Wednesday, 19 June, 2019


Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi highest earning athlete on $192 million

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Lead Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List Messi beats Ronaldo in 2019 Forbes rich list
Noah Ferguson | 11 June, 2019, 23:39

The theme around this year's Forbes" 100 highest-paid athletes list will likely be "what a difference a year makes, ' as last year's top honoree in Floyd "Money" Mayweather is surprisingly not even on the 2019 list.

Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who switched from Spanish giants Real Madrid to Italian club Juventus at the start of the northern hemisphere season, is second on $164 million with Brazil's Neymar - who plays for French club Paris St-Germain - listed third with earnings of $158 million.

While the Argentine earned a total of $127 million, which includes $92 million in salary and $35 million in endorsements, Ronaldo finished second with earnings worth $109 million ($65 million in salary + $44 million in endorsements).

The top 100 athletes combined to earn more than $4 billion, which is a 4% jump from a year ago when retired boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list, earning $285 million.

The fourth highest earner on the list was WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94 million.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is next footballer on the list but is the 44th highest earner overall.

The bulk of Federer's earnings came through lucrative endorsement deals, with the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion pocketing $86m.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the highest earning National Basketball Association player, with $89m, while Golden State's Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8m.

Curry's Golden State team-mate Kevin Durant was 10th on the rankings with $65.4 million.

Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69.3m, which included an estimated $54m in endorsements.

Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m).

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