Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi has for the first time risen to the top of the world’s top income athletes list with $ 127 million, taking the place of boxing star Floyd Mayweather.
According to the ranking of 100 highest income athletes in the world announced by the prestigious magazine Forbes on 11/6, Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi has for the first time led the way with 127 million USD, so seat of boxing star Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather has dominated the ranking of highest income athletes in the next 4 years in the last 7 years.
However, in 2018, this American fighter only had a performance match at the end of the year in Japan, so he did not make it to Forrbes’ newly announced gold table.
The power of “King Sports” is clearly shown on the income rankings of athletes in 2019 when top 3 athletes make the most money are soccer players. Ranked second on this list is Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, with $ 109 million and No. 3 is Brazilian striker Neymar, with a total income of $ 107 million.
But in terms of the number of athletes present in the top 100, new basketball is the best “money” sport when up to 35 athletes from this sport appear in the top 100, despite this number. actually lower than 40 people in 2018. Total income of these 35 people is 1.29 billion USD, of which salary income accounts for 72%.
After basketball, rugby is the sport with the second highest number of athletes in the top 100 highest-income athletes with 19 people, baseball ranked third in the number of top earners in the top 100 with 15 people and football ranked 4th with 12 people.
The top 100 most profitable athletes of 2019 also feature American Serena Williams (63), after no female athletes entered the top 100 in the ranking last year.
Forbes 2019 ranking based on bonuses, salaries and advertising contracts of athletes calculated from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019. This ranking does not include tax deductions and investment returns from athletes. This year’s Top 100 highest-income athletes come from 25 countries compared to 22 countries in 2018.
America contributes 62 people in the top 100 because American athletes receive high salaries when playing in major tournaments. He has 5 players, France and Spain each with 3 athletes, while Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Serbia and Venezuela each have 2 athletes.