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Lionel Messi has topped Forbes‘ list of world’s highest-paid atheletes for the first time ever, pulling in a grand total of $127 million over the last twelve months thanks to salary, prize money, and endorsement deals.

Per Forbes’ report, Ronaldo comes in second with $109 million and Brazil’s Neymar is close behind in third place with earnings clocking up to $105 million.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather topped last year’s earning list but doesn’t feature in 2019’s top ten. Fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez does, however, banking a cool $94 million. NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant also made the cut.

Find the top 10 below and then head over to Forbes for the full breakdown.

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 $79.8m
10. Kevin Durant $65.4m

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