Lionel Messi: The World’s Highest-Paid Latino on Forbes’ The Celebrity 100 List

Lionel Messi is kickin’ his way to the top of the earnings charts…

The 33-year-old Argentine soccer star, who plays for FC Barcelona, is the top-earning Latinx celebrity on Forbes’ recently released The Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the world’s highest-paid celebrities of 2020.

Lionel Messi

Messi, who has been awarded both FIFA’s Ballon d’Or and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times, comes in at No. 5 with earning of $104 million.

His current contract with Barcelona is through 2020-21 and pays him more than $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas, and he launched his own clothing line and opened his first retail outlet, The Messi Store, in September 2019 in Barcelona.

The World Health Organization (WHO) tapped Messi in March 2020 to help lead a worldwide campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nipping on Messi’s heels is another soccer star and his former teammate… Neymar.

The 28-year-old Brazilian soccer player comes in at No. 7 on the list with earning of $95.5 million.

Neymar is currently on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.

He’s the second most popular athlete on social media with a combined 244 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nike‘s Jordan Brand signed Neymar as its first soccer ambassador in 2016. In March 2020 its film unit released a movie about his life.

Jennifer Lopez is this year’s highest-paid Latina on the list.

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar comes in at No. 56 on the list with earnings of $47.5 million.

One of the more popular celebrities when it comes to endorsements, J.Lo has deals with Versace, DSW, Quay sunglasses and her own fragrance.

In 2018, she played her final shows at Las Vegas’ Zappos Theater, grossing more than $100 million in two years–the top Vegas residency by a Latin artist. She tacked on another $55 million in 2019 ticket sales for her ensuing world tour, which included stops in Egypt, Israel and Russia.

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his first appearance on The Celebrity 100.

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican actor/rapper/lyricist/composer and Broadway star, the creator of the hit musical Hamilton, comes in at No. 62 with earning of $45.5 million.

Disney acquired worldwide rights to the film version of Hamilton in February 2020 for $75 million. And he helped create a $1 million emergency relief fund to benefit artists impacted by COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

Other Latinx celebrities making the list include Howie Dorough (as a member of Backstreet Boys); Sofia Vergara, the world’s highest-paid actress; Robert Trujillo (as a member of Metallica); tennis star Rafael Nadal; and Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez.

Forbes’ list ranks “front of the camera” stars around the globe using pretax earnings from June 2019 through May 2020 before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Figures are based on information from Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Pollstar, IMDB, NPD BookScan and ComScore as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

In total, the 100 celebrities racked in a total of $6.1 billion in pretax earnings, which took a $200 million dip from last year after the pandemic halted — or rather redirected — lots of business models.

Here’s a look at the Latino/a celebrities who made the list this year:

No. 5 Lionel Messi, 33, Argentina, Soccer, $104 million

No. 7 Neymar, 28, Brazil, Soccer, $95.5 million
No. 56 Jennifer Lopez, 51, USA (Puerto Rican), Entertainment, $47.5 million

No. 62 Lin-Manuel Miranda, 40, USA (Puerto Rican), Entertainment, $45.5 million
No. 64 Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys), 47, USA (Half-Puerto Rican), Music, $45 million
No. 71 Sofia Vergara, 48, Colombia, Entertainment, $43 million

No. 78 Robert Trujillo (Metallica), 55, USA (Half-Mexican)Music, $40.5 million
No. 80 Rafael Nadal, 34, Spain, Tennis, $40 million
No. 91 Canelo Alvarez, 30, Mexico, Boxing, $37 million

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Lionel Messi: The World’s Highest Paid Latino Celebrity

Lionel Messi isn’t just making goals… He’s makin’ some serious bank…

Forbes magazine has released its list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, with the 32-year-old Argentine professional footballer coming in at No. 5 with $104 million, making his the highest-paid Latino celebrity in the world.

Lionel Messi

Messi has been awarded both FIFA‘s Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times. His 438 goals, including 36 hat tricks for Barcelona, is a club and La Liga record.

Neymarcomes in at No. 7…

The 28-year-old Brazilian professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team, had reported earnings of $95.5 million.

Jennifer Lopez is the highest-paid Latina celebrity on Forbes’ list.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar,one of the more popular celebrities when it comes to endorsements, had earnings of $47.5 million. She has deals with VersaceDSWQuay sunglasses and her own fragrances.

The multi-hyphenate also produced and starred in the 2019 film Hustlers.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has made Forbes’ list for the first time…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star had reported earnings of $45.5 million.

The Hamilton creator and star added to his haul from the Broadway hit in February when Walt Disney paid $75 million for the rights to air the filmed version of his Founding Father musical. 

Other Latino/a celebrities making the list include Howie Dorough (along with his fellow Backstreet Boys), Sofia VergaraRobert Trujillo (along with his fellow Metallica band mates), Rafael Nadal and Canelo Alvarez.

Here’s a look at the Latino/as making this year’s list:

No. 5 Lionel Messi, $104 million
No. 7 Neymar, $95.5 million
No. 56 Jennifer Lopez, $47.5 million 
No. 62 Lin-Manuel Miranda, $45.5 million
No. 64 Backstreet Boys, $45 million
No. 71 Sofia Vergara, $43 million
No. 78 Metallica, $40.5 million
No. 80 Rafael Nadal, $40 million
No. 91 Canelo Alvarez, $37 million

Jennifer Lopez Signs Multi-Year Touring Deal with Live Nation

Jennifer Lopezis taking the show on the road…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar, who wowed a global audience of 100 million with her co-headlining Super Bowl Halftime Show, has signed a major multi-year touring deal with Live Nation.

Jennifer Lopez

“Jennifer Lopez has given fans spectacular live performances for decades through sold out tour dates and her Las Vegas residencies,” said Brad Wavra, senior vice president touring, Live Nation.

WhileJ.Lo‘s recent Super Bowl halftime performance was a highlight, Wavra says it’s Lopez’s2019 It’s My Party Tour (produced by Live Nation) that really cemented the partnership, featuring Lopez’s thrilling brand of signature pop hits, from “Ain’t Your Mama” and “El Anillo” to “Let’s Get Loud” and “Live It Up.”

“The demand to see Jennifer live is only growing,” Wavra said. “Live Nation is proud to be partnering with such a worldwide phenomenon for years to come.”

Lopez has established a career as an actress, producer, singer and entertainer with extensive projects in music, film and television with more than 75 million records sold globally, in addition to a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of more than $3 billion.

Lopez, who is the only female artist to have a No. 1 album and No. 1 film at the box office simultaneously, will next star in the movie musical Marry Me withOwen Wilsonand Colombian recording artist Maluma. The film is set in the world of pop music, which celebrates the unlikely romance between a pop star and a fan. 

Earlier this week, Lopez took the top prize forPollstar’Best Latin Tour(It’s My Party).

Lopez has returned for another season as the global face of Guessand has been appearing in global advertising campaigns for both Guess and the brand’s more fashion-forward label, Marciano. Lopez also has deals with Versaceand Coach, with more on the way.

Lopez was a Fly Girldancer on In Living Color before she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. It was the 1997 film Selena, directed by Gregory Nava, that made her a household name and earned her a Golden Globenomination.

Lopez, who has millions of followers on social media, including more than 110 million on Instagram, is part of a new remix of the song “RITMO” — the 2019 single by the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin.

Jennifer Lopez Appears in Coach’s Spring/Summer 2020 Campaign


Jennifer Lopezis this year’s face of fashion… And, she’s being recognized for her style.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has landed another fashion campaign, Coach’s Spring/Summer 2020 campaign launching this week.

Jennifer Lopez x Coach

The photos feature a number of sleek looks, including one standout: a sweater with Barbra Streisand‘s face on it. The Funny Girl superstar took to Twitter to praise the look. 

Jennifer Lopez x Coach

“Love this! Hi @jlo — nice to see you wearing my face!,” she wrote with a tongue out emoji and a yellow heart.

JLo was elated with the shout out, and quickly replied, “OMG!!!!! Love youuuuu @BarbraStreisand.”

Lopez was announced as the new face of Coach back in November. 

“I’m so excited for this collaboration with Coach” she said at the time via Instagram. “It is a timeless brand that I’ve always been a fan of and the upcoming collection really speaks to my personal style –– an uptown downtown mix.”

This year, J.Lo has already appeared in campaigns for Guess and Versace.

Jennifer Lopez: The Face of Versace’s Spring/Summer 2020 Campaign

It’s the print that keeps on giving for Jennifer Lopez

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is teaming up with Versace to revive one of her most epic looks.

Jennifer Lopez - Versace Dress

Over the weekend, J.Loannounced that she’ll be the face of Versace’s spring/summer 2020 campaign and shared a few images featuring the designer’s sleek garments. 

One of the portraits — shot by famed photographers Mert & Marcus— is of Lopez lounging in a jungle-print jumpsuit with matching jacket. 

The turquoise and lime green print of the ensemble is the same as the sheer, plunging dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awardswhich will also keep time on Versace watchbands this season.

Versace Releasing Watch Inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Grammys Dress

Here’s you chance to wear a Jennifer Lopez-inspired accessory…

Versace has released a special watch inspired by the jungle-print dress the 50-year-old Puerto Rican star made famous at the Grammys in 2000.

Jennifer Lopez - Versace Dress

The green gown made a return to the runway for Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2020, when the Hustlers star and Oscars hopeful strutted down the runway in a redux of the design in September. 

This time, Versace is releasing the pattern in watch form, selling for $1,495. 

The Medusa Frame jungle-print timepiece with Roman numerals will head to stores in May. It comes with an interchangeable black leather strap for a more subtle swap.

The Lopez dress was back in the headlines in November, when the Italian fashion house sued Fashion Nova for knocking off several of its designs, including Lopez’s iconic gown. The runway look was worn as a popular Halloween costume for fans in 2019. 

“Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer,” the court papers read. 

Jennifer Lopez Wears “The Dress” at Versace’s Spring 2020 Show 20 Years After Owning the Grammys Red Carpet

It’s a blast from the past for Jennifer Lopez… 

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and Hustlers actress closed out Versace‘s Spring 2020 show in a re-worked version of the revealing, bright green silk chiffon dress she donned at the Grammy Awards 20 years ago.

Jennifer Lopez - Versace Dress

The dress quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, causing complications for Google after too many people searched the combination of J-Lo and Versace at the time of the awards.

The dress even led to the creation of Google Images after it became clear that users were interested in finding photos on the internet, rather than simply text.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed in a 2015 essay that the need for photo aggregation “first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention.”

“At the time,” Schmidt continued, “it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

And, according to a video of the runway walk that Lopez posted on Instagram, the significance of the dress clearly wasn’t lost on the attendees. Almost every audience member can be seen holding up their phones to capture the nostalgic moment, while audible cheers can be heard.

Donatella Versace, at the helm of the Italian fashion brand, told Vogue that the two had hatched the plan when they met at this year’s Met Ball. “The world stopped, everyone wanted to look at that dress… I’m proud we inspired Google Images,” Versace said. “You know when I do something, I really do it.”

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David Fumero Lands Role on Spectrum’s “Bad Boys” Spinoff Series “L.A.’s Finest”

It’s a Finest hour for David Fumero

The 45-year-old Cuban actor has landed a recurring roles on L.A.’s Finest, Spectrum’s 13-episode series starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba.

David Fumero

The spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise hails from writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, Sony Pictures Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and 2.0 Entertainment.

It follows Burnett (Union), who last was seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. She now has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, Burnett is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles.

Fumero will play Lt. Jason Calloway, an LAPD lieutenant with the Narcotics Division. He and Syd had a one-night stand that colors their occasionally adversarial relationship around the office. A good cop and a total pro; not above arresting any cop who crosses the line.

Union and Alba executive produce alongside co-showrunners Margolis, Sonnier, and Pam Veasey.

Fumero was a series regular on the Starz drama Power.

Fumero, who first began as an international fashion model for such fashion powerhouses as Versace, Armani, John-Paul Gauthier, and Dior, rose to fame on the ABCsoap opera One Life to Live.

Martin to Star in Ryan Murphy’s FX Limited Series “Versace: American Crime Story”

Ricky Martin is bracing for a life of American Crime

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor has been cast in Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment in the FX limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Ricky Martin

Martin, who starred on ABC’s General Hospital back in 1994-1995, will co-star opposite Édgar Rarmirez, Penélope Cruz and Darren Criss.

The 10-episode Versace examines the shocking July 1997 assassination of Gianni Versace (Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss).

Martin will play Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico; Cruz plays Versace’s sister Donatella.

This is a reunion for Martin and Murphy, who first cast the Latin music superstar in an episode of his Fox series Glee.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, is based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

Tom Rob Smith is writing the first two and multiple subsequent episodes, and Murphy, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the opening episode of The People v. O.J. Simpsonwill direct the first hour.

Versace will begin production later this month in Los Angeles and Miami for a 2018 premiere. It will follow the second installment in the franchise, Katrina: American Crime Story.

American Crime Storys core producing team — Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, all Emmy winners for People v O.J. Simpson as Best Limited Series — executive produce Versace alongside Smith.

Martin has sold more than 70 million albums and has done runs on Broadway in Evita and Les Miserables. The “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer’s most recent 10th studio album, 2015’s A Quien Quiera Escuchar, won Best Latin Pop Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

A dedicated global advocate for tolerance via his Ricky Martin Foundation, Martin can be seen in Las Vegas at his residency at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Lionsgate to Release Derbez’s “How to Be a Latin Lover” in April 2017

Eugenio Derbez will spread the Love(r) next spring…

Lionsgate has scheduled the 54-year-old Mexican actor’s comedy How to Be a Latin Lover for release on April 28, 2017.

Eugenio Derbez

The film centers on Maximo (Derbez), a fading gigolo who is kicked out of the house by his aged mistress and is forced to return to live with his estranged sister and her preteen son in their humble home. Sporting a wardrobe consisting mostly of Versace speedos, Maximo focuses on finding another sugar mama to support his expensive tastes.

Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch and Rob Riggle co-star in the film for Lionsgate’s Pantelion label.

Ken Marino is directing from a script by Chris Spain and Jon Zack.