Basketball superstar

Nigerian basketball superstar Giannis is the only African among the top 10 highest earning athletes

The Nigerian-born Greek international basketball player is on the Forbes list as the 10th highest earner in the sport over the past 12 months.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, originally named Adetokunbo, is the only person of African descent to feature on this exclusive list which includes the biggest names in the sport.

The 27-year-old Milwaukee Bucks big man is also the youngest name in the top 10 and the only one under 30 to make the list.


‘The Greek Freak’ has earned a total of $80.9 million between May 2021 and May 2022, a total that is only surpassed by nine other sports stars.

Giannis has earned $39.9 million of his total on the field for the Milwaukee Bucks where he is the franchise player, currently on a five-year, $228 million contract.

He also earned $41 million off the field in endorsements, sponsorship deals, appearance fees and memorabilia and licensing revenue for the 12 months.

The rest of the list


3: Cristiano Ronaldo – $115 million

5: Stephen Curry – $92.8 million

7: Roger Federer – $90.7 million

10: Giannis Antetokounmpo – $80.9 million