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May perhaps 11 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi was the world’s best-paid athlete in excess of the previous calendar year, according to the yearly Forbes list introduced on Wednesday that experienced the Paris Saint-Germain ahead ahead of the NBA’s LeBron James and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi gained $130 million, a figure which consists of $55 million of endorsements, through the 12-thirty day period time period ended May perhaps 1, 2022, to sit atop the list of the 10 maximum-compensated athletes a year right after ending second to Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

Los Angeles Lakers ahead James was up coming on the checklist after bringing house a mixed $121 million, shattering the $96.5 million file for an NBA participant that he set previous 12 months, whilst Portugal captain Ronaldo attained $115 million to sit third.

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Brazilian soccer participant Neymar ($95 million) and 3-time NBA champion Stephen Curry ($92.8 million) of the Golden State Warriors rounded out the top rated five.

NBA player Kevin Durant ($92 million) was sixth although Swiss tennis terrific Roger Federer, who performed 5 tournaments in 2021 prior to a knee procedure curtailed his time, was 3rd with overall earnings of $90.7 million.

The closing three places on the record went to Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($90 million), 7-time Tremendous Bowl winner Tom Brady ($83.9 million) and reigning NBA Finals Most Precious Participant Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9 million).

Forbes claimed its on-the-discipline earnings figures incorporate all prize income, salaries and bonuses gained for the duration of the 12-thirty day period period though off-industry earnings are an estimate of sponsorship specials, physical appearance charges and licensing cash flow.

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Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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