Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, star of Barcelona, joined the select club of athletes who earned more than 1,000 million dollars (840 million euros) throughout his career, according to Forbes magazine in the United States. Messi will be the highest paid footballer in 2020 with 126 million dollars, of which 92 million for salaries and 34 for advertising contracts and other income.
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Messi is the fourth athlete to reach an astronomical $ 1 billion in income after American golfer Tiger Woods, the American boxer Floyd Mayweather and his great rival on the soccer fields, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, indicated the magazine.
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Legendary American basketball player Michael Jordan also features in the ‘$ 1 billion’ club. But Jordan reached a billion dollars after ending his sports career thanks to a gigantic contract with the manufacturer Nike.
In the 2020 income ranking, Messi moved to first place ahead of Ronaldo (117 million dollars, of which 70 in salaries) and the Brazilian Neymar (96 and 78 million). The fourth place is occupied by the French Kylian Mbappé, only 21 years old, with 42 million, of which 28 in salaries.
According to the publication, the first 10 athletes on the list have income of 570 million dollars, an increase of 11% compared to 2019, and that despite the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic on the economy and sports competitions.