Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

It's the second consecutive season the Real Madrid star topped the Forbes list that included Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2 million) and soccer player Lionel Messi ($80 million).

The Real Madrid player was named FIFA's best player in the world for the fourth time, scored his 600th career goal, and had his playing contract extended for the next four years.

Cristiano Ronaldo's last 12 months just keep getting better and better.

The soccer star, who led Real Madrid's Champions League title squad, made $93 million in the past year-$58 million from his soccer salary and $35 million from endorsements.

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Basketball dominates with a record 32 NBA players among the top 100, up from 18 in 2016, followed by baseball with 22, American football with 15 and football with nine.

Forbes calculated its ratings based on income earned in the 12-month period ending June 1, 2017.

Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of "The World's highest paid athletes" with a total pay of United States dollars 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements.

McGregor ranked at number 24 on the list with a projected annual earning of $34 million (€30.25m), tied with Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

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The 32-year-old has often been linked with a move back to United, with reports claiming the English side were willing to spend £150 million (R2.4 billion) to get their former player back.

National Basketball Association players accounted for 32 players on the list, more than any other sports league, followed by the MLB with 22 players and the NFL with 15 players.

No other country had more than two athletes in the 100.

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