Lionel Messi has been named the world’s highest-paid athlete, earning less than half of last year’s top earner.
The Argentine professional footballer today (June 11) took the top spot, having never won before despite coming second place last year.
Messi replaces Floyd Mayweather, who was named the richest sports star last year, and was the winner four times in seven years.
The news comes after Forbes released its annual ranking of the World’s 100 Highest-Paid athletes, who collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months. This is up five per cent from last year’s earnings of…