Forbes once again has released the list of world’s most expensive Athletes., and footballers dominate the podium spots of Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid .
The global impact of soccer is clearly reflected in earnings in 2019, with the top three athletes on the list being Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar,’ said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media.
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Executing more damage to the list, Messi leapfrogged Floyd Mayweather, who held the crown last year after his lucrative bout with Conor McGregor ensured he would lead the way for the fourth time in seven years.
Basketball players also dominated the top 100 overall with 35 athletes on the list earning a total of $1.29 billion (£1.01bn), with 72 per cent of that income coming from salaries rather than endorsement deals.’
Manchester United had two players on the list; France midfielder Paul Pogba was ranked 44th having earned £25.9m ($33m) of which £22.8m ($29m) was salary alone, and Alexis Sanchez in 53rd, who earned £24.2m ($30.8m).
The earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1 2018 and June 1 2019.
Forbes used endorsements as estimates of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes in the same period. Taxes and agents’ fees are not deducted.