?Barcelona star Lionel Messi has topped Forbes’ list of the highest paid athletes on the planet ahead of former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
In their list of the top 100 highest paid stars, Messi dethroned boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather who topped last year’s rankings, earning a reported $127m over last 12 months through a combination of wages and endorsements.
Juventus star Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar complete the top three in Forbes’ list, standing alone as the only athletes to pocket over $100m over the last year.
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Despite having 12 players on the list, it’s largely dominated by stars from sports like American football and basketball.
Paris Saint-Germain winger and World Cup winner