Lionel Messi takes the top spot on Forbes’ 2019 list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar join Messi in the top 3. It is the first time three soccer players have the top three spots on the list.
There are 12 soccer players in total on the list. Each makes more than $25 million.
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Forbes released its 2019 edition of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, and it is Lionel Messi who takes the top spot with $127 million.
For the first time since the list debuted in 1990, three soccer players top the list with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar rounding out the top three.
The three are joined by nine other soccer players that make up the annual list of 100.
Below we take a look at the highest-paid soccer players in the world.
12. Mohamed Salah – $25.1 million (€22.2 million)
Contract: Five years, $15 million (€13.3 million) annually
The last soccer player on the list at No. 99, Salah signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in July 2018. He’s been the Premier League’s top goal scorer, earning him the Golden Boot award for the past two seasons.
Salah helped his team to a second consecutive UEFA Champions League Final in 2019.
11. Gareth Bale – $27.1 million (€24 million)
Team: Real Madrid
Contract: Six years, $33 million (€29.2 million) annually
Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 and signed an extension three years later through June 2022.
In 2018, Bale scored two goals off the bench to lead Real Madrid to its third straight UEFA Champions League victory.
He’s ranked No. 79 among all athletes.
10. Antoine Griezmann – $27.7 million (€24.5 million)
Team: Previously on Atletic Madrid
In May, Griezmann announced that he was leaving Atletico Madrid after five years. He played 260 matches and scored 133 goals. Where he lands next is yet to be seen.
He played an important role during the 2018 World Cup for France, scoring or setting up eight of the 14 goals that led the team to victory.
9. Oscar – $29 million (€25.6 million)
Team: Shanghai SIPG
Contract: Four years, $26.5 million (€23.4 million) annually
Oscar rose to popularity during his five years with Chelsea, but in 2017 he made a surprising decision to sign with Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League.
The lucrative deal quadrupled his weekly take-home pay. He’s ranked No. 66 by Forbes.
8. Mesut Ozil – $30.2 million (€26.7 million)
Contract: Three years, $24 million (€21.2 million) annually
Ranked No. 27 by Forbes, Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 and signed a three-year extension in 2018 that doubled his annual pay.
He and his fiancé announced they would celebrate their wedding by funding 1,000 life-changing surgeries for underprivileged children.
Ozil also has two professional esports teams – one to compete in EA Sports FIFA competitions and another for Fornite.
7. Kylian Mbappe – $30.6 million (€27.1 million)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Contract: Three years, $20 million (€17.7 million) annually
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Source:: Businessinsider – Sports