The icon of world football, the Argentinian Lionel Messi pranks the top 100 best paid athletes on the planet in 2019 ahead of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Brazilian Neymar, according to the American magazine Forbes.
In its annual ranking published on Tuesday, Forbes reports that the striker of FC Barcelona has totaled gains of $ 127 million between June 2018 and June 2019. This profit is divided between $ 92 million in wages and bonuses and $ 35 million in the form of partnerships and sponsorship contracts.
He is ahead of his rivals and rivals on the football fields, the Portuguese Ronaldo (109 million dollars) and the Brazilian Neymar (105 million USD).
According to the US magazine, the domination of this podium by footballers is a first since the creation of this ranking in 1990.
In 2018, boxer Floyd Mayweather dominated the top 10 with $ 275 million.
This year, another boxer, the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who comes in fourth place in front of the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.
The top 10 is completed by American football players Russell Wilson ($ 89.5 million) and Aaron Rodgers ($ 89.3 million), basketball star LeBron James ($ 89 million) and two other NBA Stephen players Curry ($ 79.8 million) and Kevin Durant ($ 65.4 million).
American tennis star Serena Williams is the only athlete in the rankings, in 63rd place, with $ 29.2 million.
According to Forbes, elite athletes are making more money than ever before thanks to the increase in salaries generated by television contracts.
The bar to be among the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world is $ 25 million this year, up from $ 17.3 million five years ago.
Forbes has been following top athletes for three decades and only seven athletes have taken first place since 1990 (Tiger Woods holds the record 12 times in first place).
The top 100 covers 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries. Their combined gains of $ 4 billion in earnings and wages between June 2018 and June 2019 are up 5% from last year.