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Ronaldo is richer than Messi: See others on the list


Ronaldo is richer than Messi: See others on the list

Cristiano Ronaldo has been listed as the highest-paid athlete in the world by American business magazine Forbes.

The Real Madrid forward is the first footballer to ever top the annual list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, having earned $88m in the last 12 months – $6.6m more than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who is second.

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There are five Britons in the top 100, led by Lewis Hamilton in 11th on $46m, with Rory McIlroy at 17 ($42.6m), Gareth Bale at 25 ($35.9m), Wayne Rooney at 49 ($26.1m) and Andy Murray at 74 ($23m).

See the list below.


Forbes top-earning athletes 2016

Name Sport Salary + endorsements ($m)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Por) Football 88.0
Lionel Messi (Arg) Football 81.4
LeBron James (USA) Basketball 77.2
Roger Federer (Sui) Tennis 67.8
Kevin Durant (USA) Basketball 56.2
Novak Djokovic (Srb) Tennis 55.8
Cam Newton (USA) American football 53.1
Phil Mickelson (USA) Golf 52.9
Jordan Spieth (USA) Golf 52.8
Kobe Bryant (USA) Basketball 50.0
Lewis Hamilton (Eng) Formula One 46.0
Tiger Woods (USA) Golf 45.3
Eli Manning (USA) American football 45.0
Joe Flacco (USA) American football 44.5
Tom Brady (USA) American football 44.1
Floyd Mayweather (USA) Boxing 44.0
Rory McIlroy (NIrl) Golf 42.6
Russell Wilson (USA) American football 41.8
Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Formula One 41.0
Philip Rivers (USA) American football 38.0
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