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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Lead Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List Messi beats Ronaldo in 2019 Forbes rich list
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2019, 11:25

According to the Forbes list, Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid athlete at the moment with an estimated earning amount of Dollars 27 million.

As per the list released by Forbes, Virat Kohli earned total of $25 million a year ago, which is approximately Rs 175 crore.

Barcelona and Argentina star Messi dethroned retired five division world champion Floyd Mayweather as the sports world's highest earner, raking in $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. Endorsement income experienced an increase of 12.5% to $987 million this year.

European football's finances have grown over recent years and this has seen others up with Messi in the list with Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG's Neymar also pulling in huge attention from sponsors on top of their salaries.

This year's list has a representative from ten different sports, with National Basketball Association stars leading the pack.

In terms of sponsorship, Ronaldo earns more than Messi and Neymar, taking home 38 million Euros a year from deals with sponsors.

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The next footballer to feature on the list is Paul Pogba, who takes home around 30 million Euros a year.

Meanwhile tennis superstar Serena Williams was the only woman to make the list, coming in at 63rd with earnings of US$29.2 million.

The full 100-spot list can be viewed via this link. On No. 2 is Cristiano Ronaldo, with total earnings of $109 million.

Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69,3-million, which included an estimated $54-million in endorsements. The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star earned a total of $105 million.

From leading India to victory in the U19 World Cup in 2008 to making the Forbes list of highest paid athletes for the third consecutive time, the Delhi lad has definitely come a long way. Roger Federer $93.4m (Tennis Player, Switzerland) 6.