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Messi unseats Mayweather as highest-paid athlete: Forbes

Wednesday, 2019-06-12 07:01:24
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Messi has scored 603 goals in 687 games for Barcelona. (Photo: Reuters)
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Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi dethroned five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather as the highest paid athlete over the past year, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Tuesday.

Messi, who scored 36 goals while leading Barcelona to the La Liga title this year, earned US$127 million between his salary and endorsements to move up one spot on the list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (US$109 million), Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar (US$105 million), Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez (US$94 million) and Swiss tennis great Roger Federer (US$93.4 million) rounded out the top five.

* La Liga has been fined 250,000 euros by the national data protection agency for not adequately informing users of its official app that the programme can activate smartphone microphones and monitor user location, it said on Tuesday.

* Germany scored five times in 27 minutes in the first half to crush Estonia 8-0 on Tuesday and make it three wins in three Euro 2020 Group C qualifiers. The Germans are now on nine points, three behind group leaders Northern Ireland, who have four wins from four but needed an 86th minute winner by Paddy McNair to edge past hosts Belarus 1-0.

* Former champion Jordan Spieth arrived at this week's US Open confident that his months-long struggles on the course are firmly behind him after a string of three consecutive top-10 finishes. Spieth, who will seek at fourth major title and first since his triumph at the 2017 British Open, said his putting stroke has been fluid for months while his swing is also progressing in the right direction.

* Mongolia booked their place in the second round of Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup finals on Tuesday, with a second-half penalty from Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal sealing their progress despite a 2-1 loss against Brunei. Tsedenbal's spot-kick two minutes into the second half meant Mongolia held on to claim a 3-2 aggregate win over Brunei, who had initially cancelled out the visitors' first-leg advantage thanks to a first-half brace from Razimie Ramlli.

* Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored late on as fancied Sweden laboured to a 2-0 victory over women’s World Cup debutants Chile in their Group F encounter at Roazhon Park in Rennes on Tuesday. The match was interrupted for 45 minutes by lightning and torrential rain in the second half, but Chile had to weather a storm of a different sort on the pitch as Sweden enjoyed the majority of possession and chances.

* Defender Medhi Benatia, who joined Qatari club Al Duhail from Juventus in January, was on Tuesday named captain of Morocco’s 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt this month. Coach Herve Renard cut four players from a preliminary list named last month as he settled on his selection for the tournament, which starts next week.

* Substitute Jill Roord headed home a stoppage time winner as the Netherlands finally broke down New Zealand's defence to emerge with a 1-0 triumph as both countries began their women's World Cup finals campaign at Stade Oceane on Tuesday.

* An own goal from Kim Young-gwon gifted Iran a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Korea on Tuesday evening, as Marc Wilmots continued his unbeaten start to life as the new head coach of the five-time World Cup qualifiers. Hwang Ui-jo put the Koreans in front in the 58th minute but the Koreans held the lead for just five minutes as Kim Young-gwon deflected a corner from Ahmad Nourollahi beyond goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo to ensure the game ended in a draw.

* Fifteen of Serie A's 20 clubs have voted against a proposal to create a semi-closed Champions League from 2024 onwards. The clubs backed a resolution which said that qualification for UEFA club competitions such as the Champions League should be based exclusively on performances in domestic leagues, as happens at present.

* German midfield stalwart Dzsenifer Marozsan will miss the rest of the women's World Cup group phase after breaking a toe in their Group B opening win over China on Saturday. The 27-year-old midfielder, who helped Olympique Lyonnais to a record-extending 13th consecutive league title and fourth straight Champions League crown and won the French League's best player award for the third year in a row, will miss their matches against Spain on Wednesday and South Africa next week.

* AS Roma have appointed Paulo Fonseca as their new coach with the former Shakhtar Donetsk boss signing a two-year contract, the Italian Serie A club said on Tuesday. Fonseca, who Ukrainian club Shakhtar to the league and cup double three years in a row between 2016 and 2019, replaces Claudio Ranieri, who was appointed in March on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

* Medallists at next year's Summer Olympics will stand on podiums made from recycled plastic waste collected from local households or the ocean, Tokyo 2020 organisers said on Tuesday. From June 13, collection boxes will be set up at more than 2,000 outlets of local supermarket chain AEON for residents to deposit any unwanted plastic items for the podiums project, organisers said.

* Chile-based midfielder Josepmir Ballon has been drafted into Peru's national squad for the Copa America in Brazil, the country's football federation said on Tuesday. Peru will begin their Copa America campaign against Venezuela in Porto Alegre on Saturday before meeting Bolivia and Brazil in Group A.

* FIFA announced on Tuesday that over one million tickets have been allocated worldwide for the ongoing 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The world's football governing body said that four days after the tournament kicked off, over one million tickets have been allocated to fans worldwide.

* Yang Xu scored the only goal as China beat Tajikistan 1-0 in an international friendly match in Guangzhou on Tuesday.

Reuters, Xinhua