​Barcelona star Lionel Messi has topped Forbes’ listing of the very best paid athletes on the planet forward of former Manchester United and Actual Madrid ahead Cristiano Ronaldo.

Of their listing of the highest 100 highest paid stars, Messi dethroned boxer Floyd ‘Cash’ Mayweather who topped final 12 months’s rankings, incomes a reported $127m over final 12 months by way of a mixture of wages and endorsements.

Lionel Messi

Juventus star Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar full the highest three in Forbes’ listing, standing alone as the one athletes to pocket over $100m over the past 12 months.

Though the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals go to soccer gamers, solely Paul Pogba (44) and Andrés Iniesta (46) are additionally within the high 50.

Additional down, Alexis Sánchez (53), Kylian Mbappé (55), Mesut Özil (57), Oscar (66), Antoine Griezmann (75), Gareth Bale (79) and Mohamed Salah (99) make up soccer’s illustration on the listing.

Regardless of having 12 gamers on the listing, it is largely dominated by stars from sports activities like American soccer and basketball.

Paris Saint-Germain winger and World Cup winner Mbappé is the youngest participant on your complete high 100 listing, two years youthful than second place Saquon Barkley – a operating again for the New York Giants.


On the different finish of the spectrum, Iniesta is just the 16th oldest participant on the listing, with 48-year-old golfer Phil Mickelson (19th by way of earnings) claiming the title.

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