Lionel Messi has been the highest paid athlete in the world for the past year, according to the annual Forbes list published on Wednesday, in which Paris Saint-Germain striker was ahead of Le Bron James of the NBA and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.
For the 12-month period ended May 1, 2022, Messi earned $ 130 million, a figure that includes $ 55 million, and topped the list of the 10 highest paid athletes of the year after finishing second after Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor.
Next on the list was Los Angeles Lakers striker James, who brought home $ 121 million, breaking a record of $ 96.5 million for an NBA player he set last year, and Portuguese captain Ronaldo earned $ 115 million by finishing third. place.
Rounding out the top five are Brazilian footballer Neymar ($ 95 million) and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry ($ 92.8 million) of the Golden State Warriors.
NBA player Kevin Durant ($ 92 million) was sixth, and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, who played five tournaments in 2021 before knee surgery ended his season, was third with a total income of $ 90.7 million.
The last three places on the list were Mexican boxer Canella Alvarez ($ 90 million), seven-time Super Cup champion Tom Brady ($ 83.9 million) and current most valuable NBA finalist Janice Atetokunmpa ($ 80.9 million).
Forbes said its on-site revenue figures include all prizes, salaries and bonuses earned over a 12-month period, while off-field revenue is an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and license revenue.