Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/06/19 10:43pm
Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the highest-paid sports star, according to the Forbes list.
The Barcelona star earned $127m (£99.8m) over the last 12 months: $92m in salary and winnings and $35m in endorsements, according to the American business magazine.
Juventus and Portugal striker Ronaldo earned $109m (£85.6m), with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar third with $105m (£82.5m).
Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez is fourth on the list with $94m (£73.8m), while Roger Federer was in fifth position on $93.4m (£73.3m).
Serena Williams was the only female athlete in the top 100, in 63rd position with $29.2m (£22.9m).
Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua were the highest-placed Britons, sitting at joint-13th on $55m (£43.2m).
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the highest-earning Premier League star, his $33m (£25.9m) putting him in 44th place.
But there was no place in the top 100 for last year's highest earner, Floyd Mayweather.
Forbes' 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2019:
1 Lionel Messi - $127m (£99.8m)
2 Cristiano Ronaldo - $109m (£85.6m)
3 Neymar - $105m (£82.5m)
4 Canelo Alvarez - $94m (£73.8m),
5 Roger Federer - 93.4million (£73.3m)
6 Russell Wilson - $89.5m (£70.3m)
7 Aaron Rodgers - $89.3m (£70.1m)
8 LeBron James - $89m (£69.9m)
9 Stephen Curry - $79.8m (£62.7m)
10 Kevin Durant - $65.4m (£51.3m)