15 Highest-Paid Athletes In the World for 2022

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Do you have a favorite athlete? If so, do you know how much money he or she makes? What follows is a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world – not only right now but of all time!

We’ve written a list of the richest athletes but below we take a look at who is the highest-paid and what sports they’re involved with. We will look at this elite group to find out what helps make them tick. Let the count-off begin!

Highest-Paid Athletes In the World

Last year, McGregor made $180 million. $130 million of that total came from selling his majority stake in Proper Twelve’s Irish whiskey brand. This resulted in Conor McGregor’s net worth hitting $200 million; he rightfully took the top seat on this Highest-Paid Athletes in the World list.

Conor McGregor:  MMA Fighter

Earning a total income of $130 million last year with another $55 million in endorsements, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated between $400 and 600 million, making him one of the richest soccer players in the world.

Lionel Messi:  Soccer Player

His main earnings are from his endorsements; he has the top endorsement spot in the NBA. In 2021, LeBron earned an annual income of $126.9 million from his combined salary and endorsements.

LeBron James:  Basketball Player

Durant’s endorsements are $44 million – much more than his $31 million salary, making it close a close race with NFL legend, Tom Brady.

Kevin Durant:  Basketball Players