Messi unseats Mayweather as highest-paid athlete

Carrie Guzman
June 14, 2019

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2019, usurping Floyd Mayweather, according to Forbes. The list has it that Virat is estimated to earn as much as $21 million from the endorsements plus $4 million that he draws from winnings as well as salary.

"But basketball players continue to dominate the top 100 overall, with 35 athletes on the list earning a total of $US1.29 billion, with 72% of that income coming from salaries rather than endorsement deals". Like previous year, he is the sole Indian representative and has been ranked 100th, in the list published by Forbs on June 11.

Kohli, 30, was ranked 100 in the list, a dip from his ranking of 83 a year earlier, and was also the only cricketer in the list. The top 100 in this Forbes list span 10 sports and include athletes from 25 countries. Cespedes is 62nd on the list and is listed as making $29.4 million a year.

Meanwhile, star singles tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman athlete in the list at the 63rd spot.

Juventus forward Ronaldo became the first footballer to top the list in 2016 and the 34-year-old retained his top-spot in 2017.

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But if other factors and competitions are considered (like the inaugural 2019 UEFA nations league), then, Mr Cristiano Ronaldo has just shot himself back into contention (top 3 now) for the ballon d'Or- why shouldn't he be there in the first place.

On Tuesday, June 11, Forbes released its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world.

Messi was assessed in the annual sporting rich list to be the clear highest earning athlete on the planet with more than $US18 million more than nearest rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star earned a total of $105 million.

Tennis player Roger Federer was the fifth highest-earner on $93.4m.

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