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Friday, 9 June 2017

Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes




Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine ’ s list of 100 highest -paid athletes , with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.



The 32 - year -old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $ 93 million between his football salary of $ 58 million and $ 35 million in endorsement income .

It ’ s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list , released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4 - 1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title.

James , with estimated earnings of $ 86 . 2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 — up from 18 last year .

He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi , now third with $ 80 million.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ( $ 64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ( $ 60 . 6 million ) rounded out the top five — just as they did last year .

The Forbes figures include salaries , prize money and bonuses earned between June 1 , 2016, and June 1 , 2017 . Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships , appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12 - month period based on conversations with industry insiders .

Serena Williams , a 23 - time Grand Slam winner, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $ 27 million — $ 19 million of which came from endorsements — to place her 51 st overall .


( AFP)