Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid athlete in the world over the past 12 months, according to Forbes’ annual ranking released this week.
The Portuguese is back at the top of the hierarchy for the first time since 2017 thanks to his earnings of $136 million, including $90 million raised off the field through sponsorships, among others. Behind the player who plays for the Saudi Al-Nasr team, Lionel Messi ($ 130 million), leader in the 2022 class, and Kylian Mbappe ($ 120 million) represent his closest pursuers, while all other members represent the top 10 coaching disciplines. other than football.
The famous Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James (basketball) came in fourth with $119.5 million, followed by boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez with $110 million. Ranks 6-10 are held by golfers Dustin Johnson ($107 million) and Phil Mickelson ($106 million), as well as Stephen Curry (NBA, $100.4 million), Roger Federer (tennis, $95.1 million) and Kevin Durant (NBA). Pro, $89 million).
Among them, Federer is the person with the largest advertising amount, i.e. $95 million; He retired from competition in September. Mbappe, 24, is the only athlete in the group under the age of 32. Like Johnson and Mickelson, he joined the prestigious list this year, while three men who were part of it last year, Tom Brady, Giannis Antetekounmpo and Neymar, have been left out this time.
The top ten total was $1.113 billion before taxes and agent fees. This is a new mark, the previous one going back to 2018, when Leaders raised $1.059 billion.