Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to rank as World’s highest paid Sport Man(See full list)

Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to rank as World's highest paid Sport Man(See full list)

The American business magazine, Forbes has released its annual ranking of the World’s 100 Highest-Paid athletes, who collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion.

Top on the list is Lionel Messi, who is crowned the world’s best paid athlete ahead of his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine and Barcelona star took home £99.8million from salary and endorsements over the past 12 months, while Juventus striker Ronaldo, who is second on the list earned  £85.7m million between his salary and endorsements.

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The world’s most expensive ever footballer and PSG star Neymar completes the top three after ranking in £82.5m

Check out the list of the World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019 below.

Rank    Athlete              Sport    Salary/Winnings £ ($)    Endorsements  £ ($)    Total Earnings £ ($)

1    Lionel Messi               Soccer    72.3m (92m)    27.5m (35m)    99.8m (127m)

 

2    Cristiano Ronaldo    Soccer    51.1m (65m)    34.6m (44m)    85.7m (109m)

 

3    Neymar                        Soccer    58.9m (75m)    23.6m (30m)    82.5m (105m)

 

4    Canelo Alvarez        Boxing    72.3m (92m)    1.6m (2m)    73.9m (94m)

 

5    Roger Federer          Tennis    5.8m (7.4m)    67.6m (86m)    73.4m (93.4m)

 

6    Russell Wilson       Football    63.2m (80.5m)    7m (9m)    70.3m (89.5m)

 

7    Aaron Rodgers       Football    63.1m (80.3m)    7m (9m)    70.2m (89.3m)

 

8    LeBron James     Basketball    28.3m (36m)    41.7m (53m)    70m (89m)

 

9    Stephen Curry    Basketball    29.7m (37.8m)    33m (42m)    62.7m (79.8)

 

10    Kevin Durant    Basketball    23.9m (30.4m)    27.5m (35m)    51.4m (65.4m)

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