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 ).