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Lionel Messi tops Forbes rich list with annual earnings of £107MILLION

Lionel Messi was the world’s highest-paid athlete during the last 12 months, based on the annual Forbes list launched on Wednesday that had the Paris Saint-Germain ahead forward of the NBA’s LeBron James and Manchester United‘s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi earned $130million (£107m), a determine which incorporates $55million (£45m) of endorsements, in the course of the 12-month interval ended May 1, 2022, to take a seat atop the list of the ten highest-paid athletes a 12 months after ending second to Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

McGregor has now fallen out of the highest 10 and hasn’t fought since his defeat by Dustin Poirier final summer season, when he broke his leg within the struggle, and his earnings have taken successful as a consequence. He was estimated to have earned £127m final 12 months.

Sir Lewis Hamilton is one other notable omission. Last 12 months he was eighth within the list with £58m, a decline of virtually half on 2020, and this time round he doesn’t make the highest 10 in any respect.

Messi, in the meantime, left boyhood membership Barcelona final summer season and headed to France with Paris Sain-Germain. 

But an attention-grabbing side of the Forbes report is that he has earned £45m in endorsement. He has taken on an array of sponsorships exterior of soccer, some of which have been controversial. 

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Lionel Messi is prime of the brand new Forbes rich list with annual earnings of £107million

Messi earned £45m through endorsements - including a controversial agreement as an ambassador for tourism with Saudi Arabia

Messi earned £45m by means of endorsements – together with a controversial settlement as an envoy for tourism with Saudi Arabia 

Last year's winnner Conor McGregor has dropped out of the top 10 - the Irishman hasn't fought since last May, when he broke his leg in a defeat against Dustin Poirier

Last 12 months’s winnner Conor McGregor has dropped out of the highest 10 – the Irishman hasn’t fought since final May, when he broke his leg in a defeat in opposition to Dustin Poirier 

Cristiano Ronaldo is third after a year that saw him make an emotional Manchester United return after three years at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is third after a 12 months that noticed him make an emotional Manchester United return after three years at Juventus

Just this week, he was pictured shortly after touchdown in Saudi Arabia as an envoy for tourism, regardless of households of prisoners of conscience within the nation urging him earlier this 12 months to not become involved in any partnerships with the nation. 

Los Angeles Lakers ahead James is second on the list after bringing dwelling a mixed $121million (£99m), shattering the $96.5million (£79m) report for an NBA participant that he set final 12 months, whereas Ronaldo earned $115million (£94m) to take a seat third.

The Portugal captain sealed an emotional return to United final summer season, leaving Italian giants Juventus after three seasons. He additionally turned down a $6m provide to work commercially with Saudi Arabia final 12 months.

His £385,000-a-week wage will fall subsequent season although if he stays at United. The Red Devils have did not qualify for the profitable Champions League subsequent season and as Sportsmail reported on the weekend, it means Ronaldo will earn £288,000-a-week at United if he is there for the 2022-23 season.

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Brazil and PSG star Neymar, Messi’s team-mate, ($95million – £78m) and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry ($92.8million – £76m) of the Golden State Warriors rounded out the highest 5.

Brazil and PSG forward Neymar is fourth after earning £78m in the last 12 months

Brazil and PSG ahead Neymar is fourth after incomes £78m within the final 12 months

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors is in fifth place - he earned £76m in a year

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors is in fifth place – he earned £76m in a 12 months 

Canelo Alvarez, who had a shock defeat against Dmitry Bivol at the weekend, earned £73.7m

Canelo Alvarez, who had a shock defeat in opposition to Dmitry Bivol on the weekend, earned £73.7m

Tom Brady, who u-turned on his NFL future this year, is ninth with £68.7m in earnings

Tom Brady, who u-turned on his NFL future this 12 months, is ninth with £68.7m in earnings 

FORBES TOP 10 RICH LIST 

1: Lionel Messi – £107m ($130m)

2: LeBron James – £99m ($121m)

3: Cristiano Ronaldo – £94m ($115m)

4: Neymar – £78m ($95m) 

5: Stephen Curry –  £76m ($92.8m)

6:  Kevin Durant – £74.8m ($92m)

7:  Roger Federer – £74.4m ($90.7m)

8: Canelo Alvarez – £73.7m ($90m)

9: Tom Brady – £68.7m ($83.9m)

10: Giannis Antetokounmpo – £66.3m ($80.9m)

NBA participant Kevin Durant ($92million – £74.8m) was sixth whereas Swiss tennis nice Roger Federer, who performed 5 tournaments in 2021 earlier than a knee operation curtailed his season, was third with whole earnings of $90.7million (£74.4m). 

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There had been fears that these knee points may pressure Federer, who’s now 40, into retirement. 

While he’s but to play in 2022, he shared photos from the fitness center on his Instagram account final month with the caption ‘rehab is rockingggg’. 

The remaining three spots on the list went to Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($90million – £73.7m), seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady ($83.9million – £68.7m) and reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9million – £66.3m).

Alavrez was surprisingly overwhelmed by Dmitry Bivrol on the weekend, the primary loss of his profession, however defeated Billy Joe Saunders final May in a hotly anticipated showdown.

Brady, 44, introduced his NFL retirement earlier this 12 months, solely to alter his thoughts and agree to at least one extra season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While the small print of Brady’s 2022 deal with the Bucs is unclear, final 12 months’s phrases noticed him earn within the area of $25m.

Forbes mentioned its on-the-field earnings figures embrace all prize cash, salaries and bonuses earned in the course of the 12-month interval whereas off-field earnings are an estimate of sponsorship offers, look charges and licensing earnings.

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