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.
— Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019
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.
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