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Top 10 Richest Sports Stars - Cristiano Ronaldo First

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sportsperson for the second successive year, Forbes' annual list of the world's wealthiest athletes shows.

Portugal captain Ronaldo topped the influential business magazine's list for the first time 12 months ago.

The Euro 2016 winner earned $93m (£72.05m) from salary, bonuses and endorsements last year.

The 32-year-old saw his earnings rise $5m (£3.87m) a year on.

The list of elite athletes consists of players from 11 different sports.

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.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of $3.11bn (£2.4bn) over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year's earnings of $3.15bn (£2.43bn).

  • Cristiano Ronaldo - football ($93m/£72.05m)
  • LeBron James - basketball ($86.2m/£66.79m)
  • Lionel Messi - football ($80m/£61.98m)
  • Roger Federer - tennis ($64m/£49.58m)
  • Kevin Durant - basketball ($60.6m/£46.95m)
  • Andrew Luck - American football ($50m/£38.74m)
  • Rory McIlroy - golfer ($50m/£38.74m)
  • Stephen Curry - basketball ($47.3m/£36.64m)
  • James Harden - basketball ($46.6m/£36.10m)
  • Lewis Hamilton - formula 1 ($46m/£35.64m)




I should have taken up Golf when I was younger :ph34r:

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It's bizarre Curry only earns half of what LeBron gets despite the GSW looking like they're going to be competing for the title for several years to come.

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KD making more than Curry is the strange one. 

Lebron is a GOAT contender so makes sense right up near the top

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