Top 20 Highest Paid Athletes 2022 in the World [With Net Worth & Earning]

Everyone wants to know news or information about the highest paid athletes in 2022 or the highest-paid sportsmen. As you know that soccer players accounted for three of the world’s highest paid athletes in 2022 the previous year, according to Forbes.

Lionel Messi led the list with a reported income of $130 million, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with $115 million and Neymar with $95 million. Between June 2021 and June 2022, Forbes classified over 58 percent of Messi’s earnings as “on-field”, meaning it came from “prize money, salary, and bonuses”.

The remaining $55 million in Messi’s estimated earnings came from licensing and sponsorship partnerships with companies like Socios, Adidas, Budweiser, and Pepsi. In August, Messi switched from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. In the same month, Ronaldo returned to Manchester United from Juventus.

Ronaldo, who has more Instagram followers than anybody else on the planet, earned $55 million in “off-field” income last year, according to Forbes. Nike, Herbalife, and Clear shampoo are among the brands Ronaldo has sponsored.

Top 20 highest paid athletes 2022 in the world

Forbes’ top 20 list of the world’s highest paid athletes in 2022 included four basketballers, one tennis great, an NFL legend, and a boxing champion, with Neymar being the only other soccer player on the list.

Here we first discuss the top 10 highest paid athletes among the top 20 of the full list. Therefore, you can find below the list of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022: 

Name Total earnings “On-Field” “Off-Field” Age Sport

1. Lionel Messi

$130m

$75m

$55m

35

Soccer

2. LeBron James

$121.2m

$41.2m

$80m

37

Basketball

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

$115m

$60m

$55m

37

Soccer

4. Neymar

$95m

$70m

$25m

30

Soccer

5. Steph Curry

$92.8m

$45.8m

$47m

34

Basketball

6. Kevin Durant

$92.1m

$42.1m

$50m

33

Basketball

7. Roger Federer

$90.7m

$0.7m

$90m

40

Tennis

8. Canelo Alvarez

$90m

$85m

$5m

31

Boxing

9. Tom Brady

$83.9m

$31.9m

$52m

44

Football

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo

$80.9m

$39.9m

$41m

27

Basketball

Source: Forbes

Lionel Messi Ballon dor
Photo: Twitter

1. Lionel Messi: $130 million

Athlete, Soccer
 
Messi won the Ballon d’Or as the best soccer player in the world for a record seventh time in 2021, beating his rival Cristiano Ronaldo by two wins. In August 2021, he moved from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, leaving the only place he had ever worked. A leak of Messi’s contract in January 2021 showed that he made a lot more at Barcelona than people thought.
 
In fact, he could make up to $165 million a year in salary and bonuses. In March 2022, he signed a deal with the fan engagement app Socios that will pay him $20 million every year. He made his own line of clothes and opened his first store, the Messi Store, in Barcelona in 2019. He also has a deal with Adidas that lasts for life. Currently, Lionel Messi secures the first position of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

Personal Info

Age: 34
Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings: $75 million
Endorsements: $55 million
Residence: Castelldefels, Spain
Citizenship: Argentina
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Agent: Jorge Horacio Messi
Sponsors: Adidas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cirque du Soleil, Gatorade, Hard Rock Cafe Inc., Konami, Mastercard, Ooredoo, Pepsi, PepsiCo, Socios.com, YPF
 
LeBron James
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2. LeBron James: $121.2 million

Athlete, NBA
 
LeBron James, the four-time NBA MVP, signed a two-year, $85 million contract agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers in December 2020. He possesses the best sponsorship portfolio in the NBA, as well as his own media company, SpringHill Company. He sold a large part in SpringHill in October 2021 for around $725 million. In 2018, James founded Ladder, a health and wellness company alongside Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Lindsey Vonn.
 
In 2018, the LeBron James Family Foundation inaugurated its first primary school and announced intentions to spend $41 million on sending children to college. Blaze Pizza franchisees are owned by James and his partners throughout Chicago and South Florida. He is also a paid endorsement and a stakeholder in the company. With all of these, LeBron James gets the second position among the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

Personal Info

Age: 37
Source of Wealth: Basketball
Self-Made Score: 28
Salary/Winnings: $41.2 M
Endorsements: $80 M
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Citizenship: United States
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Agent: Rich Paul, Josh Pyatt, Brad Slater
Agency: Klutch Sports Group, WME
Sponsors: 2K Sports, AT&T, Beats Electronics, Blaze Pizza, Calm, CRYPTO.com, GMC, Nike, PepsiCo, RIMOWA, Walmart.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Twitter

3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $115 million

Athlete, Soccer

Ronaldo became the first individual in the world to reach 500 million Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers in February 2021. He had 690 million in May 2022. He eclipsed Brazilian great Pele’s goal tally in March 2021, scoring a hat trick against Serie A rival Cagliari to bring his total to 770 goals in all competitions. In August 2021, he switched teams from Juventus to Manchester United, where he had previously played from 2003 to 2009.

Ronaldo, a five-time FIFA player of the year, will be the first active team-sport athlete to earn more than $1 billion in his career in 2020. Ronaldo makes money off the field with his CR7-branded clothing, accessories, hotels, and gyms, in addition to a lifetime deal with Nike. With the latest achievements, Cristiano Ronaldo secures the third position among the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

Personal Info

Age:37
Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings:$60 million
Endorsements: $55 million
Residence: Turin, Italy
Citizenship: Portugal
Marital Status: In Relationship
Children:4
Agent: Jorge Mendes
Agency: Gestifute
Sponsors: Delivery Hero, Herbalife, MTG, Nike, Unilever

Neymar Jr.
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4. Neymar: $95 million

Athlete, Soccer
 
We all know that Neymar has a huge fans and everyone wants to know about him due to his being single. Neymar extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain through the summer of 2025 in May 2021. His new contract includes a slew of performance bonuses, including a significant increase if PSG wins the Champions League. His $263 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 is the most expensive ever, with the French club paying in full before he signed.
 
Neymar announced his early departure from Nike’s Jordan Brand in 2020 and signed with Puma. In November 2021, he signed with the site NFTSTAR, and in January 2022, he spent nearly $1 million on two Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs in one day. With these achievements, Neymar tops the 4th position in the ranking of the top 10 highest paid athletes 2022 Forbes list.

Personal Info

Age: 30
Source of Wealth: Soccer
Salary/Winnings:$70 million
Endorsements:$25 million
Residence: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Citizenship: Brazil
Marital Status: Single
Children: 1
Agent:Neymar Santos, Sr.
Sponsors: DAZN, Epic Games, Flutter Entertainment, Konami, Meta, Netflix, Puma, Qatar Airways, Qatar National Bank, Red Bull, Triller
 
Stephen Curry
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5. Stephen Curry: $92.8 million

Athlete, NBA
 
In 2017, the two-time MVP signed the NBA’s first $200 million contract; in 2021, he signed a four-year, $215 million extension, making him the first player to sign two such contracts.
Curry established SC30 in 2017 to oversee his investments, brand collaborations, and philanthropic endeavors. Under Armour announced the introduction of the Curry Brand in November 2020, in an attempt to compete with Nike’s Jordan Brand.
 
In September 2021, Curry’s production firm, Unanimous Media, struck a development partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal. With a contract with Audible in November 2020, it entered the podcasting space. In 2021, Curry added a substantial partnership with FTX that included ownership participation. Therefore, now Stephen Curry has been included in the fourth position of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.

Personal Info

Age:34
Source of Wealth: Basketball
Self-Made Score:31
Salary/Winnings:$45.8 million
Endorsements: $47 million
Residence: Atherton, California
Citizenship: United States
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Agent: Jeff Austin
Agency: Octagon
Sponsors:2K Sports, Callaway Golf, CarMax, FTX, Google, Panini, Rakuten, Under Armour
Education: Davidson College
 
Kevin Durant
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6. Kevin Durant: $92.1 million

Athlete, NBA
 
All know why Kevin Durant ranked the sixth position of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022, according to the Forbes list. Durant signed a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 after three years with the Golden State Warriors. The 12-time All-Star has over $40 million in sponsorship money, with recent deals with Coinbase, NBA Top Shot, and Weedmaps. Through his firm Thirty-Five Ventures, he has invested in over 80 companies, with recent additions including OpenSea and Future.
 
He also supports SeatGeek’s SPAC merger. His achievements tell us about his successful journey to the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022. Durant is the founder of the media company Boardroom and a producer on “Two Distant Strangers,” which won the Oscar for best live-action short film in 2021. Durant purchased a stake in Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union in 2020.

Personal Info

Age:33
Source of Wealth: Basketball
Self-Made Score: 28
Salary/Winnings: $42.1 million
Endorsements: $50 million
Residence: New York, New York
Citizenship: United States
Marital Status: Single
Agent: Rich Kleiman
Agency: Thirty-Five Ventures
Sponsors: 2K Sports, Coinbase, Dapper Labs, Nike, Weedmaps
Education: The University of Texas at Austin
 
roger federer
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7. Roger Federer: $90.7 million

Athlete, Tennis
 
Federer has an unrivaled sponsorship portfolio in sports. For the first time in 2020, he was the world’s highest-paid athlete; he was ranked seventh in 2022. The largest deal in his stable is with Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, which signed him to a ten-year, $300 million contract in 2018. Federer has won $130 million in prize money during his career, but that figure is dwarfed by his earnings from appearances and endorsements off the court.
The tennis legend’s biggest payday to date could come from his stake in Swiss athletic apparel company On, which is set to go public in September 2021. Since its inception, his namesake foundation has raised more than $50 million and educated 1.5 million African children. Roger Federer is the seventh of the highest paid athletes 2022 ranking.

Personal Info

Age:40
Source of Wealth: Tennis
Salary/Winnings:$700,000 
Endorsements:$90 million
Residence: Valbella, Switzerland
Citizenship: Switzerland
Marital Status: Married
Children:4
Agent: Tony Godsick
Agency: TEAM8
Sponsors: Barilla, Credit Suisse Group (ADS), JURA, Lindt & Sprungli, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mercedes-Benz, NetJets, On, RIMOWA, Rolex, Sunrise Communications AG, Switzerland Tourism, Uniqlo, Wilson Sporting Goods

8. Canelo Alvarez: $90 million

Athlete, Boxing
 
Alvarez’s fights against Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant in 2021 earned him an estimated $85 million. Aside from the ring, he has a lucrative partnership with Hennessy and owns a taco restaurant in his home country of Mexico. His Canelo Promotions is also organizing a series of fights in Mexico in collaboration with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN.
Alvarez claimed in an April 2021 interview with Graham Bensinger that his real estate investments earned him nearly $20 million per year. Alvarez stated in the same April interview that he planned to open 90 to 100 gas stations in Mexico. As a result, Canelo Alvarez secures the 8th position on the top list of 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.

Personal Info

Age:31
Source of Wealth: Boxing
Salary/Winnings:$85 million
Endorsements: $5 million
Residence: San Diego, California
Citizenship: Mexico
Marital Status: Married
Sponsors:LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
 
Tom Brady
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9. Tom Brady: $83.9 million

Athlete, NFL

Brady won his seventh Super Bowl after shocking the football world by leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers in 2020. He announced his retirement in February 2022 after another stellar season in Tampa, but he changed his mind less than six weeks later. Brady cofounded Autograph, an NFT company that raised $170 million in a Series B funding round announced in January 2022, and launched the TB12 lifestyle brand.

In 2020, he founded 199 Productions, named after the number of his draft pick in the 2000 NFL draft, to create documentaries, films, and television shows. When it comes time for Brady to retire from football, he already has a lucrative job lined up as a Fox Sports commentator. Because of all of these achievements, Tom Brady becomes the 9th among the top 20 highest paid athletes 2022 list.

Personal Info

Age: 44
Source of Wealth: Football
Salary/Winnings: $31.9 million
Endorsements: $52 million
Residence: Tampa, Florida
Citizenship: United States
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Agent: Don Yee, Jason Hodes
Agency: Yee & Dubin, WME
Sponsors: Christopher Cloos, Electronic Arts, Fanatics, FTX, Hertz Global Holdings, IWC Schaffhausen, Subway, T-Mobile, Under Armour, Wheels Up
Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, University of Michigan
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo
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10. Giannis Antetokounmpo: $80.9 million

Athlete, NBA
 

Fans always are beside successful sportsmen, so they want to know more information about their careers. Here we add the name of Giannis Antetokounmpo who tops 10th in the ranking of highest paid athletes 2022 list. Antetokounmpo signed a five-year, $228 million supermax extension with the Bucks in December 2020, with an opt-out after the fourth year. Antetokounmpo was named NBA MVP in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, as well as defensive player of the year in the latter. The first MVP nomination resulted in large bonuses from sponsors such as Nike, which extended its contract with the Greek Freak in 2017.

In 2019, Nike released the Zoom Freak 1, the largest initial signature shoe launch in Nike basketball history. In 2020, Disney signed a deal to produce a film based on Antetokounmpo’s life, similar to “The Blind Side,” which will be released in June 2022.

Personal Info

Age: 27
Source of Wealth: Basketball
Salary/Winnings: $39.9 million
Endorsements: $41 million
Residence: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Citizenship: Greece
Marital Status: In Relationship
Children: 1
Agent: Alex Saratsis
Agency: Octagon
Sponsors: Come Ready Foods LLC, Google, Gr. Sarantis S.A., Greek From Greece Café Cuisine, JBL, Meta, Mytilineos S.A., Nike, TCL
 

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest athletes in 2022 or highest paid athletes in 2022 are? There is a huge wage difference between decent players and the best players of all time. It’ll almost certainly be bigger than you imagine.

What benefits do the world’s greatest athletes receive, and who are the highest paid athletes? This article describes who is the world’s highest paid athletes or highest paid athletes 2022 in the world or how much money the athletes made in 2022. Football players, boxers, golfers, NBA players, and so on.

Here you can find below the list of the highest-paid players who are among the top 20 highest paid athletes in 2022: 
Russell Westbrook
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11. Russell Westbrook: $79.2M

Athlete, NBA

A year after being traded to the Houston Rockets, Westbrook was moved to the Washington Wizards in December 2020. In August 2021, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Westbrook agreed to a five-year, $207 million deal extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was at the time the NBA’s highest-ever total value contract.

In 2017, the nine-time All-Star signed a new ten-year contract with Nike’s Jordan brand, and in 2018, he earned his first signature sneaker. Westbrook has won two scoring titles and was awarded league MVP in 2017; he is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in three consecutive seasons. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist owns ten vehicle dealerships in the Los Angeles area, which bring in millions of dollars. With all of these, Russell Westbrook gets the second position among the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

If we see all of these achievements, Russel Westbrook is the 11th highest-paid athlete in 2022, according to a Forbes report.

Personal Statistics

Age: 33

Source of Wealth: Basketball

Self-Made Score: 28

Salary/Winnings: $44.2 M

Endorsements: $35 M

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Agent: Thad Foucher

Agency: Wasserman

Sponsors: Hennessy, Nike

Education: University of California, Los Angeles

12. James Harden: $74.4 Million

Athlete, NBA

In January 2021, Harden received his dream for a trade, joining the Brooklyn Nets from the Houston Rockets. In February 2022, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden inked a four-year agreement worth $171 million in 2017, which runs until 2022-23 and pays him $47 million in the final year. After signing him to a 13-year deal worth up to $200 million in 2015, Adidas made Harden one of the faces of its NBA campaign.

Harden earned the league MVP award in 2018 after finishing second three times in 2015, 2017, and 2019. When Coca-Cola bought Bodyarmor in the fall of 2021, he received a substantial payout because he had an equity investment in the company. He also bought modest ownership in the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer for $15 million in July 2019.

Personal Statistics

Age: 32

Source of Wealth: Basketball

Self-Made Score: 25

Salary/Winnings: $44.4 Million

Endorsements: $30 Million

Residence: Houston, Texas

Citizenship: United States

Sponsors: Adidas, Block Inc, BodyArmor, GoPuff, Pura, Therabody, Vanguard

Education: Arizona State University

Matthew Stafford
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13. Matthew Stafford: $72.3 Million

Athlete, NFL

After 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stafford was transferred to the Los Angeles Rams in March 2021. He won his first Super Bowl right away. Stafford, the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, set an NFL record by becoming the first quarterback to reach 3,000 career completions in the shortest amount of time (125 games). His five-year, $135 million contract, which he signed in 2017, was the most lucrative in NFL history (since exceeded). In March 2022, he signed a new four-year, $160 million contract with a $60 million signing bonus. Currently, Matthew Stafford secures the first position of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

Personal Statistics

Age: 34

Source of Wealth: Football

Salary/Winnings: $69.8 M

Endorsements: $2.5 Million

Residence: Detroit, Michigan

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Agent: Tom Condon, Ira Stahlberger

Agency: Creative Artists Agency, WME

Sponsors: AT&T, Fanatics, Panini, Walt Disney

Education: University of Georgia

14. Aaron Rodgers: $68M

Athlete, NFL

Rodgers agreed to a modified contract and returned to the Green Bay Packers after a tumultuous off-season in 2021. In March 2022, he agreed to a three-year, $150 million deal. The famous quarterback bought a minority share in the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in 2018.

In 2019, he and Roth Capital formed a $50 million venture and growth-stage fund. Along with Nate Raabe and Byron Roth, Rodgers is a general partner. Rodgers has ten Pro Bowl appearances and four MVP awards. Through the 2021 season, he ranks fifth all-time in passing touchdowns with 449. With all of these achievements, Aaron Rodgers ranks 14th among the top 20 highest paid athletes in the world.

Personal Statistics

Age: 38

Source of Wealth: Football

Salary/Winnings: $57 M

Endorsements: $11 M

Residence: Del Mar, California

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Single

Agent: David Dunn, Edward Berry, Jr.

Agency: CAA Sports

Sponsors: Adidas, Block Inc, Bose, Fanatics, Panini, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance, TaylorMade, Zenith

Education: University of California, Berkeley

Tiger Woods

15. Tiger Woods: $68 Million

Athlete, PGA

In February 2021, Woods was involved in an automobile accident and suffered major leg and foot injuries. In April 2022, he returned to competitive golf at the Masters. With a deal in March 2021 to bring his likeness to the “PGA Tour 2K” video game franchise, Woods managed to win a victory from his hospital bed. From endorsements, appearances, course design fees, and other off-the-course pursuits, the 15-time major winner have made $1.7 billion since turning pro in 1996.

In 2019, TaylorMade and Woods unveiled their first set of co-designed irons. For Woods, it was his first signature club. Payne’s Valley, Woods’ first public golf course, will open in Missouri in 2020. Tiger Woods makes money off the field with his all of this hard work. So, we can easily say that Tiger Woods secures the 15th position among the top 20 highest paid athletes in 2022.  

Personal Statistics

Age: 46

Source of Wealth: Golf

Salary/Winnings: $40,000

Endorsements: $68 Million

Residence: Jupiter Island, Florida

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 2

Agent: Mark Steinberg

Agency: Excel Sports Management

Sponsors: 2K Sports, Bridgestone, Centinel Spine, Full Swing, Hero Motocorp, Kowa Company Ltd., Monster Energy, Nike, Rolex, TaylorMade, Upper Deck

Education: Stanford University

Josh Allen
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16. Josh Allen: $67M

Athlete, NFL

In August 2021, the Buffalo Bills quarterback agreed to a six-year contract deal worth a total of $258 million, with $150 million in guaranteed money, which is an NFL record. A $16.5 million signing bonus and a $42.4 million option bonus were included in the deal.

Allen then led the Bills to their second straight division title and third consecutive postseason appearance. Nike, Pepsi, and New Era are among his sponsors off the field. With this achievement, Josh Allen tops the 4th position in the ranking of the top 20 highest-paid athletes 2022 Forbes list.

Personal Statistics

Age: 26

Source of Wealth: Football

Salary/Winnings: $63 Million

Endorsements: $4 Million

Citizenship: United States

Agent: Patrick Collins

Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch InBev, New Era, Nike, Panini, PepsiCo

lewis hamilton
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17. Lewis Hamilton: $65 Million

Athlete, Auto Racing

In 2020, Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One drivers’ championship, tying Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles. In 2021, he just missed another. He signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes’ Formula One team in July 2021. Hamilton is the sport’s most marketable athlete. In 2018, the fashion-forward driver began collaborating with Tommy Hilfiger. Because of all of these achievements, Lewis Hamilton becomes the 17th among the top 20 highest-paid athletes in the 2022 list.

Personal Statistics

Age: 37

Source of Wealth: Auto Racing

Salary/Winnings: $57 Million

Endorsements: $8 Million

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Marital Status: Single

Sponsors: Bose, Mercedes-Benz, Monster Energy, Police, Puma, Sony, Tommy Hilfiger, Vodafone-USD

18. Tyson Fury: $62 Million

Athlete, Boxing

In 33 professional fights, the two-time heavyweight world champion has never lost, with a draw against Deontay Wilder in 2018 being the lone blemish on his record. In the rematch in 2020, Fury knocked out Wilder and earned $26 million, bringing his 12-month earnings in the ring to $50 million.

From a rematch with Wilder in 2021 and a bout against Dillian Whyte in April 2022, the Brit made an estimated $60 million. Do you know that Fury was named after unbeaten boxer Mike Tyson when he was born in 1988? Not only that but also Tyson Fury has become one of the top 20 highest paid athletes in 2022 in the world. 

Personal Statistics

Age: 33

Source of Wealth: Boxing

Salary/Winnings: $60 Million

Endorsements: $2 Million

Residence: Morecambe, United Kingdom

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Marital Status: Married

Children: 5

Naomi Osaka
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19. Naomi Osaka: $59.2 Million

Athlete, Tennis

With $60 million in earnings in the 12 months ending May 1, 2021, Naomi Osaka set a new record for female athletes. With $59.2 million the next year, she fell just short of that goal. She won a slew of lucrative sponsorship deals on her path to back-to-back Grand Slam victories at the 2020 U.S. Open and the 2021 Australian Open.

Her annual off-court earnings have surpassed $50 million, thanks to new sponsors such as Workday, Louis Vuitton, and Airbnb, bringing her total number of sponsors to 20. Osaka was pushed as one of the faces of the Tokyo Olympics after being born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian-American father. She was the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first Asian woman to reach the top of the singles rankings. And that’s why Naomi Osaka is one of the top 20 highest paid athletes in 2022 in the world. 

Personal Statistics

Age: 24

Source of Wealth: Tennis

Salary/Winnings: $1.2 M

Endorsements: $58 M

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Citizenship: Japan

Agent: Stuart Duguid

Agency: WME-IMG

Sponsors: Airbnb, Beats Electronics, BodyArmor, FTX, GoDaddy, Hyperice, Levi Strauss & Co, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mastercard, Morinaga & Company, Nike, Nissan Motor, Panasonic, Sweetgreen, Tag Heuer, Workday, Wowow Inc, Yonex

Damian Lillard

20. Damian Lillard: $57.4 million

Athlete, NBA

Lillard has a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers that runs through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual salary of almost $40 million. His Adidas signature shoe line is one of the best-selling in the NBA, with the Dame 8 being the most recent release in January 2022. Except for the first season, when he was voted rookie of the year, and 2021-22, when he only played 29 games, the six-time All-Star has led the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in every season of his career.

Under the moniker Dame D.O.L.L.A., Lillard has released four studio albums. He’s also a Special Olympics global ambassador. His song “Money Ball” was included on the soundtrack for “NBA 2K20”. This is the reason, Damian Lillard has achieved 20th ranking out of the world’s 20 top highest paid athletes in 2022. 

Personal Statistics

Age: 31

Source of Wealth: Basketball

Salary/Winnings: $39.4 Million

Endorsements: $18 Million

Residence: Lake Oswego, Oregon

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Engaged

Children: 3

Agent: Aaron Goodwin

Agency: Goodwin Sports Management

Sponsors: 2K Sports, Adidas, AT&T, Gatorade, Hulu, McDonald’s, Moda Health, Oakley, Spalding, Tissot, Toyota Motor

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, Weber State University

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on highest-paid athletes 2022 in the World

Do the highest paid athletes earn a lot of money?

A large sum of money is a euphemism for a large sum of money. It depends on how you define “a lot.” A typical athlete’s annual salary can be as high as $100,000. Some, on the other hand, earn substantially more, up to $1 million or more each year.

How do athletes make money?

You should know athletes get money in a variety of ways, some of which are not government-sponsored. That’s why we bring for you the list of highest paid athletes in 2022 or the highest paid athletes in the world.

  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Sponsorship offers
  • Government

Before we get into the specifics of these concerns, it’s vital to understand that athletes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are people who have achieved the height of their careers, those who are unpopular, and people who are just getting started.

These sponsorships and collaborations are mostly given to people who have reached the height of their careers. Then, perhaps, the unpopular must continue to train hard in order to reach the pinnacle of their professions, win medals, or be included on the government’s list of top athletes eligible for annual stipends.

Some sportsmen can earn as little as $16.00-$22,000 per year, while others can earn as much as $1.0000.0000 per year, depending on their celebrity. The amount these athletes receive is determined by their country’s government.

Do you think these sums are substantial?

Many people ask how much these athletes earn because they are apparently highly compensated for their preparation and receive a substantial sum of money as a monetary prize when competing.

They, however, make a lot of money.

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