Cristiano Ronaldo has held his place at the highest point of the Forbes list of the highest paid athletes subsequent to earning $93million up to June 1, 2017.
The Real Madrid star – who lifted his second successive Champions League trophy in Cardiff on Saturday – rounded up $58m in salary and winnings, with several endorsements of $35m keeping him top of Forbes rundown.
NBA superstar LeBron James is Ronaldo’s closest challenger with a total profit of $86.2m. He’s racked up four MVP awards and 11 first-time All-NBA selections. But it was not until the 2016-17 season that James had the NBA’s top salary. the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard income seeing him rake £20m more in
endorsements than the C.Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s extraordinary rival Lionel Messi finished third of the list but the Barcelona forward – who descends a place from second – was $13m below on $80m for a year.
Ronaldo was named FIFA’s best player for the fourth time, scored his 600th career goal and secured another contract extension with Spanish champions that will pay more than $50 million every year for four years.
Ronaldo inked a lifetime endorsement Nike worth upward of $1 billion, the Portuguese forward has deals with Herbalife, Abbott Labs, Nike, Tag Heuer, and others. In the mean time, his brand signature of CR7 branded franchise includes hotels, clothing line, shoes , scent, pants and all.
Ronaldo, Lebron and Messi are ahead of the are the rest, though, Roger Federer sitting in fourth with income of $62m – of which $58m originated from sponsorship.
James is joined by fellow NBA stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and James Harden in the top 10, while Rory McIlroy breaks into that gathering surprisingly for the first time.
McIlroy’s kindred golfer Tiger Woods – who beat Forbes list in 2013 – stays in the top 20 ahead of Neymar regardless of only earning $104,000 in pay over the 12 months, his $37m in endorsements seeing him finish 7th on the list.
While tennis star, Serena Williams is the only female competitor on the list subsequent to procuring $27m, an assume figure that sees her complete outside the top 50.
Forbes’ complete rundown:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $93m
2. LeBron James – $86.2m
3. Lionel Messi – $80m
4. Roger Federer – $62m
5. Kevin Durant – $60.6m
6. Andrew Luck – $50m
6. Rory McIlroy – $50m
8. Stephen Curry – $47.3m
9. James Harden $46.6m
10. Lewis Hamilton – $46m
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