LeBron James took plenty of Ls in the last 12 months but The King's bank account certainly didn't because the L.A. superstar raked in a reported $121 MILLION this past year Forbes just released its annual "top-10 highest-paid athletes in the world" list and LBJ came in second place, just behind Lionel Messi who the outlet reports garnered around $130 million. Forbes says LBJ's cash flow was obviously inflated by his huge Lakers contract but his ventures with the new 'Space Jam' flick, his "The Shop: Uninterrupted" talk show, and other endorsement deals pushed him over the $100 million mark, which is quite the feat. James is only the 10th athlete ever to earn more than $100 mil in a 12-month span and his $121,000,000 figure marks the most ever earned by an NBA player in a year (he previously held the record with $96.5 mil). Outside of Messi and Bron a whole bunch of soccer players and basketball players rounded out the top 10, with Cristiano Ronaldo (#3, $115 million), Neymar (#4, $95 million) Stephen Curry, (#5, $92.8 million), Kevin Durant (#6, $92.1 million) and Giannis Antetokouumpo (#10, $80.9 million) making the cut. As for the 10 dudes at the top of the heap Forbes says in total, they all earned a combined $992 million in the last year.