​Argentina and ​Barcelona superstar, ​Lionel Messi has been named the fourth highest paid celebrity in the world as per a list released by ​Forbes, though there is no place for his rival, ​Cristiano Ronaldo in the top five.


Forbes released their list of the top 100 highest-paid celebrities for 2019 with the 31-year-old coming in fourth, with the magazine estimating that he earned a staggering $127 million (£101 million) as of July 2019.


That Messi has come on top among footballers is due to his mouth watering contract with the Catalan giants, with whom he signed a new contract last year worth 50m-per-year without tax, while he also has an extremely lucrative sponsorship deal with sporting manufacturing giants, Adidas.



Ronaldo narrowly missed the top five list, coming in at sixth after pocketing $109m (£87m), a majority of which came thanks to his salary and wages at current club, Juventus. Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar came in at seventh, earning a cool $105m (£84m) during the said time period.


Musician Taylor Swift leads the world's highest-paid celebrities list, making a staggering $185m (£148m), while Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, The Eagles, Dr. Phil and Canelo Alvarez make up the top ten.


Here's the top ten in full:


1. Taylor Swift ($185 M)

2. Kylie Jenner ($170 M)

3. Kanye West ($150 M)

4. Lionel Messi ($127 M)

5. Ed Sheeran ($110 M)

6. Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 M)

7. Neymar ($105 M)

8. The Eagles ($100 M)

9. Dr. Phil McGraw ($95 M)

10. 'Canelo' Alvarez ($94 M)