There's no doubt that both Floyd Mayweather and Lionel Messi are two of the best in each of their sports. The American, a living legend of boxing, and the Rosario, the most prominent after Diego Armando Maradona, are - in addition to excellent athletes - two true machines for generating income. But who is more fortunate?
The boxer was listed as the highest paid athlete in the world in 2018 and one of the richest entrepreneurs under 40 years of age in the United States during 2016. According to Forbes estimates, Mayweather boasts a net worth of $ 340 million and earnings. swinging at $ 285 million per fight.
It is worth remembering that only in the confrontation he had against the UFC fighter Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, in 2017, he generated more than $ 550 million in income, of which he was awarded a total of $ 275 million as a boxer and promoter. Of course, this was an exhibition for him to reach the impressive 50-0-0 mark.
While Messi, until a month ago, was all top secret, but after the revelation of the contract that the Argentine has with his Barcelona, we now know that he is the highest paid athlete in the world, with a salary of 555,237,619 gross euros, which will have received between the 2017/2018 season and until the end of the current one.
At the beginning of 2020, the Barça player was already standing out as the highest paid footballer in the world according to the salary classification published by the French newspaper L'Equipe. The Argentine's salary was estimated at 8.3 million euros gross per month, compared to the 4.5 that Cristiano Ronaldo received from Juventus in Turin, a club he joined a couple of seasons ago.