Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi dethroned five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather as the very best paid athlete over the previous yr, in line with the annual listing revealed by enterprise journal Forbes on Tuesday.
Messi, who scored 36 objectives whereas main Barcelona to the La Liga title this yr, earned $127 million (£100 million) between his wage and endorsements to maneuver up one spot on the listing of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.
Juventus ahead Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 million), Paris Saint-Germain ahead Neymar ($105 million), Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($94 million) and Swiss tennis nice Roger Federer ($93.four million) rounded out the highest 5.
Mayweather, who topped the listing in 2018 and 4 occasions in seven years, solely had an exhibition match final December in Japan and didn’t crack the highest 100, which is comprised of athletes from 10 completely different sports activities.
Gamers from the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation led all sports activities with 35 gamers among the many high 100, none greater than Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James who was ranked eighth with whole earnings of $89 million.
American soccer was the subsequent most-represented sport with 19 gamers, adopted by baseball with 15, and soccer with 12.
In response to Forbes, the highest-paid athletes of its listing collectively earned $four billion during the last 12 months, up 5% from final yr’s earnings of $3.eight billion.
Forbes additionally stated Individuals dominate the listing with 62 athletes, which it credit to sky-high salaries within the main sports activities leagues. The UK has 5 athletes, France and Spain have three, whereas Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Serbia and Venezuela all have two.