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SPORT: Lionel Messi heads Forbes’ highest paid athletes 2019 infographic
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World’s highest paid athletes

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June 12, 2019 -- American business magazine Forbes has released the World’s Top 100 highest paid athletes, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi topping the rankings. The Argentine forward earned $127m in salary and endorsements over the past 12 months, surpassing soccer rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

The Forbes Top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and $4bn combined earnings -- which are up 5% from the previous year -- despite 2018 highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, no longer featuring in the acclaimed list. Grand Slam tennis star, Serena Williams, is the only woman in the Top 100, earning $29.2m.

Forbes: Top 10
Lionel Messi ($127m)
Cristiano Ronaldo ($109m)
Neymar ($105m)
Canelo Alvarez ($94m)
Roger Federer ($93.4m)
Russell Wilson ($89.5m)
Aaron Rodgers ($89.3m)
LeBron James ($89m)
Stephen Curry ($79.8m)
Kevin Durant ($65.4m)

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