Highest Paid Athletes In The World 2022: Earning a lot of money with football or tennis – many people can only dream of that. These athletes did it and are now really clearing things up.
Highest Paid Athletes In The World 2022:
In this article, we are talking about 20 highest paid athletes in the world according to Forbes.
20. Dustin Johnson (Golf)
- Total Earning: $44.5
Dustin Johnson made it to the top of golf with two major wins. The American is also number one in the world rankings (as of June 2022). Johnson came to $24.5 million in prize money, in addition, he raked in $20 million through advertising and sponsorship.
19. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $47
The “Greek Freak” has been stirring up the NBA for years. In the best basketball league in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the absolute superstars. His salary at the Milwaukee Bucks was correspondingly high at $22 million. In addition, the Greeks took in advertising and sponsorship money of $25 million.
18. Ronnie Stanley (Football)
- Total Earning: $50
The Baltimore Ravens NFL franchise rewarded Ronnie Stanley with a whopping $47 million salary. While he is in the top league in terms of salary, the offensive tackle still has room for improvement in terms of advertising income. He was only able to book $500,000 in this regard.
17. David Bakhtiari (NFL)
- Total Earning: $50
The same as for Stanley also applies to his NFL colleague David Bakhtiari. He also plays on the offensive tackle position. His services were worth $48 million to the Green Bay Packers. Bakhtiari was also “only” with $500,000 in sponsorship income.
16. James Harden (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $51
Another NBA superstar is James Harden (on the ball, white jersey). The Guard of the Brooklyn Nets earned a mega salary of 33 million dollars. In addition, he made a total of 18 million dollars as an advertising face for his sponsors, such as supplier Adidas.
15. Patrick Mahomes (Football)
- Total Earning: $54.5
NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the league’s most recognizable faces. He has already won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. His salary is correspondingly high, with the Chiefs he was paid $32.5 million. In addition, he came to $22 million in revenue outside of the football field.
14. Russell Westbrook (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $59
Scoring machine Russell Westbrook dominated the NBA in the past season in terms of triple-doubles. He also set standards in terms of salaries, with the Washington Wizards rewarding Westbrook with $33 million. Added to this was $25 million from advertising and sponsorship support.
12. Tiger Woods (Golf)
- Total Earning: $60
When it comes to the number of major wins, Tiger Woods is the second-best golfer of all time. The American triumphed 15 times at the most important events of his sport. In terms of income, he was unbeatable in golf. Woods also had to slow down because of a car accident, and he was only able to collect $200,000 in prize money. For this, 60 million dollars in sponsorship money went into his account.
12. Naomi Osaka (Tennis)
- Total Earning: $60
In her homeland of Japan, tennis player Naomi Osaka is an absolute mega star. The four-time Grand Slam winner earned huge sums of money with advertising and sponsors in particular. A total of $55 million was raised. In contrast, Osaka’s prize money of five million dollars appears relatively small.
11. Stephen Curry (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $74
Together with Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry formed the “Splash Brothers” at the Golden State Warriors. The two distance throwing specialists were taught to fear in the NBA. As a multiple MVPs of the league, Curry earned a correspondingly high salary of $34.5 million. In addition, he earned even more money through advertising and sponsorship- namely $40 million.
10. Kevin Durant (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $75
With Kevin Durant (middle, black jersey), the Brooklyn Nets are affording another NBA superstar. And the franchise from the New York borough does not come cheap: they had to transfer a salary of $ 31 million to the forward. Durant also raised $ 44 million through sponsorship money.
9. Tom Brady (Football)
- Total Earning: $76
The great old man of football is over 40 years old and still has not had enough. NFL legend Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl triumph in 2021. Brady is also in a class of his own in terms of salary and was paid $45 million. He also had $31 million in sponsorship and advertising.
8. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1)
- Total Earning: $82
In the past few years, Lewis Hamilton caused a lot of boredom in Formula 1. The Briton secured the world title in the Silver Arrow, mostly without risk. The Mercedes team paid the dominator of the premier class in motorsport a salary of 70 million dollars. With advertising revenue, Hamilton earned another 12 million.
7. Roger Federer (Tennis)
- Total Earning: $90
He is probably the best tennis player of all time: the Swiss Roger Federer is the big star in the industry. Even at the advanced athlete’s age, he still competes for titles. Due to injury, he only got $30,000 in prize money. For this, even during the compulsory break, a lot of advertising money flowed into Federer’s account, a total of 90 million dollars.
6. Neymar jr. (Soccer)
- Total Earning: $95
The Brazilian polarizes on the football field, even if Neymar Jr. on the ball is undisputedly one of the best in the guild. This was also reflected in the salary of his club Paris Saint-Germain: PSG paid $76 million to the dribble artist. In addition, Neymar jr. Rake in $19 million in advertising.
5. LeBron James (Basketball)
- Total Earning: $96.5
Since the departure of NBA legend Michael Jordan, the basketball world has longed for a worthy successor to the megastar. In the eyes of some fans, Lebron James is a worthy heir. With the Los Angeles Lakers, he won the championship in 2020, his salary with the Californians was $25.8 million. LeBron’s promotional deals were worth a lot more money, namely $65 million.
4. Dak Prescott (Football)
- Total Earning: $107.5
We are entering a new sphere. NFL superstar Dak Prescott was the first footballer to break the $ 100 million barriers. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback earned a $97.5 million salary (the highest pure salary in this ranking) for his work, as well as $ 10 million in his bank account through advertising and sponsorships.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer)
- Total Earning: $120
It’s the eternal competition of the past few years: who is the best footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? The Portuguese from Juventus Turin has to admit defeat to his opponent in the Forbes ranking of the highest-paid athletes. CR7 came to a salary of $ 57 million. Its advertising revenues are also high, at $ 50 million. But with that he made it onto the podium in third place.
2. Lionel Messi (Soccer)
- Total Earning: $130
The Argentine from FC Barcelona cracked the magical 100 million euro barrier. Lionel Messi remained clearly behind Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of advertising and sponsorship income with 27 million euros. But thanks to an astronomical salary of $79.7 million, Messi is ahead of the CR7.
1. Conor McGregor (Mixed Martial Arts)
- Total Earning: $180 million
In 2016, Conor McGregor sounded in the direction of Cristiano Ronaldo that he would one day replace him as the highest paid athlete. Now it was time. Income of 147.7 million euros make the martial artist the new number one.
Curious about it: Last year the Irishman only fought one fight, which brought him 18 million euros. The UFC superstar received a three-digit million amount through the sale of the majority stake in his own whiskey brand. In total, he earned $180 million outside the ring.