Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time.
The Argentine, who was ranked second last year, earned $127m (€112m) over the last 12 months, more than any other athlete on the planet.
Forbes has tracked the leading earners in sports for three decades, and only seven athletes have landed in the top spot since 1990 (Tiger Woods holds the record with 12 times at No. 1). Global soccer icon Lionel Messi adds an eighth name to the roll call this year and, after longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo, is only the second soccer player to rank first.
The top 100 spans 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries. Their $4 billion in combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019 is up 5% from last year, when Floyd Mayweather was first with $285 million.
The cutoff to crack the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes is $25 million this year, compared with $17.3 million five years ago
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