2019 is a special year for Barcelona’s mega star, Lionel Messi. Because the player successfully brought his team won two prestigious titles through Spanish La Liga champions and the Copa Del Rey. The increase that continues to be highlighted by Messi turned out to get a response from many circles including from the famous survey institute from the United States, Forbes.
Through the system it created, Forbes labeled Messi as an athlete with the most income throughout the year. Messi successfully defeated income from the eternal rival who now plays for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo in second place.
On the system, Forbes conducted a survey which began from June 2018 to June 2019. When detailed, the data collection process has been running for the past 12 months. This calculation includes the value of the contract at the club, the value of the contract with the sponsor, various bonuses and several other sources.
From all these calculations, the name Messi emerged as the foremost and deserved to serve as the biggest earning athlete in the world. Forbes added that soccer athletes led the top of the list of the top 10 in the standings. CR7, who was in second place, was pushed by the Paris Saint Germain star, Neymar, who was third.
Forbes also released the total amount from Messi’s income which reached 127 million US dollars. While Ronaldo earned 109 million dollars. And the value of 105 million dollars is pocketed by Neymar. These three names are soccer stars, and after that are the names of other sports such as boxer Canelo Alvarez, who earns 94 million dollars.
Alvarez’s name itself was very surprising, because he managed to get rid of a famous name like Floyd Mayweather who was deserted in the last few seasons. Even the former high-paid boxer is not included in the order of the top 100 athletes with the most income.
For soccer branches, of course it still fills out of the 100 lists. Not only Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. Noted there is a figure of Paul Pogba from Manchester United who is in 44th position with 33 million dollars. Continued Barcelona’s legend, Andres Iniesta, who was in 47th position with income reaching $32.5 million.
Although it was not with Barcelona, Iniesta’s activities as a Japanese club player, Vissel Kobe still gave an abundant amount of money because he got a high enough contract value with the elite Asian club. Then there is the present name like the Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah.
This Egyptian-born player was in 98th position with a total income of 25.1 million dollars. Salah’s position is still below Oscar, the Shanghai SIPG midfielder with 29 million dollars. Out with a world class football player, now back to the top 10.
In this order, it can be seen that the athletes with the biggest income are the names of three basketball stars from the United States such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. The following is the full list below with the contents of the top 10 most paid athletes in the world for Forbes for the period June 2018 to June 2019:
1. Lionel Messi (soccer) – $127 million
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) – $109 million
3. Neymar (soccer) – $105 million
4. Canelo Alvarez (boxing) $94 million
5. Roger Federer (tennis) – $93.4 million
6. Russell Wilson (soccer) – $89.5 million
7. Aaron Rodgers (soccer) $89.3 million
8. LeBron James (basketball) – $89 million
9. Stephen Curry (basketball) – $79.8 million
10. Kevin Durant (basketball) – $65.4 million
The data in Forbes is predicted to change so quickly, because the European class league continues to show rapid financial improvement. In predicting Messi’s salary or even Ronaldo in each team each will still experience an increase and that can also happen outside the world of football regarding contracts that have been tied.