Messi takes top spot as Mayweather drops off Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes

Messi takes top spot as Mayweather drops off Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes

Lionel Messi tops Forbes list of richest athletes of the year after emerging the highest-paid athlete of 2019.

Interestingly, Mayweather also known as Money, went from first place on the list in 2018 to nowhere in the top 100.

Messi takes top spot as Mayweather drops off Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes

Footballers occupied the top three with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar closely following the Argentine maestro in second and third place respectively.

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And despite Mayweather making almost twice ($285 million) what Messi has made in 2019 last year — one can't help but wonder how he managed this feat.

The American boxer momentarily seems more preoccupied with spending money rather than making

Footballers occupied the top three with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar closely following the Argentine maestro in second and third place respectively.

Basketball dominated the top 100 list with a total combined earning of $1.3 billion followed by American football at $775 million and soccer at $607 million

Forbes' top 10 highest-paid athletes;

10. Kevin Durant — $65.4 million

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9. Stephen Curry — $79.8 million

8. LeBron James — $89 million

7. Aaron Rodgers — $89.3 million

6. Russell Wilson — $89.5 million

5. Roger Federer — $93.4 million

4. Canelo Alvarez — $94 million

3. Neymar — $105 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo — $109 million

1. Lionel Messi — $127 million

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Tiger Woods who holds the record with 12 times at number one, came in one spot shy of top 10 at 11 with $63.9 million.

UFC fighter Conor Mcgregor made the list at 21 with $47 million, while the youngest player on the list was Kylian Mbappe with $30.6 million.

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