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Lionel Messi Tops List of World's Highest Paid Athletes Ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo
90min
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:40

Lionel Messi Tops List of World's Highest Paid Athletes Ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

90min
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:40

​Barcelona star Lionel Messi has topped Forbes list of the highest paid athletes on the planet ahead of former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi Tops List of World's Highest Paid Athletes Ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

In their list of the top 100 highest paid stars, Messi dethroned boxer Floyd Money Mayweather who topped last years rankings, earning a reported $127m over last 12 months through a combination of wages and endorsements.
Juventus star Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germains Neymar complete the top three in Forbes list, standing alone as the only athletes to pocket over $100m over the last year.
Although the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals go to football players, only Paul Pogba (44) and Andrés Iniesta (46) are also in the top 50.
Further down, Alexis Sánchez (53), Kylian Mbappé (55), Mesut zil (57), Oscar (66), Antoine Griezmann (75), Gareth Bale (79) and Mohamed Salah (99) make up footballs representation on the list.
Despite having 12 players on the list, its largely dominated by stars from sports like American football and basketball.
Paris Saint-Germain winger and World Cup winner Mbappé is the youngest player on the entire top 100 list, two years younger than second place Saquon Barkley - a running back for the New York Giants.
At the other end of the spectrum, Iniesta is only the 16th oldest player on the list, with 48-year-old golfer Phil Mickelson (19th in terms of earnings) claiming the title.