Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar made li

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar made li

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are among the highest paid sports stars in the world.

According to the list of richest athletes which three took the top slots ahead of boxing, American Football and basketball stars.

Messi claimed top spot ahead of rival Ronaldo with a total of £99.72million, including both salary and endorsements.

The Juventus star was second with £85.58million while Neymar was third on £82.4million.

The top 10 was rounded off by boxer Canelo Alvarez, tennis superstar Roger Federer, NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers and NBA trio LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.Tiger Woods was just outside the top 10 with a total of £50.15million.

British superstars Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua were joint 13th, along with Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack, with £43.18million.The list is dominated by NFL, NBA and MLB stars with the next footballer not appearing until 44th on the list.

This goes to Manchester United star Paul Pogba who was paid £25.91million. Alexis Sanchez is 53rd while Kylian Mbappe is 55th.

Serena Williams is the only female athlete on the list in 63rd place as she was paid £22.93million.