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Lionel Messi Named The Highest Paid Athlete In The World, Ahead Of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Barcelona player, Lionel Messi has unseated Floyd Mayweather after being named the world’s highest paid athlete for the first time, up from second place last year, with $127 million in total earnings.

Messi’s longtime rival, Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 2, who earned $109 million between his salary and endorsements while Neymar is no 3.

Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media said;

“The global impact of soccer is clearly reflected in earnings in 2019, with the top three athletes on the list being Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar.

But basketball players continue to dominate the top 100 overall with 35 athletes on the list earning a total of $1.29 billion, with 72% of that income coming from salaries rather than endorsement deals.”

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