Ny (AFP) - Lionel Messi changed into the arena s maximum paid athlete over the last yr, Forbes said on Tuesday in its annual carrying rich listing.

Barcelona and Argentina celebrity Messi dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports activities global s highest earner, raking in $127 million through income and endorsement offers.

That put Messi ahead of lengthy-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal famous person who become second with profits of $109 million.

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Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar finished a sweep of the pinnacle 3 positions through footballers, coming in 0.33 with income of $a hundred and five million.

The fourth highest earner at the listing turned into Mexico s middleweight boxing megastar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94 million.

Alvarez, who defeated Gennady Golovkin closing September to become the unified middleweight champion, inked the richest deal in boxing history closing October, signing a 5-12 months eleven-fight agreement with streaming network DAZN worth $365 million.

Evergreen tennis famous person Roger Federer was 5th on the listing with general income of $93.4 million.

the majority of Federer s profits got here through lucrative endorsement deals, with the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion pocketing $86 million.

Stars from the NFL and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sixth on $89.Five million, simply in advance of inexperienced Bay Packers sign-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 million).

los angeles Lakers big name LeBron James became the highest earning NBA player, with $89 million, even as Golden nation s Stephen Curry become 9th with $seventy nine.8 million.

Curry s Golden state crew-mate Kevin Durant changed into 10th at the rankings with $sixty five.4 million.

Former international number one Tiger Woods was 11th at the listing with $sixty nine.Three million, which included an anticipated $54 million in endorsements.

in the meantime tennis movie star Serena Williams become the handiest woman to make the listing, coming in at 63rd with earnings of $29.2 million.