LeBron James is the highest-paid athlete worldwide in 2022, followed by two of the finest players in the history of football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Los Angeles Lakers star didn’t manage to lead his team to this season’s NBA playoffs, with an injury-hit team failing to even make the play-in tournament.
However, Sportico has released a list of the 100 highest-paid athletes this year, with James being the player who is topping the rankings.
James is reportedly earning a total of $126.9 million, as his salary is $36.9m and he is getting another $90m from endorsements. Meanwhile, Messi will earn $122m and Ronaldo will get $115m in 2022.
Canelo Alvarez ($89m) is the highest paid boxer, while no tennis player earns more than Roger Federer ($85.7m) and no golfer will receive more money that Tiger Woods ($73.5m) this year.
The 10 highest paid athletes in 2022
- LeBron James $126.9M
- Lionel Messi $122M
- Cristiano Ronaldo $115M
- Neymar $103M
- Canelo Alvarez $89M
- Stephen Curry $86.2M
- Kevin Durant $85.9M
- Roger Federer $85.7M
- James Harden $76M
- Tiger Woods $73.5M