Messi leads Forbes' annual list of highest-paid athletes

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Lead Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List

For the second successive year, Lionel Messi sits above arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes' latest rich list, ranking as the best-earning footballer across the globe.

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 Brazil worldwide took in $75m in salary, which was $10m more than Ronaldo, while Messi's income of $92m dwarfed both.

According to the Forbes list, Kohli estimated earnings is United States dollars 21m from endorsements and USD 4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to USD25m for the last 12 months.

Kohli is last on the list of top-100 athletes, headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi, announced on Tuesday.

Canelo Alvarez (Boxer) $142 million 5.

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UFC star Conor McGregor was a big faller from last years rankings as he dropped down from fourth in 2018 to 21st in this year's list.

The man in fifth, tennis star Roger Federer, had a vastly different pay split.

The bulk of Federer's earnings came through lucrative endorsement deals, with the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion pocketing $86m.

Football stars Russell Wilson ($89.5m) and Aaron Rodgers ($89.3m) were sixth and seventh respectively on the list, as three National Basketball Association players came in next.

In the "top 10" of the classification are also football players Russell Wilson (79 million euros) and Aaron Rodgers (78.8 million euros), and NBA basketball players LeBron James (78.6 million euros), Stephen Curry (70.4 million euros) and Kevin Durant (57.7 million euros).

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