Barcelona’s Lionel Messi raked in $127 million dollars this past year in a combination of his salary and endorsements, making him the richest athlete on planet earth.
Forbes released their annual list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes today, revealing Messi as just the eighth athlete to snag the top spot since Forbes started tracking athlete earnings in 1990.
The Top 3 consists entirely of soccer superstars with Messi leading the way, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo ($109M) and Neymar Jr. ($105M). Rounding out the Top 5 richest athletes is Canelo Alvarez, who punched his way to $94 million, and Rodger Federer with $93.4M.
Although the international soccers stars accounted for the three highest earnings, Forbes reports that more than half of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes play in either the NBA or NFL. This includes Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, as well as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – all of whom ranked within the Top 10.
Anyone who made less than $25 million (compared with $17.3 million five years ago) simply didn’t earn enough to make the Top 100 cut.
The Top 10 list of the richest athletes is as follows, according to Forbes:
1. Lionel Messi, soccer: $127m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer: $109m
3. Neymar, soccer: $105m
4. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, boxer: $94m
5. Roger Federer, tennis: $93.4m
6. Russell Wilson, football: $89.5m
7. Aaron Rodgers, football: $89.3m
8. LeBron James, basketball: $89m
9. Stephen Curry, basketball: $79.8m
10. Kevin Durant, basketball: $65.4m