Lionel Messi finished 2018 as the second-highest-paid athlete in the world with 111 million dollars earned. The salary and bonuses he receives in Barcelona amount to roughly 80 million dollars.
The remainder of Leo’s earnings comes from partnership deals with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Telecommunication company Ooredoo, Huawei and sunglass manufacturers Hawkers. In 2018, Messi has also collaborated with Gillette and Turkish Airlines.
The Argentine’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo managed just 3 million dollars less as he earned 108 in 2018. The first place on the list belongs to a world-famous boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. The American star leads the rankings by a huge distance with jaw-dropping 285 million dollars scooped in 2018.
TOP-5 highest-paid sportsmen:
- Floyd Mayweather – $285 million
- Leo Messi – $111 million
- Cristiano Ronaldo – $108 million
- Conor McGregor – $99 million
- Neymar Junior – $90 million