Messi named world highest paid athlete

Lionel Messi

According to the Forbes list, Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid athlete at the moment with an estimated earning amount of United States dollars 27 million.

The list has reported that Kohli earned an estimated amount of Dollars 25 million in the last 12 months.

While the Argentine earned a total of $127 million, which includes $92 million in salary and $35 million in endorsements, Ronaldo finished second with earnings worth $109 million ($65 million in salary + $44 million in endorsements).

The top 100 athletes combined to earn more than $4 billion, which is a 4% jump from past year when retired boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list, earning $285 million. The cricketer is positioned at 100 and surpassing him are football player and everyone's much loved Barcelona and Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi.

Messi is now ahead of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal star who is second with earnings of Dollars 109 million.

Meanwhile, just one female athlete made it into the Top 100, with Serena Williams listed at No. 63 ($29.2 million).

It is the first time that a trio of footballers have ranked as the top three earners, while Messi becomes only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo.

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The next footballer to feature on the list is Paul Pogba, who takes home around 30 million Euros a year.

And guess what? Even though he sat at the rock bottom of the list, he was the only Indian to have earned a spot. Cristiano Ronaldo (Footballer) $164 million 3.

PSG and Brazil forward Neymar was third on $105m (£82.5m).

For a full list of the top-earning athletes in the world throughout the past year, check out the entire list on Forbes.com.

Both athletes are the only soccer players to ever rank first on the Forbes highest-paid athletes list.

Roger Federer is the richest tennis player with earning of $93.5 million, and placed at #5.

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