Lionel Messi has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes as soccer players dominated the podium in 2019. The Barcelona forward earned one hundred and twenty-seven million dollars this past year in a combination of his salary and endorsements — $18 million more than second-place Cristiano Ronaldo, who pocketed a total of $109m.
Neymar was the third-highest on the list, having earned $105m this past year. The Brazil international took in seventy-five million dollars in salary, which was $10m more than Ronaldo, while Messi’s income of $92m dwarfed both.
However, the Juventus forward made $44m in endorsements, which was higher than Messi’s $35m and Neymar’s $30m.