Lionel Messi Named Forbes Highest-Paid Sport Athlete 2019, Ronaldo 2nd [Top 10] - MySportDab - Sports News Nigeria


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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Lionel Messi Named Forbes Highest-Paid Sport Athlete 2019, Ronaldo 2nd [Top 10]

Barcelona Star Lionel Messi has been named the highest paid sports athlete in the world in 2019 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Forbes.

The Argentina star earned $127m in the last year – more than Juventus forward Ronaldo ($109m) in second place and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar ($105m) in third.

It is the first time that a trio of footballers have ranked as the top three earners, while Messi becomes only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo.

The next footballer on the list is Manchester United's Paul Pogba in 44th place, who is the highest earning Premier League player with $33m.

Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta (46th), who now plays his football in Japan with Vissel Kobe, is the only other player to be found inside the top 50, with earnings of $32.5m.

Outside of the top 50, Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez can be found at 53, with earnings of $30.8m for the past 12 months.

La Liga stars Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) come in at 75 and 79 respectively, with Griezmann on $27.7 and Bale with $27.1m.

Last year's highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list, while Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m.

Top 10 Highest-paid Sports Athletes 2019 - Forbes

1. Lionel Messi Soccer ($127m)
2. Cristian Ronaldo Soccer ($109m)
3. Neymar Soccer ($105m)
4. Canelo Alvarez Boxing ($94m)
5. Roger Federer Tennis ($93.4m)
6.Russell Wilson Soccer ($89.5m)
7. Aaron Rogers Soccer ($89.3m)
8. LeBron James Basketball ($89m)
9. Stephen Curry Basketball ($79.8m)
10. Kevin Durant Basketball ($65.4m)

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