The shot sensation is reported to beryllium bringing successful pre-tax gross net of $130 cardinal a twelvemonth from on-field and off-field pursuits, keeping him up of the likes of LeBron James and rival Cristiano Ronaldo connected the affluent list.
Messi, who earns a reported $75 cardinal a twelvemonth from playing soccer, besides cashes successful connected $55 cardinal from sponsorship deals and endorsements.
It's the 2nd clip the Argentine sits atop Forbes' list, the past clip coming successful 2019.
The apical 10 highest earners, who are each men, collectively brought successful $992 cardinal successful pre-tax gross net implicit the past year.
Messi has received disapproval for immoderate of his off-field sponsorships, precocious promoting tourism for Saudi Arabia. He was pictured successful the state and posted a photograph connected his idiosyncratic Instagram relationship with the tag #VisitSaudi.
The state has agelong been accused of sportswashing successful bid to fell its mediocre quality rights record.
"Recent additions to Messi's gross streams: Qatar, arguable crypto institution Socios and Saudi. Man's gotta eat," tweeted New York Times newsman Tariq Panja.
CNN has reached retired to Messi's representatives for remark but did not get an contiguous reply.
NBA superstar James comes successful a constrictive 2nd connected the affluent list, earning $121.2 cardinal a year.
The Los Angeles Lakers guardant whitethorn person missed the playoffs this play but he's been ascendant disconnected the court, cashing successful connected his speech amusement and starring successful past year's Space Jam: A New Legacy film.
Forbes estimates James is present worthy a staggering $850 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo completes the apical three, earning $115 cardinal aft moving from Juventus to Manchester United.
The Portuguese superstar earns the aforesaid arsenic Messi off-field with the bulk coming from his unrivaled societal media presence.
Ronaldo has 690 cardinal followers crossed Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, allowing him to leverage for higher sponsorship fees from a fig of companies.
Forbes calculates the estimates based connected prize money, salaries and bonuses arsenic good arsenic estimations of sponsorship deals and different off-field gross streams.