American business magazine, Forbes has released its annual ranking of the World’s 100 Highest-Paid athletes, who collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion.
Top on the list is Lionel Messi, who is crowned the world’s best paid athlete ahead of his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentine and Barcelona star took home £99.8million from salary and endorsements over the past 12 months, while Juventus striker Ronaldo, who is second on the list earned £85.7m million between his salary and endorsements.
The world’s most expensive ever footballer and PSG star Neymar completes the top three after ranking in £82.5m
Check out the list of the World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019 below.
Rank Athlete Sport Salary/Winnings £ ($) Endorsements £ ($) Total Earnings £ ($)