Messi beats Ronaldo in 2019 Forbes rich list

Lionel Messi is the world's highest-paid sports star

Lionel Messi is the world's highest-paid sports star

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi is reported to be the world's highest paid athlete, raking in NZ$192 million over the past 12 months according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.

American tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $44 million.

The list, which has been published annually since 1990, was created by the well-known American business magazine and takes into account endorsements, money and salaries garnered by athletes between the period of June 2018 and June 2019 to get an accurate reading for the ranking.

This year's list consists of athletes from 25 different countries and 10 different sports, with basketball being the most represented. However, on this occasion, and thanks to their expensive contracts and their sponsorship deals, it's Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar who lead the way.

For the second successive year, Lionel Messi sits above arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes' latest rich list, ranking as the best-earning footballer across the globe.

Former White House counsel John Dean describes parallels between Trump, Nixon
Dean a "loser" and highlighted his relationship with CNN, a favorite target of the president . Democrats acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the resolution .

However, McGregor not only kept his status as the highest earner from the sport of mixed martial arts, he was also the only MMA fighter to make it into the Top 100.

Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 U.S. stars in the top 100. Neymar (Footballer) $158 million 4.

This year's top earner from the sport of boxing, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, earned just $2 million in endorsements, but his $92 million in salary/winnings matched those of Messi to place him fourth in the list.

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4m. Russell Wilson (NFL player) $135 million 7.

Recommended News

  • Steve Rhodes calls for reserve days after another World Cup washout

    Steve Rhodes calls for reserve days after another World Cup washout

    Rain ensured the covers remained on the pitch and square and prevented the toss taking place as scheduled at 10:00 BST. Rain played spoilsport in Bristol , with the match being cancelled without even a single ball being bowled.
    It's a girl! Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani welcome second child

    It's a girl! Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani welcome second child

    Ranveer, who got to know of Jatin's demise through his social media feed, took to his Instagram story to pour his condolences. She captioned the post, "Thank you very much for the love & blessings @bharattakhtani3 #radhyatakhtani #mirayatakhtani".
    Efforts to raise sunken Danube tour boat starting in Hungary

    Efforts to raise sunken Danube tour boat starting in Hungary

    Crews have struggled to assess how much damage the 70-year-old boat sustained in the collision, salvage experts said. Seven people were rescued after the nigh-time collision in heavy rain.
  • Trump insists he cut secret immigration deal with Mexico

    Trump insists he cut secret immigration deal with Mexico

    This would mean they wouldn't be released into the United States , and that would be a very significant agreement, if it exists. As long as you can get to the United States and not be sent back, life here is always going to be better than life there.
    Fall in vehicle  production hits United Kingdom  growth

    Fall in vehicle production hits United Kingdom growth

    The trade balance for goods narrowed to 12.1 billion pounds ($15.36 billion) from 15.4 billion pounds in March. Exports also slid on a monthly basis, down 10.9 per cent in April, the biggest fall since July 2006.
    Hezbollah-linked bomb factory in London

    Hezbollah-linked bomb factory in London "kept hidden" from 2015

    A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts on behalf of Hezbollah, but was released without charge. This is more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.
  • Saints ink Jordan to 3-year, $52.5M extension

    Saints ink Jordan to 3-year, $52.5M extension

    Jordan posted 12 sacks in 2018 and has reached the double-digit sack mark in four of his eight National Football League campaigns. I'm here for what happened", he continued, "and for what happened, we have to find a way to be better.
    Spider-Man: Far From Home IMAX Poster Revealed

    Spider-Man: Far From Home IMAX Poster Revealed

    Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, and Tony Revolori all co-star. Jackson , Cobie Smulders , Marisa Tomei , Jon Favreau , J.B. Jake Gyllenhaal , Zendaya , Samuel L.
    ASUS to launch 6z not ZenFone 6 in India on June 19

    ASUS to launch 6z not ZenFone 6 in India on June 19

    Measuring 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm, the smartphone packs a 5000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support for fast charging. Also, the display of the Asus Zenfone 6 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
  • New Information About Hudson Valley Fire Chief's Fatal Crash

    New Information About Hudson Valley Fire Chief's Fatal Crash

    He was taking the chopper from the city to New Jersey when he crashed at 787 7th Avenue, a 52-story high-rise. McCormack was not certified to use instruments to help fly through cloudy or bad weather, the FAA said.
    Spain come from behind to beat South Africa

    Spain come from behind to beat South Africa

    Spain was not done, though, as Garcia capped her impressive cameo with a composed finish to move the team to the top of Group B. New Zealand start their tournament with a match against the Netherlands on Wednesday at 1am.
    Focus on 'Ease of Living': PM Modi tells top bureaucrats in meeting

    Focus on 'Ease of Living': PM Modi tells top bureaucrats in meeting

    President @MaithripalaS presented PM @narendramodi the Samadhi Buddha Statue. "Sri Lanka has a special place in our hearts". It has been widely reported that Colombo failed to act on intelligence warnings provided by India.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.