Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes World’s Highest Paid Athlete

Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has become World's highest paid Athlete for the first time.

The 31years old footballer cross over Barcelona rival Lionel Messi bagged $ 81m , ( £ 65m ), and Cleveland Cavaliers star player LeBron James, earned with $ 77m , ( £ 61.7m ).

Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes said " With may wheather hanging up his gloves and woods hampered by injuries, these in an opening at the top - filling the gap is the biggest star in the biggest sport on the planet.

" This year soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's highest paid athlete, with earnings of $ 88m over the past 12 months from salary, bonuses and endorsement Ronaldo is only the second team athlete after Michael Jordan to rank as the top - paid since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990."

The Funchal, Madeira ( Portugal ) born footballer also beats Floyd Mayweather ( retired boxer ) and legendary golfer Tiger Woods to clinch the prize across all globe sports.

Ronaldo and Messi left behind other footballers in the ranking like, Barcelona's Neymar is in 21st position (£ 30.8m ), Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in 23rd position( £ 30m ), Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is in 25th position ( £ 28.7m ) and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is in 49th position ( £ 21m ).

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