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Real Madrid maestro Cristiano Ronaldo retained his top spot as the world’s highest-paid athlete as Forbes released its annual ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.
With earnings of £71.8million ($93m) the 32-year-old Portuguese is top of the pile for the second consecutive year.
Before Ronaldo, the best-paid sports star was either Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather for 15 years in a row.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo retained his top spot as the world’s highest-paid athlete
|Rank||Athlete||Sport||Salary (£m)||Endorsements (£m)||Total Earnings (£m)|
|6||Andrew Luck||American Football||36.3||2.3||38.6|
|10||Lewis Hamilton||Formula One||29.4||6.2||35.5|
Woods ranks No 17 this year, while Mayweather did not make the cut, having had no fights over the past 12 months.
Cost of admission to the 2017 list is the highest ever at £16.5m ($21.4m), up £463,000 ($600,000) from the previous year.
‘Massive TV contracts are fueling bigger salaries across team sports, pushing the entry level to qualify for the top 100 athletes higher than ever, but the retirement of several prolific endorsers like Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant dented sponsorship income this year,’ said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor of Forbes Media.