Lionel Messi becomes the 4th sportsman to hit the $1bn mark

Lionel Messi becomes the 4th sportsman to hit the $1bn mark

- Lionel Messi has reached a milestone of earnings hitting the $1 billion point mark

- The Barcelona star now joins the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Rodger Federer, Tiger Woods and Cristiano Ronaldo

- Messi emerged the highest-paid footballer with a $126 million earnings in salary and endorsements

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Lionel Messi has become the fourth sportsman to earn a billion in his career after Forbes released his recent earnings with Barcelona.

The 33-year-old old was way ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo gulping a massive $126 million against the Portuguese's $117m.

The Barcelona star is now the second footballer to reach the $1bn point mark along with Ronaldo, Rodger Federer, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

Messi earned $92m as salary and the other $34m of his take-home was made from several endorsements.

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Despite making a U-turn on his career with Barcelona, the Argentine superstar still leads the top earning footballers with former teammate Neymar coming third pocketing $96m.

Lionel Messi becomes the 4th sportsman to hit the $1bn mark
Lionel Messi becomes the 4th sportsman to hit the $1bn mark. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe rose to fourth on the pile taking his total sum to $42m at the age of 21.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's U-turn about not leaving Barcelona has had its significance on his personal earnings as the Argentine star would emerge the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of the new season, Forbes claim.

The 33-year-old who almost ditched the Camp Nou this summer will be taking home a massive $126 million beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo who would walk home with $117m at the second spot.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar retains his third spot with a $96m while future Ballon d'Or winner, Kylian Mbappe climbs to fourth with an expected take-home of $42m.

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The Juventus striker has now become the first football player to hit the $1 billion mark and achievement envisaged a few weeks back.

According to Forbes, the 35-year-old earned a staggering $105m from June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020 to achieve the feat.

However, Ronaldo's earnings is second to tennis legend and multiple Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

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