Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar Top Forbes 100 Highest Paid Athletes, See Full List

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.

Juventus’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m).

Last year’s highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.

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

Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m).

The American business magazine calculated the athletes’ earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.

The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year when Mayweather was first with $285m (£224m).

The American boxer’s only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.

Athletes had to earn a minimum of $25m (£19.6m) to make this year’s list.

Messi is only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo, and only the eighth different athlete to take the number one spot since the rankings began in 1990.

It is also the first time that footballers have ranked as the top three earners in sports.

Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 US stars in the top 100.

The NBA accounted for the most athletes with 35, with LA Lakers’ LeBron James the sport’s highest paid athlete in eighth on $89m ahead of Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry (9th on $79.8m) and Kevin Durant (10th on $65.4m).

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is the highest earning Premier League player in 44th place with $33m (£25.9m).

Top 10

  1. Lionel Messi $127m (£99.8m)
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo $109m (£85.6m)
  3. Neymar $105m (£82.5m)
  4. Canelo Alvarez $94m (£73.8m)
  5. Roger Federer $93.4m (£73.3)
  6. Russell Wilson $89.5m (£70.3m)
  7. Aaron Rodgers $89.3m £70.1m)
  8. LeBron James $89m (£69.9m)
  9. Stephen Curry $79.8m (£62.7m)

10, Kevin Durant $65.4m (£51.3m)

See FULL LIST here

Source: BBC

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Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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  1. Team Messi!!
    this guy’s my man crush everyday Sha.

  2. Emmanuella Ezeifeka

    Too much money. Gosh. I can’t believe my eyes

  3. footballer’s are always making millions every week and also other sports men and women

  4. They worked for it so they deserve it

  5. Nwaneri Nancy chiwendu2018054126

    Messi is one of the top first richest player.waw

  6. Uzoezie Munachi Jennifer

    Team Ronaldo!!! Keep winning

  7. Eke Macdera Rachel

    Messi my dream man. God see money shaa

  8. Eke Macdera Rachel

    Hmm Messi my dream man
    See Money,Ego!!

  9. Hardwork comes with success.keep making the money.

  10. Nweke chukwuebuka Emmanuel 2018054043

    Messi the G.o.A T

  11. Tor let me kick ball so that they will give me my own millions.

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