Football and basketball stars can earn millions and millions of dollars as teams throw cash at them in hopes of winning a title. The biggest companies in the world are also willing to pay them 7 figures in exchange for an endorsement. Let’s look at the highest-paid athletes in the world! If you want a slice of those winnings, head to GGBET and bet on all major sports live!
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the top-earning athlete in the world, with earnings of $130 million. Messi is paid over $40 million from PSG but makes much more cash from brand deals. Messi works with major companies, including Adidas, Pepsi, Gatorade, Hublot, and more!
2. Lebron James
Lebron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He can do it all, shoot, pass, dunk, and is a beast on defense. His incredible earnings of $121 million reflect his skill and fame. James pulls in over $40 million a year from the Los Angeles Lakers and $80 million more from endorsements. He works with many top brands, including AT&T, Beats Electronics, Coca-Cola, KIA Motors, Nike, and Walmart.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Football is the world’s most popular sport, so it is no wonder this list features two football stars. Over the last month, Ronaldo has earned an impressive $115 million. This is thanks to his huge Manchester United salary and his range of endorsements which include a lifetime deal with Nike. Ronaldo earns just as much off the field as he does on it!
So there you have it, Lionel Messi is the highest-paid athlete in the world, with earnings of $130 million over the last 12 months. Lebron James is right behind him and may overtake the Argentine football star in the future.