Ronaldo 2nd highest paid sportsman in the world

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Lead Forbes Highest Paid Athlete List

The top 100 spans 10 sports and includes athletes from 25 countries with their $4 billion in combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements up 5% from past year, when Floyd Mayweather was first with $285 million.

The Barcelona and Argentina star earned $127m in the previous year - more than Juventus forward Ronaldo ($109m) in second place and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar ($105m) in third.

The fourth highest earner on the list was WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94 million.

However, McGregor not only kept his status as the highest earner from the sport of mixed martial arts, he was also the only MMA fighter to make it into the Top 100.

Athletes from 10 sports made the top 100, with National Basketball Association stars leading the way.

The American business magazine calculated the athletes' earnings by adding up their prizemoney, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019. Russell Wilson (NFL player) $135 million 7.

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Overall, the top athletes were from 25 countries - up from 22 a year ago.

Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m).

Messi is only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo, and only the eighth different athlete to take the number one spot since the rankings began in 1990.

Despite earning $9 million more in endorsements than his rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo's $65 million salary was dwarfed by the Barcelona star's $92 million pay packet.

France and Spain each had three athletes while Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Serbia and Venezuela all had two.

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