Argentine Lionel Messi
became the highest paid athlete in the world. With $130 million in earnings (gross and tax-free) over the past 12 months, the player has claimed the top spot in Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes. In reais, the amount reaches R$ 668 million.
The publication estimates that Messi’s salary, who had already topped the list in 2019, has been reduced by around US$22 million from his last year of contract with Barcelona, however, his multiple sponsorship deals have led him to the first position, knocking out fighter Conor McGregor
which surprisingly disappeared from the top positions.
, who left Juventus for Manchester United, is in third place this year with US$ 115 million (R$ 590 million). Among them is Lakers legend LeBron James with $121.2 million, surpassing the record of $96.5 million he set last year for an NBA player.
In this sense, James becomes the tenth athlete to earn more than 100 million dollars in a single year, a milestone that Messi and Ronaldo have already achieved five times. Neymar
($95 million), Stephen Curry ($92.8), Kevin Durant ($92.1), Roger Federer ($90.7), Canelo Alvarez ($90), Tom Brady ($ 83.9) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9) round out the top highest paid athletes.
Collectively, the ten highest paid athletes in the world have pocketed US$992 million (R$5 billion) in the last 12 months. This represents a 6% drop from 2021, but the decline is directly related to McGregor’s decline.