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At 33, footballer Lionel Messi joined the ranking of the ten richest athletes, those who have earned more than a billion dollars in income in their career, according to the American magazine Forbes. The star striker of FC Barcelona dethrones on this ground his great rival of the round ball, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo who becomes, him, number two of the richest sportsmen.
He will be the highest paid football player in the world in 2020. Lionel Messi has pocketed $ 126 million, including $ 92 million in salaries for the 2020-2021 season, and 34 million in partnerships and other large sponsorship contracts.
Argentinian FC Barcelona striker becomes fourth sportsman to join closed billionaire club, after golfer Tiger Woods, former boxer Floyd Mayweather, basketball legend Michael Jordan, and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus striker from Turin pockets him this year, $ 9 million less than Lionel Messi.
In third place, we find Neymar, the Brazilian striker of PSG with a total of $ 96 million in income, including 78 million in salaries. Just behind is the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé attacking PSG with $ 42 million, including $ 28 million in salaries. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are also included in this ranking. This world top 10 represents a total of $ 570 million in revenue, an increase of 11% despite the consequences of the coronavirus in the sports world.
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