LeBron James is number one on Sportico’s list of highest-paid players of 2022. Not only was he the highest-paid player, he was also the highest-paid player in his career.
“The 18-time All-Star has earned $127 million from the Lakers and his expanding out-of-court empire in the last 12 months,” Sportico said. report“This is the highest record in his 20-year career and more than any other athlete on the planet,” he added.
The Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs this year and for the second year in a row, but that didn’t affect James’ earnings. Instead, James raked it in with his rich shoe deals, deep ties with China, and TV and film deals.
James earned a salary of $41 million as an NBA player. Sportico reported and finished second in the NBA in points scored with 28.5 points per game for the 2021-22 season. But it was the smallest windfall that came his way.
When it comes to sports, James has a stake in the Boston Red Sox as well as a stake in Liverpool, the English Premier League football team.
Laker also makes millions of dollars through Nike contracts and warranties, Walmart, GMC, AT&T, PepsiCo, and other deals. In addition, private brands including Calm, Ladder/Openfit, and Lobos 1707 tequila all bring copious returns.
Nike, of course, is heavy. investment In the past year, it has generated more than $6 billion in revenue in the Chinese market. And in fact, James is one of Nike’s best-selling names in the Chinese market.
Nike is one of 83 international companies that directly or indirectly benefit from Chinese slave labor.
Protesters against Chinese slave labor (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
James also fills his pockets with earnings from the 7-year-old media group SpringHill Company.
Almost all of these deals lead to China manufacturing its products in Chinese factories, leading to media projects that generate millions of dollars from Chinese audiences.
It is not surprising that James, who has all these beneficial relations with the communist state, refuses to criticize China for its genocide human rights violations.
Pro-Uyghur protesters against slave labor in China (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty)
At the top of the Sportico ranking are Lionel Messi ($122 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($115 million), Neymar ($103 million) and Canelo Alvarez ($89 million).
In the top 10, Stephen Curry ($86.2 million) was at number 6, followed by Kevin Durant ($85.9 million), Roger Federer ($85.7 million), James Harden ($76 million) and Tiger Woods ($73.5 million) in 10th place. .