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Messi Dusts Ronaldo, Others In World Earnings

Barcelona of Spain star, Lionel Messi has gained another edge above his main rival, Cristiano Ronbaldo of Juventus of Italy, as the Argentina ace is now the world’s highest paid sports star.

After earning $127m (which is about £99.8m) in the past 12 months, Messi now tops Forbes’ top 100 ranking, while Portugal’s Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) and Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian forward, Neymar third on $105m (£82.5m).

Last year’s highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list, as the American boxer’s only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.

Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m), while American female tennis star, Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m).

The American business magazine calculated the athletes’ earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.

The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year, when Mayweather was first with $285m (£224m).

Athletes had to earn a minimum of $25m (£19.6m) to make this year’s list, on which five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m).

The American business magazine calculated the athletes’ earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.

The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year, when Mayweather was first with $285m (£224m). Athletes had to earn a minimum of $25m (£19.6m) to make this year’s list.

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