#2. Lionel Messi (Football) Estimated Earnings: $81.4 million
There are not enough superlatives to describe Messi’s talents. To say he works wonders with the ball on the football pitch would be an understatement. His footballing exploits have helped him win a litany of trophies, but the one achievement that places him above the rest is his 5 Ballon D’Or awards, an unprecedented feat thus far. Over the past 12 months, the football genius amassed a fortune of $28 million from endorsements, thanks largely in part to his partnership with the sportswear giant, Adidas. His parent club, FC Barcelona, also saw that his performances on the field were richly compensated for. The club paid $53.4 million for his services in the past year. His total estimated earnings stand at a whopping $81.4 million.