Lionel Messi Tops Ronaldo on Forbes List of Highest-Paid Athletes for the Second Consecutive Year

Lionel Messi Tops Ronaldo on Forbes List of highest paid Athletes for the Second Consecutive Year

Former Barcelona Player and legend Lionel Messi is once again the highest-paid Soccer Player for the second consecutive year and he tops Ronaldo who is seats the third on the Top 10 Forbes List of highest-paid athletes.

And just in case you are wondering who are the Forbes Top 10 richest footballers in the world (read it here).

Lionel Messi kept the soccer world on edge with last year’s failed attempt to leave Barcelona, a melodrama later punctuated by a leaked contract that showed the cash-strapped club is paying him far more than previously thought.

He pads that pay with sponsorships including a lifetime deal with Adidas, as well as a clothing line designed by Ginny Hilfiger, sister of Tommy Hilfiger.

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Last month, Messi sent signed jerseys to Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac to help secure 50,000 Covid-19 vaccines ahead of the Copa América soccer tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person in the world to reach 500 million followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in February and followed that up a month later by surpassing Brazilian legend Pelé’s goal tally, reaching 770 across all competitions with a hat trick in a Juventus win over Cagliari.

The 36-year-old, whose four-year contract is worth an average of $64 million annually and expires in 2022, has a lifetime deal with Nike and is behind the CR7 business of branded clothing, accessories, hotels and gyms.

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See below Forbes Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in 2021

 

1.
Conor McGregor
Mixed Martial Arts
$180M
$22M
$158M
2.
Lionel Messi
Soccer
$130M
$97M
$33M
3.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Soccer
$120M
$70M
$50M
4.
Dak Prescott
Football
$107.5M
$97.5M
$10M
5.
LeBron James
Basketball
$96.5M
$31.5M
$65M
6.
Neymar
Soccer
$95M
$76M
$19M
7.
Roger Federer
Tennis
$90M
$30K
$90M
8.
Lewis Hamilton
Auto Racing
$82M
$70M
$12M
9.
Tom Brady
Football
$76M
$45M
$31M
10.
Kevin Durant
Basketball
$75M
$31M
$44M

Lionel Messi Tops Ronaldo on Forbes List of highest paid soccer players for the Second Consecutive Year



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