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LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo Top Paid Athletes

You say your salary no longer covers both rent AND the cost of gasoline?  You may want to avert your eyes then.

According to Sportico, Lebron James made $126,000,000 in the last year.  The numbers are based on the period of July 2021 – June 2022.

He is also the lone American in the top five, though Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ($86.2 million), Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets ($85.9 million), James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers ($76 million) and golfer Tiger Woods ($73.5 million) are in the top 10. Tennis star Naomi Osaka ($53.2 million) is the top-earning woman on the list. Serena Williams ($35.3 million) is the only other woman in the top 100.

Sportico’s estimates are based on earnings from June 2021 to May 2022 and combine salary and prize money. It also includes incentives and bonuses, along with endorsements from things like sponsorships, licensing, royalties, memorabilia, and media appearances. Altogether, the top 100 combined to earn $4.5 billion in this timeframe, up 6% from last year.