Although Argentinian star Lionel Messi did not win with Barcelona in the European Champions League or with his country in the Copa America championship last year, he has crowned the Golden Ball as the best player in the world, and the highest-paid athlete in the world also remains.
Messi has placed at the head the ranking published by the American magazine “Forbes” for the 50 biggest athletes in terms of financial income in 2019, with 127 million dollars.
After Messi outnumbered his Portuguese rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, by crowning the Golden Ball six times, against Juventus striker five times, he also surpassed him in collecting money, while Don came in second with an income of $109 million, followed by Brazilian star Neymar ($105 million).
Although soccer stars ranked first in the list of 50 best incomes in 2019, they included only five stars, French star Paul Pogba being ranked 44 ($33 million) and Spanish star Andres Iniesta at 46th ($32.5 million).
American basketball stars dominated the list of 20 players, led by legend LeBron James in eighth place ($80 million), followed by Stephen Curry ($79.8 million) and Kevin Durant in ninth rank ($65.4 million).
Mexican boxer Canillo Alvarez placed fourth ($94 million), followed by Swiss tennis star Roger Federer ($93.4 million).
American football stars ranked nine on the list, led by Russell Wilson in sixth place ($89.5 million), followed by Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 million).
The list ends with a basketball player David Price in 2019 ($31.7 million).