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Revealed: The top 50 athletes who made the most off-field earnings in 2022, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz

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Revealed: The top 50 athletes who made the most off-field earnings in 2022, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Tennis legend Roger Federer emerged as the athlete who made the most off-field business earnings in 2022 ahead of LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to new findings.

OLBG conducted the study and found that Federer, who called it time on his legendary career last September, took home an eye-watering $90m off the court.

According to the findings, the 41-year-old Swiss former tennis player reportedly made only $0.7m from his tournament winnings in 2022.

Federer’s off-court earnings included a hefty $30m from his deal with Japanese brand Uniqlo, who he inked a lucrative 10-year deal with in 2018.



In a close second to Federer was none other than Los Angeles Lakers superstar James, who was $10m shy of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

James, who made Forbes’ 12 new sports billionaires in 2023 alongside Tiger Woods, has made an eye-watering off-court earnings of $900m in total so far.

The 38-year-old future NBA Hall of Famer made $80m in off-field earnings in 2022 alone and has several lucrative deals in place off the court, including a collaboration with Nike.


Posted below are the 50 athletes with the most off-field business earnings in 2022.

= Ryan Ramczyk (American football): $0.1m

= Marshon Lattimore (American football): $0.1m

48. Deshaun Watson (American football): $ $0.1m


= Amari Cooper (American football): $0.5m

46. John Wall (basketball): $0.5m

45. TJ Watt (American football): $1.0m

= Max Verstappen (racing driver): $2.0m


43. Tyson Fury (boxing): $2.0m

= Stefon Diggs (American football): $2.5m

= Kirk Cousins (American football): $2.5m

40. Matthew Stafford (American football): $2.5m


39. Kemba Walker (basketball): $3.0m

= Bradley Beal (basketball): $4.0m

37. Josh Allen (American football): $4.0m

36. Canelo Alvarez (boxing): $5.0m

35. Kawhi Leonard (basketball): $6.0m

= Jake Paul (boxing): $8.0m

= Chris Paul (basketball): $8.0m

= Joel Embiid (basketball): $8.0m

= Devin Booker (basketball): $8.0m

30. Lewis Hamilton (racing driver): $8.0m

29. Paul George (basketball): $8.5m

= Conor McGregor (MMA): $10.0m

27. Anthony Davis (basketball): $10.0m

26. Aaron Rodgers (American football): $11.0m

= Dak Prescott (American football): $12.0m

24. Jimmy Butler (basketball): $12.0m

= Russell Wilson (American football): $14.0m

22. Mike Trout (baseball): $14.0m

21. Kylian Mbappe (football): $15.0m

20. Klay Thompson (basketball): $17.0m

18. Mohamed Salah (football): $18.0m

18. Damian Lillard (basketball): $18.0m

17. Patrick Mahomes (American football): $20.0m

16. Neymar (football): $25.0m

15. James Harden (basketball): $30.0m

14. Rory McIlroy (golf): $34.0m

13. Russell Westbrook (basketball): $35.0m

12. Giannis Antetokounmpo (basketball): $41.0m

11. Phil Mickelson (golf): $42.0m

10. Serena Williams (tennis): $45.0m

9. Stephen Curry (basketball): $47.0m

8. Kevin Durant (basketball): $50.0m

7. Tom Brady (American football): $52.0m

= Lionel Messi (football): $55.0m

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (football): $55.0m

4. Naomi Osaka (tennis): $58.0m

3. Tiger Woods (golf): $68.0m

2. LeBron James (basketball): $80.0m

1. Roger Federer (tennis): $90.0m

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Roger Federer, Lebron James, Tiger Woods, Naomi Osaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Tom Brady, Serena Williams

Adnan Riaz
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