With a combined earning of $430 million, here are the highest-paid black athletes of 2022

Abu Mubarik May 10, 2023
With a combined earning of $430 million, here are the highest-paid black athletes of 2022
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Kylian Mbappe 

Kylian Mbappe replaced LeBron James as the highest-earning black athlete in the world with a total earning of $120 million. The 24-year-old French footballer made his debut between May 1, 2022, and May 1, 2023, according to a recently released Forbes list.

The star footballer earned an estimated $20 million from off-field sources such as sponsorships, appearance fees, and licensing income for the 12 months leading up to May 1, 2023, fortifying his place as the third highest-paid athlete in the world.

Mbappe was born on December 20, 1998, in Paris to his mother, Fayza Lamari, and his father, Wilfred Mbappe – a French-Cameroonian coach and agent. He made waves in the football world by signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 when he was 18 and later became the second-most expensive player and the priciest teenage player in history, with a transfer fee of €180 million.

He soon climbed up from the 35th position of the highest-paid athletes in the world, to number three within a year. Mbappe also holds the highest-paying salary in all of football, with a monthly wage of €4 million and a signing-on figure of approximately €100 million.

He currently has one World Cup title under his belt and another World Cup Final appearance in 2022. Forbes notes him as the first player ambassador for Sorare, a cryptocurrency-based fantasy game in June.

Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: June 19, 2023


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