Argentina's Lionel Messi drives the ball during the international friendly football match against Nicaragua at the San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, on June 7, 2019. / AFP / Andres LARROVERE
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Lionel Messi was the world's highest paid athlete over the past year, Forbes reported Tuesday in its annual sporting rich list.Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar completed a sweep of the top three positions by footballers, coming in third with earnings of $105 million.Evergreen tennis star Roger Federer was fifth on the list with total earnings of $93.4 million.Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the highest earning NBA player, with $89 million, while Golden State's Stephen Curry was ninth with $79.8 million.
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