Lionel Messi, Barcelona star, has emerged as the 2019 highest paid athlete in the world with total value of $127 million.
The Argentine striker beat long time rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the list of elite earners in the world of sports as listed by Forbes.
Though, Messi and his Barca teammates failed in Europe following their humiliation at Anfield in May, the attacker still managed to win the La Liga title at the end of last season.
Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer but his move to the Italian League giants failed to help him secure the top spot on the ranking as he was valued $107 million in the year under review.
The 34-year-old won the Serie A title in his first season at the club, and was also awarded the most valuable player for the season.
He scored 21 goals in 31 league appearances for the Old Lady, while his tally for the season stood at 27 in all competition.
Embattled Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar ranks third behind the Argentine and the Portuguese.
The 27-year-old joined the French League giants as the world’s most expensive player from Barcelona in 2017.