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The highest paid athletes in 2022, Forbes ranking

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  •  Sport is a life for some and a very rich life for a few. How much did the most famous athletes earn last year, and which of them entered the top ten most highly paid? I will talk about this, focusing on the latest Forbes rating.

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player

Giannis Antetokounmpo Highest Paid Athlete Ranking 2022

Earns about 39,9 million dollars

  •  The top ten highest paid athletes in the world is occupied by a Greek-Nigerian basketball player who moved to America in 2013 and joined his current team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

  •  Back in December, he signed a contract with the NBA, under which he receives almost $ 40 million.

  •  At the time of writing, Antetokounmpo has advertising contracts with the NFT platform NFSTAR, as well as WhatsApp and Google Pixel. But their exact amount is unknown.

9. Tom Brady, American football player

Tom Brady

  • Salary/income: $31,9 million
  • Sponsorship and advertisement: $52 million
  • Total: $83,9 million

  •  One of the most decorated and accomplished players in NFL history, he is ranked among the greatest American football players of all time. During his illustrious career, Brady has won a record seven Super Bowls and a record five Super Bowl MVP (Most Valuable Player) titles.

  •  Brady has retired from the NFL many times, but most recently returned to the Buccaneers for the 2023 season.

  •  When he finally decides to end his playing career, he will become a Fox Sports pundit and earn a whopping $375 million in 10 years.

8. Saul Alvarez, boxer

Saul Alvarez, richest boxer

Total revenue: $90 million

  •  Mexican boxer who has won several world championships in four weight classes from welterweight to light heavyweight. During his career, he won 39 of 61 fights by knockout. And he was recognized as the best boxer, regardless of the weight category, according to The Ring magazine.

  •  In just one fight with IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant in 2021, Saul received $40 million, according to insider Dan Rafael. In total, Alvarez earned $90 million last year, according to Forbes, including from advertising.

7. Roger Federer, tennis player

Roger Federer is the richest tennis player in the world

Total earnings per year: $90,7 million

  •  Despite spending most of 2021 and 2022 on the sidelines, Roger Federer made the list of the richest athletes in 2023. Why?

  • The former world No. 20 and XNUMX-time Grand Slam champion has sponsorship deals with the likes of Uniqlo and Rolex, keeping his earnings steady even when away from the court.
  • Over the past year, Federer has earned about $700 in prize money from tennis, and $000 million from sponsorships and advertising. He is also an investor in Swiss shoe brand On.

6. Kevin Durant, basketball player

Kevin Durant

Income per year: $92.1 million

  •  This athlete earns about $28 million a year from a sponsorship deal with Nike. The Brooklyn Nets star also boasts deals with the likes of Foot Locker, Coinbase, NBA Top Shot and Weedmaps.

  •  At the time of writing, his total basketball income is about $39,9 million a year, according to Forbes.

  •  On the court, Durant is one of the most decorated basketball players of recent times, a two-time NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP, and was named NBA MVP in 2014.

5. Stephen Curry, basketball player

Stephen Curry in the top 5 highest paid athletes in the world

Total: $92,8 million

  •  Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will earn around $48 million starting next season thanks to his new and improved contract, according to Forbes.

  •  Curry is known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he was a four-time NBA champion and twice named NBA Most Valuable Player.

  •  He has sponsorship deals with Under Armor and Steiner Sports Memorabilia. Curry also owns the production company Unanimous Media.

4. Neymar, footballer


Total revenue: $95 million

  •  After leaving Barcelona in the summer to join Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar has become one of the highest paid sports stars in the world.

  •  According to Forbes, this Brazil international earns around $70 million a year from his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

  •  Neymar has also signed sponsorship deals with companies such as Puma, Volkswagen, Ambev, Claro, Unilever and Red Bull. It is estimated that his sponsorship deals bring him about $25 million a year.

  •  In May last year, Neymar extended his contract with the Parisians until 2025.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer

Cristianu Ronaldo

Annual income: $115 million

  •  Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers ever to play the sport. After starting his career at Sporting Lisbon, he made a name for himself at Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

  •  Ronaldo is currently earning around $60 million a year from his contract with Manchester United.

  •  Away from the field, Ronaldo has an impressive array of sponsorship deals that Forbes estimates earn him around $55 million annually. The Portugal international has signed contracts with Nike, Herbalife, Therabody,, Altice and Clear Shampoo.

2. LeBron James, basketball

LeBron James, richest basketball player in the world 2022

Total: $121,2 million

  •  One of the most profitable athletes of all time won Olympic gold with the USA in Beijing 2008 and London, and was named the NBA's most valuable player four times: in 2009, 2010, 2012 and x.

  •  According to Forbes, James makes about $41,2 million a year from his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. On top of that, he makes about $80 million a year from sponsorship deals.

  •  During his illustrious career, James has done business with companies such as, Beats by Dre, Coca-Cola and Nike.

  •  And even if the famous basketball player retires, he will not remain "naked and barefoot." James' net worth is around $850 million.

1. Lionel Messi, footballer

Lionel Messi highest paid soccer player in the world 2022

For 2021 received: 130 million

  •  Argentine footballer Lionel Messi tops the list of the richest athletes in 2023. Playing for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, he earns about 75 million dollars a year.

  •  Along with Ronaldo, Messi is considered one of the greatest football players in the history of the sport. A seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi achieved great success on the pitch during his career, winning 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with Barcelona before moving to PSG.

  •  In addition to sports, Messi receives about $55 million from various sponsorship and advertising deals with companies such as Adidas, Budweiser and PepsiCo.