Saturday, 15 June, 2019

Footballers dominate Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List

Lionel Messi Messi has scored 603 goals in 687 games for Barcelona
Sidney Guerrero | 13 June, 2019, 20:43

Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi dethroned five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather as the highest paid athlete over the past year, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Tuesday.

Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who switched from Spanish giants Real Madrid to Italian club Juventus at the start of the northern hemisphere season, is second on $164 million with Brazil's Neymar - who plays for French club Paris St-Germain - listed third with earnings of $158 million. Like a year ago, he is the sole Indian representative and has been ranked 100th, in the list published by Forbs on June 11. Cost of admission to the 2019 list is the highest ever at $25 million, up $2.1 million from the previous year. However, despite an increase of United States dollars 1m in endorsements, he has fallen from the 83rd rank that he held on the 2018 list. Tennis players make four times as much from endorsements and appearance fees as from prize money.

In the "top 10" of the classification are also football players Russell Wilson (79 million euros) and Aaron Rodgers (78.8 million euros), and NBA basketball players LeBron James (78.6 million euros), Stephen Curry (70.4 million euros) and Kevin Durant (57.7 million euros).

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4m.

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Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69,3-million, which included an estimated $54-million in endorsements.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the highest earning National Basketball Association player, with $89m, while Golden State's Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8m.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has once again been featured in the Forbes list of World's highest-paid athletes. His endorsements are worth $3 million. Neymar (Footballer) $158 million 4.

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