The rich list within the sports fraternity has been released by Forbes and for the first the ‘Money’ Mayweather Jnr has been knocked off the top of the list and relegated to oblivion in the year under review.

Lionel Messi, together with great rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. formed the top three highest paid athletes in the world. Messi earned a whopping $127m in income in the year under review, finishing ahead of Ronaldo on $109m and Neymar on $105m.


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