Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on during the FIFA Club World Cup final match between River Plate and FC Barcelona at International Stadium Yokohama on December 20, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Compiled By NAN Lifestyle Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 30, 2015: Five Latin American-born celebrities were among the highest paid in the world this year.
Here are the top 5 according to Forbes rankings:
1: Lionel Messi: This Argentine-born soccer star has a net worth of US$ 74 million, making him the 13th highest paid celeb. across the globe and the number one in the Americas. The 28-year-old earns some US$52 million in salary and another US$22 million in endorsements. He holds records for most goals in Barca competitions, most goals in La Liga competitions, most goals scored in a calendar year and most hat tricks scored.
Gisele Bundchen. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
2: Gisele Bündchen: The Brazilian supermodel is one of the highest-paid model in fashion and has a net worth of US $44 million, making her the second highest paid Latin American celebrity and the 46th highest paid worldwide.
3: Neymar: Brazilian soccer star Neymar earns some US$31 million, making him the 82nd highest paid celebrity globally and the third top earner in the Americas. The 23-year-old earns a lot from sponsorships that came on the heels of the World Cup held in his homeland including commercials for Nike and Beats By Dre.
Neymar of Barcelona in action during the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between River Plate and Barcelona at the International Stadium Yokohama on December 20, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
4: James Rodriguez: This Colombian soccer star’s Golden Boot award on the heels of the 2014 World Cup has given him a real bump un earnings. The 24-year-old has at a net worth of US$29 million, making him the 89th highest paid celebrity in the world and the fourth highest paid from the Americas.
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid controls the ball during a training session at Valdebebas training ground on December 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
5: Sofía Vergara: This 43-year-old Colombian native shares the title of highest-earning actress on television thanks to a hefty per episode pay on “Modern Family,” plus several lucrative endorsement deals. Off-camera, she’s been building a business empire: she co-founded talent management and entertainment-marketing firm Latin World Entertainment in the 90s, years before American viewers were introduced to Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ‘Modern Family.’ Her net worth is now put at US$28.5 million, making her the 95th highest paid celebrity in the world
and the fifth highest paid from the Americas.
Sofia Vergara. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)