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Virat Kohli the sole cricketer in Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes, Floyd Mayweather, Messi top the list
Kohli is No.83 on this year's list with estimated earnings of $24 million, of which $20m is estimated to come from endorsements and the remaining $4m from his salary.
Messi had agreed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club through the 2020-21 season.
Barcelona star Gerard Pique and Shakira were also present at the ceremony.
Lionel Messi's former agent has said that the Argentine superstar was slated to join bitter rivals Real Madrid when he was just 13 years old.
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi to swap prison sentencescourt for a joint 510,000 euro fine.
The real Madrid striker is now considered as the leading contender to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or.
Zahi Hawass, famed for his Indiana Jones hat and TV specials on Egypt's ancient sites, showed Messi around the Pyramids last month.
The Spanish club needs at least four goals in its next game to avoid being eliminated in the last 16 for the first time in nearly a decade.
Lionel Messi and Neymar scored three spectacular goals to keep Barcelona atop the Spanish league after routing Celta Vigo 5-0.
An early goal from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a comfortable 6-1 win over relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league.
Lionel Messi added to his impressive scoring run this season with a late winner in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted Barcelona remain the best team in the world despite their recent struggles.
Barcelona is only one point behind Madrid, but the Spanish league leaders still have a game in hand and face Villarreal.
Messi can crown his status further by winning the World Cup with Argentina, national coach Edgardo Bauza said.
Messi's spot-kick, following a questionable penalty after Neymar tumbled in the area, saved Barcelona from a second demoralizing result this week.