Lionel Messi Tops Forbes Highest Paid Athletes List

Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi has once again topped the annual Highest Paid Athletes list by Forbes. Messi made $130 million in the past 12 months!

“With $130 million in pre-tax gross earnings over the last 12 months, Messi claims the top spot in Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes, leading the list for the second time (the other was in 2019). Although Forbes estimates that Messi’s salary is down some $22 million from his final year with Barcelona—to $75 million this season at PSG—a major boost in endorsements helps him equal the record 12-month total for a soccer player he posted last year, when he finished No. 2 to MMA fighter Conor McGregor.” – Forbes

Second on the list of basketball player Lebron James ($121.2 million), followed by Cristiano Ronaldo who made $115 million.

See the Top 10 list below:

  1. Lionel Messi (Soccer) – $130 million
  2. Lebron James (Basketball) – $121.2 million
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer) – $115 million
  4. Neymar (Soccer) – $95 million
  5. Stephen Curry (Basketball) – $92.8 million
  6. Kevin Durant (Basketball) – $92.1 million
  7. Roger Federer (Tennis) – $90.7 million
  8. Canelo Alvarez (Boxing) – $90 million
  9. Tom Brady (Football) – $83.9 million
  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball) – $80.9 million

Details on full list HERE


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