Lionel Messi highest paid Atletes
Lionel Messi:The world highest paid footballer [Atletes] according to Forbes.
Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 US stars in the top 100.
What makes Lionel Messi the highest paid Atletes?
Messi is earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.
Former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m), and that makes Lionel Messi the highest paid atletes in the world.
Last year’s highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.
Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m).
Top 10 highest paid Atletes in the World
1. Lionel Messi $127m (£99.8m)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo $109m (£85.6m)
3. Neymar $105m (£82.5m)
4. Canelo Alvarez $94m (£73.8m)
5. Roger Federer $93.4m (£73.3)
6. Russell Wilson $89.5m (£70.3m)
7. Aaron Rodgers $89.3m £70.1m)
8. LeBron James $89m (£69.9m)
9. Stephen Curry $79.8m (£62.7m)
10, Kevin Durant $65.4m (£51.3m)