Lionel Messi succeeds boxer Floyd Mayweather as the highest paid sportsman on the planet. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Argentina received $ 127 million in revenue (112.5 million euros), divided between $ 92 million salary and $ 35 million sponsorship. He is ahead of two other football stars on the podium, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 109 million) and the attacker PSG Neymar ($ 105 million).
There are three French athletes in the top 100, three footballers world champions 2018: Paul Pogba, in the 44th place (33 million dollars), Kylian Mbappé, who is 20 years the youngest athlete to be in the ranking, to 55th place (30.6 million dollars), and Antoine Griezmann, 75th place (27.7 million dollars).
Forbes says it’s the first time since the rankings were created in 1990 that the podium is made up entirely of football players. Messi also becomes the fourth athlete only to appear in first place after Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo, his runner-up this year.
In total, ten sports are represented in the top 100. It is the basket with the most representatives, with 35 NBA players, followed by football (19) and baseball (15). Note that a sportswoman appears in this ranking, the tennis player Serena Williams (63rd, 29.2 million dollars).