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Forbes Top 100 Rankings for Highest Paid Athletes

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Not too sure where to post this but it's not all to do with Messi or football but other sport too, move or merge if you must oh mighty ones.  :D :ay:

 

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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 rankings.

Juventus's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m).

Last year's highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.

Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m).

Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m).

The American business magazine calculated the athletes' earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.

The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year when Mayweather was first with $285m (£224m).

The American boxer's only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.

Athletes had to earn a minimum of $25m (£19.6m) to make this year's list.

Messi is only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo, and only the eighth different athlete to take the number one spot since the rankings began in 1990.

It is also the first time that footballers have ranked as the top three earners in sports.

Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 US stars in the top 100.

The NBA accounted for the most athletes with 35, with LA Lakers' LeBron James the sport's highest-paid athlete in eighth on $89m ahead of Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry (9th on $79.8m) and Kevin Durant (10th on $65.4m).

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the highest earning Premier League player in 44th place with $33m (£25.9m).

Top 10

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 $93.4m (£73.3)

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)

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Is this basic wage or marketing included?

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If it includes personal sponsorships and name branding then Neymar surely has to be at the top although that is changing massively as I write this on his part.

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Other footballers (soccer players according to Forbes) that are further down the list. Iniesta who's plying his trade in Japan at the moment, Antoine Griezmann who's about to move club, Alexis Sánchez who's on a long holiday in Manchester with Paul Pogba and also Gareth Bale who where they got the sport wrong and haven't heard he's now a golfer.

Oh... and Mesut Özil

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Paul Pogba I get on that list and the others too because of their status and in some cases inflated contracts but I don't see how Alexis is on there? I figured Bale would be above him honestly.

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Surprised Messi would top Ronaldo in an endorsements list.

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16 hours ago, MUFC said:

Is this basic wage or marketing included?

I would imagine Endorsements should answer that. 

 

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