Lionel Messi, Neymar Make Forbe’s Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes for Past 12 Months

Forbe’s has put the top 10 highest athletes for the past 12 months, and the list includes two Paris Saint-Germain players. The world’s ten highest-paid athletes collectively brought in $992 million over the past calendar year, representing a 6-percent drop from 2021.

Over the past 12 months, the highest-paid athlete is Lionel Messi; the 34-year-old made $75-million on the field and $55-million off the field for a total of $130-million. 

In addition, the Argentine recently added a $20 million-a-year partnership with Socios to an endorsement portfolio including Adidas, Budweiser, and PepsiCo. Below Messi is Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, and the next time a PSG player makes an appearance on the list is at No. 4 with Neymar Jr. 

Over the past 12 months, the Brazil international made a total of $95-million with $70-million on the field and $25-million off the pitch. Off the field, the 30-year-old has a beneficial set of endorsements, including Puma and Red Bull. 

Furthermore, the PSG forward is the subject of a new Netflix docuseries, “Neymar: The Perfect Chaos.” It will be interesting to see when Kylian Mbappé will enter this list because it’s only a matter of time before he does. 

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