Basketball: Steven Adams among top 100 athletes on Forbes' Rich List

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.

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

Messi made $127 million past year, followed by Ronaldo's $109 million and Neymar cashing in with $105 million.

Neymar was the third highest on the list, having earned $105m this past year.

The fourth highest earner on the list was Mexico's middleweight boxing star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with $94m.

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The top three of the Forbes list is usually reserved for boxers, golfers, tennis players or the NBA's biggest stars. He earned $7.4 million in salary/winnings, but picked up a colossal $86 million in endorsements, the most of any athlete on the list.

The NBA accounted for the most athletes with 35, with LA Lakers' LeBron James the sport's highest paid athlete in eighth on $89m ahead of Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry (9th on $79.8m) and Kevin Durant (10th on $65.4m).

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the highest earning National Basketball Association player, with $89 million, while Golden State's Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8 million.

Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69.3m, which included an estimated $54m in endorsements.

Among female athletes, the only one to emerge in the standings is the USA tennis player Serena Williams, with 25.7 million euros per year and a distant 63rd among the 100 published.

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