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Messi Unseats Mayweather on Forbes List, Canelo in #4 Position

Lionel Messi was the world's highest paid athlete over the past year, Forbes reported on Tuesday in its annual sporting rich list.

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.

Mayweather, who only had an exhibition bout on December 31 in Japan, went from being the top earner on the 2018 list, due to his 2017 mega-fight with Conor McGregor, from not being on the list at all.

The new list put Messi ahead of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal star who was second with earnings of $109 million.

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar completed a sweep of the top three positions by footballers, coming in third with earnings of $105 million.

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The fourth highest earner on the list was WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94 million.

Canelo, who defeated Gennady Golovkin last September to become the unified middleweight champion, inked a very lucrative deal last October, signing a five-year 11-fight contract with streaming network DAZN worth $365 million.

Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4 million.

The bulk of Federer's earnings came through lucrative endorsement deals, with the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion pocketing $86 million.

Stars from the NFL and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sixth on $89.5 million, just ahead of Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 million).

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the highest earning NBA player, with $89 million, while Golden State's Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8 million.

Curry's Golden State team-mate Kevin Durant was 10th on the rankings with $65.4 million.

Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69.3 million, which included an estimated $54 million in endorsements.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Realizniguhnit on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19823702]Part of Floyd's brand is being the bad guy. So any chance to undermine him in anyway is pro-Floyd's brand anyway so I doubt Floyd cares he's been "unseated" when he wasn't even in the race to begin with.…

Comment by Chuckguy on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=doom_specialist;19828371]So you think that he would get guarantees that high without being able to draw large enough crowds to cover his purse? That's a losing deal for everyone who manages him, so I personally can't see that happening, unless I…

Comment by Lion81 on 06-13-2019

Canelo will most likely move to first once Messi and Ronaldo retire. They're both ancient for soccer players. They have maybe 2 years of prime age left, tops. Neymar is younger but will fall off after rape charges surfaced a…

Comment by Htown-Finest on 06-13-2019

In sports world. Ronaldo and Messi are those GUYS!

Comment by Lou Cipher on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;19828274]:cool2: Keep imagining that.[/QUOTE] You'd be well served to recognize Lou Cipher's unmatched insight.

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