Here are the top 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022, with Lionel Messi at the top of the list.

Lebron James made a staggering $80 million off the field in addition to $41.2 million from his on-field endeavours.

Ronaldo, who is now without a club after Manchester United cancelled his contract, has revenues of $55 million off the field and $60 million on it.

Brazilian superstar Neymar ($95 million) and American basketball player Stephen Curry ($92.8 million) round out the top five highest-paid athletes this year.

Kylian Mbappe drops out of the top 10 despite signing a lucrative contract extension with PSG, and MMA star Conor McGregor has also left the list.

Below are the top 10 athletes in terms of salary for 2022:

  1. Lionel Messi – $130 million

  2. Lebron James – $121.2 million

  3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $115 million

  4. Neymar – $95 million

  5. Stephen Curry – $92.8 million

  6. Kevin Durant – $92.1 million

  7. Roger Federer – $90.7 million

  8. Canelo Alvarez – $90 million

  9. Tom Brady – $83.9 million

  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo – $80.9 million

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