Having joined the senior team, Messi signed his first contract. It reduced the length of his Barcelona deal by two years to 2010 while raising the buyout clause to €150 million.

One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, according to reports. With earnings of $56.5 million in 2013, he overtook Bryant as the highest-paid basketball player in the world.

Ronaldo was accused of defrauding the tax authority out of over €15 million between 2011 and 2014, an accusation he vigorously contested at the time.

He signed up with the NFTSTAR platform in November and spent almost $1 million on two Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs in a single day in January, so he is also getting involved in the NFT industry.

Stephen Curry earned the highest pay of any NBA player this season, and the Golden State Warriors guard is due an increase after agreeing to a four-year, $215 million agreement in August.

Only LeBron James ($32 million) among active players has a sneaker deal worth more than Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant's $28 million per year.

In 2019, he also made an investment in the rising Swiss shoe manufacturer On, which raised more than $600 million when it went public in September.

With earnings of at least $40 million from his two pay-per-view victories in May and November of last year, Canelo Alvarez is boxing's top draw.

Brady cofounded the NFT platform Autograph last year, and it raised $170 million in a Series B fundraising round that was reported in January.

He inked a licensing agreement with NFT platform and was one of the investors in WatchBox's $165 million fundraising round, which was revealed in November.