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By Chineze Ogugua

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar topped footballing stars in the latest Forbes list which is dominated by NBA and NFL stars as they made it into the top 10 of the world’s highest-earning athletes.


Messi is placed second in the list with $111m ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in third with $108m, while Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain has an income of $90m.

The list is topped by boxer Floyd Mayweather who is earning $285 million which can be linked to his multi-million dollar fight with McGregor last year.

Out of the top 100, there are only nine footballers on the list with the likes of Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Pogba also making the list.

The NBA and NFL dominate the list, with NBA stars accounting for 40 of the 100 personalities on the list while NFL stars account for 18 names.


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