Messi beats Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list

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Messi beats Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list
Messi beats Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list

Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to top spot in Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s 100 highest-paid sports stars.

The Barcelona forward earned $127 million over the last 12 months, $92 million in salary and winnings and $35 million in endorsements, according to the American business magazine.

Juventus striker Ronaldo earned $109 million, with a third footballer, Brazil’s Neymar, third with $105 million.

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez is fourth on the list with $94 million, with Roger Federer fifth with $93.4 million.

Serena Williams was the only female athlete in the top 100, in 63rd position with $29.2 million.

Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua were the highest-placed Britons, sitting at joint 13th on $55 million.

Serena Williams is the only woman in Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-earning athletes (Steven Paston/PA)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the highest-earning Premier League star, his $33 million putting him at 44th place.

There was no place in the top 100 for last year’s highest earner, Floyd Mayweather.

The top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2019, according to Forbes:

1 Lionel Messi $127 million

2 Cristiano Ronaldo $109 million

3 Neymar $105 million

4 Canelo Alvarez $94 million

5 Roger Federer $93.4 million

6 Russell Wilson $89.5 million

7 Aaron Rodgers $89.3 million

8 LeBron James $89 million

9 Stephen Curry $79.8 million

10 Kevin Durant $65.4 million

– Press Association

Source: Sports