Lionel Messi highest paid athlete in the world

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

Tuesday afternoon, Forbes released its annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes consisting of the top 100 highest-earning players across all sports.

The next footballer to feature on the list is Paul Pogba, who takes home around 30 million Euros a year.

The rankings is based on overall earnings which includes salaries, winnings from respective sports and endorsement deals all amassed over the period between June 2018 to June 2019. Cost of admission to the 2019 list is the highest ever at $25 million, up $2.1 million from the previous year.

The top 100 spans 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries with their $4 billion in combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements up 5% from a year ago, when Floyd Mayweather was first with $285 million.

Brazilian PSG star Neymar ($105 million) completed a hat-trick of footballers at the top of Forbes' list, listed at number three despite earning $10 million more in salary/winnings than the Portuguese star. The American boxer's only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.


Messi was one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 United States stars in the top 100.

To make the top 100, athletes had to earn a minimum of $US25 million.

Stars from the National Football League and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sixth on $89.5m, just ahead of Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89.3m).

Despite earning $9 million more in endorsements than his rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo's $65 million salary was dwarfed by the Barcelona star's $92 million pay packet.

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4m. His endorsements are worth $3 million. Neymar $105M 4. Canelo Alvarez $94M 5.

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