Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar Among The Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes 2019

Forbes website released the list of The 100 World's Highest-Paid Celebrities 2019 which include: musicians, athletes, writers, actors, actresses and personalities.
Among the list, these are the top 10 highest paid athletes 2019 with Messi, Ronalo and Neymar at the top 3.
Ronalo, Messi, Neymar Among The Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes 2019

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes 2019 highlight

  1. Lionel Messi: $127M
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo: $109M
  3. Neymar: $105M
  4. Canelo Alvarez: $94M
  5. Roger Federer: $93.4M
  6. Russell Wilson: $89.5M
  7. Aaron Rodgers: $89.3M
  8. LeBron James: $89M
  9. Stephen Curry: Stephen Curry
  10. Kevin Durant: $65.4M
1- Lionel Messi: $127M
Lionel Messi: $127M

Since his Barcelona debut in 2003, Messi has played 687 matches for his club, scored 603 goals, and won 33 club titles, including 10 La Liga titles.

His current Barcelona contract is through 2020-21 and pays him over $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas.

He has been awarded FIFA's Player of the Year five times and won the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times.

In 2016, he was convicted of tax fraud in Spain for avoiding income tax between 2007 and 2009. His 21-month sentence was cut to a $250,000 fine.

2- Cristiano Ronaldo: $109M
Cristiano Ronaldo: $109M

Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 after nine years with Real Madrid. He took a pay cut with his four-year deal worth $64 million annually.

Within 24 hours of release, Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth over $60 million.
He has won FIFA's Player of the Year five times and is the all-time leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League.

The Portuguese star is the most followed athlete on social media with nearly 400 million total followers.

In January, Ronaldo agreed to a $21 million fine for tax evasion between 2010 and 2014.

3- Neymar: $105M
Neymar: $105M

Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.

The Brazilian is the second most popular athlete on social media with more than 200 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Neymar was found guilty of avoiding taxes between 2011 and 2013 and paid a $1.2 million fine in 2016.

Neymar lost Brazil's national team captaincy after a hitting a fan in the stands after PSG's loss in the French Cup.

4- Canelo Alvarez: $94M
Canelo Alvarez: $94M

Streaming service DAZN committed $365 million in 2018 to lock up the next 11 fights of boxing's biggest pay-per-view star.

Alvarez pocketed roughly $50 million combined for his first two fights on DAZN but should earn at least $35 million per fight in the future.

Boxing fans are clamoring for a third showdown between Canelo and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.
Their first fight was declared a draw, and Alvarez narrowly won the second. Both fights generated more than one million PPV buys.

The Canelo-GGG fights were the first U.S. boxing matches not involving Mayweather or Pacquiao to register more than one million buys since 2002.

5- Roger Federer: $93.4M
Roger Federer: $93.4M

The greatest men's tennis player of all time briefly returned to the No. 1 ranking in 2018, becoming the oldest man by more than three years to do it.

Federer has won $124 million in prize money in his career, but the total is dwarfed by his off-court earnings from appearances and endorsements.

His $86 million in off-court earnings from partners like Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Rolex are well ahead of any other athlete.

He shows no sign of slowing down as a marketing force. Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo locked him up in 2018 with a 10-year, $300 million deal.

His eponymous foundation has raised more than $40 million and educated one million children in Africa since its launch.

6- Russell Wilson: $89.5M
Russell Wilson: $89.5M

In April 2019, the Seahawks signed Wilson to a four-year, $140 million contract extension that made him the NFL's highest-paid player.

The six-time Pro Bowler is the CEO of brand management firm West2East Empire, which has spawned two production companies.

Wilson, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, is an investor in the Portland Diamond Project, which aims to bring an MLB team to Oregon

Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to the team's first and only Super Bowl championship in the 2013-14 season.

7- Aaron Rodgers: $89.3M
Aaron Rodgers: $89.3M

Last August, Rodgers signed a then-record four-year contract worth $134 million; his base salary in 2019 will be $20 million.

In 2018, Rodgers purchased a minority ownership stake in the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
He launched a $50 million venture and growth stage fund with Roth Capital in 2019. Rodgers is a general partner along with Nate Raabe and Byron Roth.

Rodgers is a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time MVP winner. His career passer rating is the highest in NFL history.
Rodgers is the fastest-ever quarterback to reach 300 passing touchdowns, accomplishing the feat in 144 games; he's tenth all-time with 338 total.

8- LeBron James: $89M
LeBron James: $89M

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 under a four-year, $153 million contract.

He has the NBA's top endorsement portfolio, as well as his own production company (SpringHill Entertainment) and media company (Uninterrupted).
James teamed up with Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lindsey Vonn in 2018 to launch
Ladder, a health and wellness company.

The LeBron James Family Foundation opened its first elementary school in 2018 and plans to spend $41 million to send kids to college.

James and his partners own 14 Blaze Pizza franchises in Chicago and seven in South Florida. He is also an investor and paid endorser for the company.

9- Stephen Curry: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry: Stephen Curry

The two-time MVP signed the NBA's first $200 million contract in 2017; he's had the league's top salary the past two seasons.

In 2017, Curry formed a new company, SC30, which manages his investments, brand partnerships and philanthropic ventures.

Curry is among the world's most marketable athletes, and recent additions to his sponsorship roster include Palm and Rakuten.

Curry's production company, Unanimous Media, has a development deal with Sony Pictures.
His company's first movie, Breakthrough, was released in April; it's based on a book by Joyce Smith titled The Impossible.

10- Kevin Durant: $65.4M
Kevin Durant: $65.4M

Durant left millions on the table with three straight under-valued contracts with the Warriors, the most recent of which paid $30 million in 2018-19.

After exercising his option to test free agency, Durant left the Warriors to sign a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $164 million.

The ten-time All-Star banks $35 million from sponsors, but he's also invested in more than 30 companies, including Postmates and investing app Acorns.

In 2018, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation announced a $10 million commitment to bring the College Track academic program to his Maryland hometown.

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