese genius procures the same as Messi off-field with the greater part coming from his unmatched social media presence.

Ronaldo has 690 million followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, permitting him to use for higher sponsorship fees from various organizations.

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Forbes calculates the estimates based on prize money, salaries and bonuses as well as estimations of sponsorship deals and other off-field revenue streams.

The List Of Forbes’ Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes 2022:

Lionel Messi: $130 million
LeBron James: $121.2 million
Cristiano Ronaldo: $115 million
Neymar: $95 million
Stephen Curry: $92.8 million
Kevin Durant: $92.1 million
Roger Federer: $90.7 million
Canelo Alvarez: $90 million
Tom Brady: $83.9 million
Giannis Antetokounmpo: $80.9 million

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