Lakers' LeBron James earns $127 million as the year's 'highest-paid athlete'

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"Men's basketball and soccer players dominate a new Sportico list of the highest-paid athletes in the world."

"The list uses salaries and professional winnings on the court and field, plus estimates on what athletes earn in endorsements, licensing, appearances, and ownership stakes."

"Lakers superstar LeBron James tops the list, with an estimated $126 million in earnings, with $90 million in endorsements and money made off the court."

"James made $126.9 million and was followed by Lionel Messi at $122 million."

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"Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford led all NFL players ($73.3 million), while Angels slugger Mike Trout ranks 24th, earning $49.5 million."

"No NHL players cracked the Top 100, as the hockey league's highest-paid player is Oilers center Connor McDavid, who earned $15 million in 2021."

"Two women —Naomi Osaka (20th) and Serena Williams (52nd) — earned spots on the list."

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"Osaka made $52 million of her $53.2 million in endorsements, while Williams made $35.3 million, only $300,000 of which came in winnings."

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