Lionel Messi tops Forbes' highest-paid athletes for 2022

Lionel Messi tops Forbes
# 12 May 2022 10:52 (UTC +04:00)

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi topped the list for pre-tax income in Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes after earning $133 million over the past 12 months, APA reports citing Front Office Sports.

The 34-year-old soccer icon lost roughly $22 million in salary from his final season with Barcelona, but he still makes roughly $75 million with PSG and saw a significant increase in endorsements that matched his 12-month record from last year’s study.

Lakers forward LeBron James came in second at $121.2 million, beating his own previous record for an NBA player ($96.5M). He’s the 10th athlete and the first NBA player to surpass $100 million.

Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo ($115M) is third on the list in a year that saw him return to Manchester United from Juventus and earn $60 million in salary.