Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes
Forbes have released their list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in 2019.
Looking at some of the overall trends of the list, the baseline to cracking the top 100 is $25 million this year.
Total earnings among the 100 highest paid athletes stand at $4 billion, which is a 5% increase from 2018.
In total, athletes from 25 countries and 10 different sports made the cut.
Leo Messi making more money than Cristiano Ronaldo
Sitting in first place in the Forbes list is Barcelona and Argentine icon Leo Messi.
Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, having earned $127m (£99.8m) in the last 12 months.
For the record, this is the first time that Messi has ever topped the Forbes list.
Second on the list is Juventus and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is said to have earned $109m (£85.6m) in the last year.
Other points of note
PSG and Brazil forward Neymar was third on $105m (£82.5m). He’s the last footballer in the top ten.
The highest earner in the Premier League is Man United’s Paul Pogba on $33m (£25.9m). Pogba is 44th on the list.
Interestingly, last year’s number 1 of the list, boxer Floyd Mayweather, didn’t make the top 100.
Looking at the most dominant sport in the Forbes list, 35 athletes from the NBA made the cut.
Forbes top 10
1. Lionel Messi $127m (£99.8m)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo $109m (£85.6m)
3. Neymar $105m (£82.5m)
4. Canelo Alvarez $94m (£73.8m)
5. Roger Federer $93.4m (£73.3)
6. Russell Wilson $89.5m (£70.3m)
7. Aaron Rodgers $89.3m £70.1m)
8. LeBron James $89m (£69.9m)
9. Stephen Curry $79.8m (£62.7m)
10. Kevin Durant $65.4m (£51.3m)
Social media reaction
Serena Williams is the only woman on the Forbes’ 2019 list of highest-paid athletes pic.twitter.com/0uIA38vazj
— African Brands (@BrandedAfrican) June 12, 2019
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 12, 2019
According to Forbes, Mohamed Salah earns £230,000 a week at Liverpool, ranking him 98th in their 100 highest paid athletes list. #LFC
— LFC Globe (@LFCGlobeUK) June 11, 2019
💰 Boxers on Forbes’ new top 100 highest-paid athletes list (from June 2018 to June 2019):
#⃣4⃣ Canelo Alvarez – $94million
1⃣3⃣ Anthony Joshua – $55million
5⃣6⃣ Deontay Wilder – $30.5million
9⃣2⃣ Manny Pacquiao – $26million
9⃣5⃣ Gennady Golovkin – $25.5million
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 11, 2019