Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Messi named world highest paid athlete

Lionel Messi Messi has scored 603 goals in 687 games for Barcelona
Shannon Reynolds | 13 June, 2019, 20:46

However, despite an increase of United States dollars 1m in endorsements, he has fallen from the 83rd rank that he held on the 2018 list.

Lionel Messi was the world's highest paid athlete over the past year, Forbes reported on Tuesday in its annual sporting rich list.

In this age of sky-high contracts and lucrative endorsements, worldwide athletes are making more money than ever before. The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year, when Mayweather was first with $285m. Behind Messi is longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 2), who earned $109 million between his salary and endorsements.

Boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was the highest-earning non-footballer on the 2019 list, with $94m in total - just $2m of which were through endorsements, meaning he had the same salary as Messi.

Messi is only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo, and only the eighth different athlete to take the number one spot since the rankings began in 1990.

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Mayweather has dropped off the list this year.

Kyrie Irving is now the highest-paid athlete in Boston, earning a salary of $20.3 million and making $23 million in endorsements. This is the first time that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was another big mover, jumping up to fifth on the list with total earnings of $US93.4 million. He earned $7.4 million in salary/winnings, but picked up a colossal $86 million in endorsements, the most of any athlete on the list.

The remaining $4 million (around Rs 26.5 Crores) comes from the captain's salary and victories on the 22 yards.

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Thirty-five of their players featured (down from 40 last year), headed by LeBron James at $US89 million.

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