The world has seen the finest athletes whose talents in their respective fields remain unmatched. It is no secret that in sports, the best and the biggest players also get the biggest banks—through their careers they have accumulated wealth from the ticket sales of highly-anticipated matches, merchandise, and whatnot.
If you have ever wondered who among the world's top players get the biggest cash, then look no further. Below is a ranking based on the data provided by JustWatch, an international streaming guide.
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1. Lionel Messi
Football icon Lionel Messi takes the number one spot with US$75 million annual salary. For many fans, Messi is an athlete whose legacy under Barcelona cannot be forgotten, the sports star has been in the with FC Barcelona for 21 years until August 2021.
In a press conference, a tearful Messi announced that he was leaving the Spanish league after the former said it could no longer afford to pay his high wages.
Messi said that he is prepared to shoulder 50 per cent of the wage in order to stay and sign a new contract, but was unable to finalise the deal due to the club's huge debts. “We had everything agreed, but at the last minute, it couldn’t happen; this year, I wanted to stay and I couldn’t,” the player said.