Messi tops Forbes list of wealthiest athletes

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Ranked 83rd past year, Kohli has climbed down to the 100th and last spot despite an increase of Dollars 1 million in endorsements.

Lionel Messi has topped Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes as soccer players dominated the podium in 2019. Forbes's earnings figures include all salaries, bonuses and prize money earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

The top 100 spans 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries with their $4 billion in combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements up 5% from a year ago, when Floyd Mayweather was first with $285 million. On No. 2 is Cristiano Ronaldo, with total earnings of $109 million. Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta is next footballer on the list (46th overall), having earned $32.5 million.

It can be recalled that past year, the player was ranked 83rd and though he has had a $1 million increases as far as endorsement goes, he has moved down to the 100th spot. It is also the first time that footballers have ranked as the top three earners in sports.

The fourth highest earner on the list was WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94 million. Saúl Àlvarez $94m (Boxer, Mexico) 5.

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). It has been reported that $21 million (almost Rs 147 Crores) of the 30-year-old's earnings have come from endorsement deals.

Tennis star Serena Williams was the only woman to feature, coming in 63rd. Cristiano Ronaldo $109M 3. The fifth best paid footballer is Andrés Iniesta, whose 28.5 million Euros consist mostly of his huge contract with Japanese side Vissel Kobe. Russell Wilson (NFL player) $135 million 7.

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