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Forbes Rankings: Lionel Messi becomes highest paid athlete in the world

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Barcelona’s star forward, Lionel Messi has been crowned as the highest paid athlete by Forbes, in its latest rankings of 100 Highest-paid athletes around the world.

The ranking which is done annually, also revealed that the 100 athletes featured in the list, earned a whopping sum of $4 billion between last year and now cumulatively, beating the total of $3.8 billion recorded previously.

Messi defeated the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Federer, LeBron James, after earning the sum of £99.8million through his salary and other endorsements.

Forbes Rankings: Lionel Messi becomes highest paid athlete in the world
See the list of the top ten below.
Rank    Athlete              Sport    Salary/Winnings £ ($)    Endorsements  £ ($)    Total Earnings £ ($)

1    Lionel Messi               Soccer    72.3m (92m)    27.5m (35m)    99.8m (127m)

 

2    Cristiano Ronaldo    Soccer    51.1m (65m)    34.6m (44m)    85.7m (109m)

 

3    Neymar                        Soccer    58.9m (75m)    23.6m (30m)    82.5m (105m)

 

4    Canelo Alvarez        Boxing    72.3m (92m)    1.6m (2m)    73.9m (94m)

 

5    Roger Federer          Tennis    5.8m (7.4m)    67.6m (86m)    73.4m (93.4m)

 

6    Russell Wilson       Football    63.2m (80.5m)    7m (9m)    70.3m (89.5m)

 

7    Aaron Rodgers       Football    63.1m (80.3m)    7m (9m)    70.2m (89.3m)

 

8    LeBron James     Basketball    28.3m (36m)    41.7m (53m)    70m (89m)

 

9    Stephen Curry    Basketball    29.7m (37.8m)    33m (42m)    62.7m (79.8)

 

10    Kevin Durant    Basketball    23.9m (30.4m)    27.5m (35m)    51.4m (65.4m)

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