Forbes 2022's Highest-Paid AthletesList has ranked Lebron James as the top NBA player

Forbes 2022's Highest-Paid AthletesList has ranked Lebron James as the top NBA player ...

Lebron James may not compete in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, but he is the highest-paid basketball player according toforbes. Coming in at No. 2 on the 2022 10 Highest-Paid Athletes List, the Los Angeles Laker reportedly earned $121.2 million in pre-tax earnings. He follows Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, who earns $130 million.

According to the survey, the world''s ten highest-paid athletes earned $992 million in pre-tax revenue in the last 12 months, the third highest total ever. This came after 2021s $1.05 billion and 2018s $1.06 billion. An estimated $500 million is the result of endorsements, appearances, memorabilia, and cash returns from the companies they operate and equity stakes they sold.

Lebron James, who earns $41.2 million on-court in addition to $80 million in off-court earnings, can thank not only his generational basketball skills, but also his charitable endeavors, such as Space Jam: A New Legacy, an endorsement agreement with, and other investments and opportunities.

There are other NBA players who are among the ten greatest ballers in sports: Stephen Curry at No. 5, Kevin Durant at No. 6, and Giannis Antetokounpo, who has closed the list at No. 10. According to Forbes, in January 2022, no women were included on the list. Both Simone Biles and Candace Parker were also included on the list.

Forbes accounted for on-field earnings figures, including all prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned between May 1, 2021 and May 1, 2022. Moreover, bonuses are included for the 2021 NFL season and the 2020-21 NBA season. Forbes does not deduct taxes or agents fees, and the list includes athletes active at any point during the 12-month period.

Read below and on Forbes'' ranked list of the top ten highest-paid athletes.

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