Lionel Messi Named Fourth-Highest Paid Entertainer In The World Behind Taylor Swift But Ahead Of Ed Sheeran

Lionel Messi has been named the fourth highest-paid entertainer in the world, according to Forbes.

Forbes released their list of the top 100 highest-paid celebrities for 2019 with Messi landing at No. 4 overall.

The American business magazine estimated that the Barcelona superstar raked in a staggering $127 million (£101 million) as of July 2019.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Messi's on an eye-watering contract at Barcelona. He signed a new deal last year which sees him earn a basic £50 million per year before tax. He also has an extremely lucrative sponsorship deal with Adidas.

His arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo also cracks the top ten. He's placed in No.6 at $109 million (£87 million) while Neymar is in No.7 at $105 million (£84 million).

Middleweight king Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, who pocketed a cool $94 million (£75 million), rounds off the top ten.

Image: 'Canelo'
Image: 'Canelo'

Musician Taylor Swift leads the world's highest-paid celebrities list. She made an insane $185 million (£148 million).

Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, The Eagles and Dr. Phi make up the top ten.

Here's the top ten in full:

1. Taylor Swift ($185 M)

2. Kylie Jenner ($170 M)

3. Kanye West ($150 M)

4. Lionel Messi ($127 M)

5. Ed Sheeran ($110 M)

6. Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 M)

7. Neymar ($105 M)

8. The Eagles ($100 M)

9. Dr. Phil McGraw ($95 M)

10. 'Canelo' Alvarez ($94 M)

Roger Federer, LeBron James, Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Joshua and Conor McGregor, among many other sport stars, make up the top 100.

11. Roger Federer ($93.4 M)

14. Rusell Wilson ($89.5 M)

16. Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 M)

17. LeBron James ($89 M)

23. Stephen Curry ($79.8 M)

32. Kevin Durant ($65.4 M)

34. Tiger Woods ($63.9 M)

48. Ben Roethlisberger ($55.5 M)

49. Lewis Hamilton ($55 M)

49. Antony Joshua ($55 M)

49. Khalil Mack ($55 M)

52. Russell Westbrook ($53.7)

55. Novak Djokovic ($50.6 M)

55. Mike Trout ($50.6 M)

64. James Harden ($47.7 M)

65. Conor McGregor ($47 M)

66. DeMarcus Lawrence ($46.9 M)

70. Bryce Harper ($44.5 M)

72. Chris Paul ($43.8 M)

73. Kyrie Irving ($43.3 M)

75. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($43.2 M)

79. Drew Brees ($42.4 M)

81. Aaron Donald ($41.4 M)

82. Damian Lillard ($41.1 M)

86. Sebastian Vettel ($40.3 M)

91. Blake Griffin ($39.1 M)

92. Rory McIlroy ($39 M)

94. Paul George ($38.6 M)

98. Brandin Cooks ($38 M)

The World's Highest-Paid Entertainers 2019.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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