Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest paid athlete in the world

For the first time in Forbes list history would a footballer top the richest sports person list and the second time a player in a team sport would top it. Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo tops the highest earning athlete list recently released by Forbes for the year 2016. He was followed by football rival Leonel Messi who was second on the list.

This goes a long way to show how football is getting more and more acceptance in global sports. This list for the past 14 years has been topped by either boxer Floyd Mayweather or golfer Tiger Woods. Cristiano Ronaldo is the second team athlete to top this list since its inception in 1990. The first is Michael Jordan. See the top 10 below;

Cristiano Ronaldo $88 M
Lionel Messi $81.4 M
LeBron James $77.2 M
Roger Federer $67.8 M
Kevin Durant $56.2 M
Novak Djokovic $55.8 M
Cam Newton $53.1 M
Phil Mickelson $52.9 M
Jordan Spieth $52.8 M
Kobe Bryant $50 M

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