Messi tops Forbes’ rich list, Kohli 100th

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New York: Lionel Messi was the world’s high­est paid athlete over the past year, Forbes re­ported on Tues­day in its an­nual sport­ing rich list.

Barcelona and Ar­gentina star Messi de­throned re­tired boxer Floyd May­weather as the sports world’s high­est earner, rak­ing in $127 mil­lion via salary and en­dorse­ment deals.

That put Messi ahead of long-time ri­val Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, the Ju­ven­tus and Por­tu­gal star who was sec­ond with earn­ings of $109 mil­lion.

Mean­while, In­dia cricket cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli made it to the 100th po­si­tion with $25 mil­lion. His earn­ing from salary and win­nings were $4 mil­lion, how­ever, he made $21 mil­lion through en­dorse­ments.

Brazil and Paris Saint-ger­main striker Ney­mar com­pleted a sweep of the top three po­si­tions by foot­ballers, com­ing in third with earn­ings of $105 mil­lion. The fourth high­est earner on the list was Mex­ico’s mid­dleweight box­ing star Saul “Canelo” Al­varez with $94 mil­lion.

Al­varez, who de­feated Gen­nady Golovkin last Septem­ber to be­come the uni­fied mid­dleweight cham­pion, inked the richest deal in box­ing his­tory last Oc­to­ber, sign­ing a fiveyear 11-fight con­tract with stream­ing network DAZN worth $365 mil­lion.

Ever­green ten­nis star Roger Fed­erer was fifth on the list with to­tal earn­ings of $93.4 mil­lion.

The bulk of Fed­erer’s earn­ings came through lu­cra­tive en­dorse­ment deals, with the 20-time Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pion pock­et­ing $86 mil­lion.

Stars from the NFL and NBA rounded out the top 10 on the list, with Seat­tle Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son sixth on $89.5 mil­lion, just ahead of Green Bay Pack­ers sig­nal-caller Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 mil­lion).

Los Angeles Lak­ers star Lebron James was the high­est earn­ing NBA player, with $89 mil­lion, while Golden State’s Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8 mil­lion.

Curry’s Golden State team­mate Kevin Du­rant was 10th on the rank­ings with $65.4 mil­lion.—afp

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