Lionel Messi Second on Forbes List of 100 Highest Paid Athletes

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has moved above rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Forbes list ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.

The Argentine skipper, with earnings of £82.9 million, occupies second spot behind boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, with Ronaldo in third with £80.6 million.

According to the magazine, Messi’s annual salary and bonus were more than £59 million before tax, making him the year’s highest-paid player, with endorsement deals with companies including Adidas and Pepsi adding to his fortune.

His move above Ronaldo comes after he signed a new contract at the Camp Nou, with Brazil star Neymar (£67.2 million) now in fifth place following his world-record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Ronaldo has a place in the list’s top three for a sixth successive year, while Neymar has moved 13 places to fifth after his €222 million move with PSG in 2017.


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