Cristiano Ronaldo retains top spot with £71.8m total earnings as Forbes releases its 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes

Cristiano Ronaldo retains top spot with £71.8m total earnings as Forbes releases its 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes

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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

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo retained his top spot as the world’s highest-paid athlete

Ronaldo enjoys Real's Champions League success at the Bernabeu a day after the Cardiff win

WORLD’S TOP 10 HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES IN 2017 
Rank Athlete Sport Salary (£m) Endorsements (£m) Total Earnings (£m)
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Football 44.8 27 71.8
2 LeBron James Basketball 24.1 42.5 66.6
3 Lionel Messi Football 40.9 20.9 61.8
4 Roger Federer Tennis 4.6 44.8 49.4
5 Kevin Durant Basketball 20.5 26.3 46.8
6 Rory McIlroy Golf 12.4 26.3 38.6
6 Andrew Luck American Football 36.3 2.3 38.6
8 Stephen Curry Basketball 9.5 27 36.5
9 James Harden Basketball 20.5 15.5 36
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.

 

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