Lionel Messi is the Highest Paid Athlete for 2021
Messi, 34, plays for Paris Saint-Germain and topped off the list with a whopping $130 million in combined earnings. Following him is American basketball star, Lebron James.
Other top earners to make the cut included more soccer stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lebron James and Neymar, as well as tennis player Roger Federer, boxer Canelo Alvarez, football star Tom Brady and other basketball pros including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who topped the list last year thanks to his $150 million sale of his Irish whiskey brand, failed to make the top ten this go-round.
While female athletes like tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are sure to make Forbes’ full list of the 50 highest-paid athletes for 2022, no women were included in the list of top 10 highest paid players.