Real Madrid star remains at top on Forbes list of richest athletes
According to Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo remained at top followed by Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.
The 32-year-old Portugal star striker is estimated to have earned a $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income. He spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title. The list was released just after that. It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list.
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 who is now on third with $80 million.
Just as last year, Swiss tennis star player Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five.
A 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $27 million – $19 million of which came from endorsements to place her 51st overall.
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.