Lionel Messi Emerges Highest Paid Sportsman, Hits The $1bn Mark, See The Other 3 Billionaires In Sports
Lionel Messi has reached a milestone of earnings hitting the $1billion point mark – The Barcelona star now joins the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Rodger Federer, Tiger Woods and Cristiano Ronaldo in the billionaire club.
Messi emerged the highest-paid footballer with $126million earnings in salary and endorsements.
The 33-year-old old was way ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo gulping a massive $126million against the Portuguese’s $117m. The Barcelona star is now the second footballer to reach the $1bn point mark along with Ronaldo, Rodger Federer, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.
Messi earned $92m as salary and the other $34m of his take-home was made from several endorsements.
Despite making a U-turn on his career with Barcelona, the Argentine superstar still leads the top earning footballers with former teammate Neymar coming third pocketing $96m.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe rose to fourth on the pile taking his total sum to $42m at the age of 21.
Lionel Messi’s U-turn about not leaving Barcelona has had its significance on his personal earnings as the Argentine star would emerge the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of the new season, Forbes claims.
The 33-year-old who almost ditched the Camp Nou this summer will be taking home a massive $126million beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo who would work home with $117m to second spot.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar retains his third spot with a $96m while future Ballon d’Or winner, Kylian Mbappe climbs to fourth with an expected take-home of $42m.
It was earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been raking in millions despite the economic crisis as a result of the global pandemic.
The Juventus striker first became the first football player to hit the $1billion mark and achievement envisaged a few weeks back. According to Forbes, the 35-year-old earned a staggering $105m from June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020 to achieve the feat.
However, Ronaldo’s earning is second to tennis legend and multiple Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer.
See the other three billionaires in sports as tweeted by Floyd Mayweather:
Floyd patiently waited until Leo became billionaire to post it.
The world revolves around Lionel Messi. https://t.co/mnkEAfNs13
— Zoé 🦚 (@imaginiuss) September 14, 2020