There has been a big jolt in the list of the world’s highest paid athletes with one star’s earnings brutally wiped out.
Lionel Messi has returned to the top of the list of the highest paid athletes in the world.
The football legend experienced a difficult first season at Paris Saint-Germain following his shocking exit from Barcelona, but it didn’t impact his bank balance.
Messi is the highest paid athlete for 2022, second forbes’ rich annual list.
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Messi’s return to the top comes despite estimates that his salary has dropped by around $ 22 million with PSG since his previous Barcelona deal. However, he has reaped a huge increase in earnings through sponsorships.
The Argentine megastar has overtaken former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who has completely disappeared from the top ten on the rich list.
Other notable absentees this time around include F1 duo Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Naomi Osaka, Tiger Woods, Tyson Fury and Kylian Mbappe, The sun relationships.
McGregor made money last year through the sale of his Proper No. label of twelve whiskeys.
McGregor said the sale was worth up to $ 150 million.
Forbes revealed Thursday night (AEST) McGregor will still be on the top 50 list to be announced later this month.
His recent gains come from his July bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
NFL quarterback Dak Prescott also disappeared from the list after being No. 4th highest paid athlete of all in 2021.
Hamilton also dropped out of the top ten after being No. 8th athlete ranked overall last year.
At the other end of the list, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the top ten as the only person on the list under the age of 30.
Tennis legend Roger Federer is still among the highest paid thanks to his numerous sponsorship deals that make him the No. 1 brand ambassador.
The other big move was LeBron James’ jump to No. 2nd place overall.
The Lakers superstar has set a new annual earnings record in the NBA.
His earnings on the 2021 list were a record $ 96.5 million.
The publication reports that this year he “crushed” his own record with a staggering tally of over $ 121 million.
It comes simultaneously to sporty published its own rich list ranking.
The sports-business publication revealed that Osaka is once again the highest earning female athlete in the world for the past 12 months with a staggering tally of over $ 53 million.
He earned about $ 52 million in endorsement deals with a cash prize worth just $ 1.2 million.
Osaka is still the highest earning female athlete despite her recent Grand Slam performances resulting in a third round exit from the Australian Open 2022, a third round exit at the US Open, her extraordinary decision to leave the 2021 French Open on mental health grounds and his decision to retire from Wimbledon in 2021.
Despite being the best female athlete of the last 12 months, Sportico ranks her only at no. 20 athletes overall, highlighting the disparity between men and women.
Forbes’ Top Ten Highest Earnings Athletes List
1 – Lionel Messi, $ 130 million
2 – LeBron James, $ 121 million
3 – Crisiano Ronaldo, 115 million dollars
4 – Neymar – 95 m
5 – Stephen Curry, $ 93 million
6 – Kevin Durant, $ 92 million
7 – Roger Federer, $ 91 million
8 – Canelo Alvarez, 90 million dollars
9 – Tom Brady, 84 million dollars
10 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, 81 million dollars
Originally published as Revealed as the highest paid athlete in the world, the star disappears from the rich list