Lionel Messi & Neymar Among the Highest Paid Stars Under 30 in 2016

Lionel Messi Highest Paid Stars Under 30
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Lionel Messi is bringing in the big bucks. 

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The soccer superstar was one of the highest-paid celebrities under 30 in 2016, according to Forbes. The 29-year-old brought in $81.5 million this year, with $30 million coming from major endorsements like Adidas, Nike and many more. Neymar also made the list with $37.5 million, with a lot of that money coming from a dozen endorsement deals with Nike, Red Bull Panasonic and more. 

Messi must be ecstatic, especially since he's currently going through a tough time since leading a boycott of Argentine media. The player, along with a few of his other teammates, has decided to take a stand after criticism of the team's performance. The captain said a recent personal accusation of alleged recreational drug use of a teammate went too far. 

"As you already know, because here you know everything, we are here to tell you that we have taken the decision to not speak with the press anymore," he said, according to CNN. "We have received a lot of accusations, a big lack of respect and we never said anything -- but I think this exceeds everything. You're not going to keep killing us, you're not going to keep saying a million things like you have been. Thanks very much, good night,"

Other stars that made the list include: Taylor Swift; $170 million, One Direction; $110 million, Adele; $80.5 million and many more. Messi actually beat out Adele for the No. 3 spot. 

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Check out what other stars made the top 10 below: 

1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)

2. One Direction ($110 million)

3. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)

4. Adele ($80.5 million)

5. Rihanna ($75 million)

6. Justin Bieber ($56 million)

7. Novak Djokovic ($56 million)

8. Kevin Durant ($56 million)

9. The Weeknd ($55 million)

10. Jordan Spieth ($53 million)

11. Jennifer Lawrence ($46 million)

13. Bigbang ($44 million)

14. Rory McIlroy ($42.5 million)

15. Russell Wilson ($42 million)

16. Sebastian Vettel ($41 million)

17. Drake ($38 million)

18. Rafael Nadal ($37.5 million)

18. Neymar ($37.5 million)

20. Gareth Bale ($36 million) 

21. Marcell Dareus ($35 million)

22. Derrick Rose ($34 million)

23. A.J. Green ($33.5 million)

23. Kei Nishikori ($33.5 million)

23. Ed Sheeran ($33.5 million)

26. James Harden ($33 million)

27. Usian Bolt ($32. 5 million)

28. Clayton Kershaw ($32 million)

29. Olivier Vernon ($32 million) 

30. Kyrie Irving ($28.5 million)