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Lionel Messi the highest paid athlete in the world

Forbes magazine's top 100 ranking puts Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi in the top spot as the world's highest paid athlete, earning $127 million in the last 12 months.
 
Juventus's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109 million with Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105 million.
 
Last year's highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.
 
Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2 million.
 
The NBA accounted for the most athletes on the list with 35, with LA Lakers' LeBron James the sport's highest paid athlete in eighth on $89 million ahead of Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry who is 9th on $79.8 million and Kevin Durant, 10th on $65.4 million.
 
The American business magazine calculated the athletes' earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.


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