Messi surpassed Ronaldo in marketing and joined in the 1 billion USD club

Although Messi was excluded from the nomination in the C1 Cup, according to SportsPro ‘s statistics for the top 50 athletes with the highest marketing value in 2020, Lionel Messi ranks first.

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Mohamed Salah and Paulo Dybala are five footballers in the top 10. Of which Messi and Ronaldo occupied the first two positions, respectively. The third is the LeBron James basketball star. Two football players in the top 10 are Virat Kohli (4) and Rohit Sharma (8). Bianca Andreescu, 2019 US Open Champion, ranked sixth. The remaining delegate in the top ten is MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The entire list will be announced by SportsPro at an online press conference on 30 September.

SportsPro is an online journal devoted to in-depth reporting on sports. Since 2010, they have been studying top athletes of strong selling appeal. In 2019, Naomi Osaka was at the top of the chart while Ronaldo and Messi had not been examined. 

Ronaldo drew 238 million, 123 million and 88 million followers on Instagram , Facebook and Twitter, respectively. Ronaldo has a record of 449 million followers on all three social networks. 

Messi has 167 million fans and 90 million followers on Instagram and Youtube, totalling 257 million followers

Social network fans, though, are only one rating criteria for SportsPro. They also depended on content interaction, fan community growth, media value, and the gap between branded and organic content on network pages. Society of athletes. 

By holding a leadership role, Messi officially obtained a pre-tax gain of USD 1 billion in his lifetime. He is the second player in the history of football to reach this amazing landmark. 

Before that, in June, Ronaldo became the first football billionaire, and the third sports star to join the billion-dollar club after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

On September 14, the American magazine Forbes also ranked Messi at the top of the list of athletes making the most of their money in 2020.